The Collies comprise of six members, four hailing from Co. Sligo, one from Luton, England and one from North Mayo. As individual artists the members have already established themselves as very talented musicians throughout the country and abroad but combined together as a team they definitely have plenty of Bark and Bite.
The very talented Colm O'Donnell (nicknamed Shep) is the founder of the Band. Colm has not only established himself as being one of the finest traditional singers today, but has many all Ireland credits to his name on concert flute, tin whistles, as well as singing. He has toured with Comhaltas many times, and Music Network and has taught Traditional music and song all over Ireland and abroad.
Tubbercurry man Declan Payne (Fido) plays the Piano Accordion with the group. Declan is highly regarded as an excellent player and teacher of the instrument. He has toured with Gurteen group Ceoltoiri Coleman and Music Network. Declan is holder of a Senior All Ireland title on the Piano Accordion.
Playing Banjo and Mandolin on the group is Declan's wife, Theresa O'Grady. Theresa (Tess) is a well renowned figure on the traditional circuit in Ireland and her native Luton , and is regarded as one of the finest Banjo players in the country. She has traveled the world, playing, and teaching the Banjo, and has toured with Comhaltas many times. Theresa is a holder of Senior Banjo, duet, and trio All Ireland titles.
Shane McGowan (Bruce) is one of the accompanists with the group. He hails from Knocknashee in South Sligo . He is the son of the great flute player Harry McGowan. Shane is an exceptional guitarist, and plays many different styles of music. He is one of the dominant figures on the Dublin scene, playing regularly in venues throughout the city but also finds time to teach at many workshops. Shane has been featured accompanying many great artists on the television programmes, namely “The Late Late Show” and “Open House” .
Mayo woman Maria Lynn (Sal) plays Piano and Bouzouki with the group. She has taught the Piano at many musical festivals both in Ireland and abroad. She is a member of Ceoltoiri Coleman throughout the summer months, and tours abroad regularly with her ceili band, “The Heather Breeze Ceili Band”. Maria is a much sought after accompanist and teacher.
To complete the group we have on Bodhrán and vocals Siobhán O'Donnell. Siobhán (Sheeba) is the eldest daughter of Colm and is the youngest member of the group. Siobhán's fine Bodhrán playing adds to the pulsating rhythms, made by the group. She has toured North America and Europe with many groups, and is also a holder of All-Ireland titles.
01.Martin Wynne's No.3, The Abbey Reel, Corry Hilly, The Cloone Reel (Reels)
02.Here's a Health to the Company (Song)
03.John Brennan's, Mick O'Connor's, The Duke of Leinster (Reels)
04.The Scotsman Over the Border, Willie Coleman's, Tom Billy's (Jigs)
05.Dílín Ó Deamhas (Song)
06.Spórt, The King of the Pipers (Jigs)
07.A Lover's Heart (Song)
08.The Man in the Bog, The Luathradáin's Jig (Jigs)
09.Wild Mountain Thyme (Song)
10.Paddy O'Brien's, The Whistling Postman (Reels)
11.With a Love That's True (Air)
12.Sailing into Walpole's March, Creggs's Pipes, Gan Anim, Draggin Across the Road (Reels)
13.The Tinkerman's Daughter (Song)
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01.Wing Commander Donald MacKenzie's, Andy Renwick's Ferret, Ciaran Tourish's Reel
02.Tyrrell's Pass, Stan Chapman's, The Lisnagun Jig
03.All The Ways You Wander
04.Na Deora Mora
05.The Harvest Home
06.Rinn Na Mara
07.The Guns Of The Magnificent Seven, The Boys Of Malin, The Gravel Walk
08.Morse Avenue, Hughie Shortie's
09.Troy's Wedding, Peter Ostroushko's Jig
10.I Won't Be Afraid Any More
11.Fr.Francis Cameron, Carnie's Canter, The Saratoga
12.The Parker Twins, Denis Langtot's
13.Tiocfaidh An Samhradh
14.The Corsair, The Tartar Frigate
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Luke Plumb is a multi-instrumentalist with a varied and eclectic musical outlook. Luke from Hobart Tasmania, is a member of Scottish super group Shooglenifty, who enrolled him to tour Australia with them in 2002. After the success of the tour he joined the band and currently lives in Edinburgh.
The long awaited solo album from Shooglenifty band member Luke Plumb. Simply mandolin with a bit of percussion. Delightful. The mandolin has become increasingly popular in Scottish music and with Luke Plumb, a noted exponent, we have an excellent CD of mostly traditional tunes with percussion accompaniment from James Mackintosh.
06.Marion And Donald
08.O' Carolan's Receipt
09.Ashtray On The Altar
10.Battle Of The Somme
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Glasgow based musician Kathleen Boyle comes from a family steeped in the traditional music of Donegal.
She has won All-Scotland and All-Britain titles on both the Accordion and Piano. In 1999 she made history as the first graduate of traditional music in Scotland, from the R.S.A.M.D. where she now lectures.
Kathleen has appeared on numerous national television and radio shows in the UK, America and Canada. She has performed on tour and at festivals in the UK, America, Canada, Ireland, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Austria and Czech Republic.
Kathleen is a member of the bands Dochas, Cherish the Ladies, Tirconnail and St Roch's Ceili Band, as well as performing as a solo artist.
02.Strathspey's & Reels
03.An Cailín Rua
04.The Dawn Set
07.Paddy O Briens
09.The Banks of Red Roses
10. The Moving Clouds
11. Cailín Deas Crúite na mBó
Kathleen Boyle: piano accordion & piano
Hughie Boyle: piano accordion
Eamon Doorley: bouzouki
Julie Fowlis: vocals
Ali Hutton: guitar
Duncan Lyall: double bass
Kevin O'Neill: flute
Martin O'Neill: bodhran
Jenna Reid: fidde
Heidi Talbot: vocals
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01.As I Roved Out
04.Oganaich An Or-Fhuilt Bhuidhe, Am Braighe
05.Forty Days And Nights
06.Eyes Of Margaret
07.You Feel The Same Way Too
10.Blue Eyed Suzie
11.Your Boat's Lost At Sea
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