We've maintained the format of this element of the Cruinniú this year, as we felt that the change of venue of two years ago has worked very well since for both the players and audience. This year we again have two players to showcase.

So the venue is the Ionaid Culturtha ( directly beside where the classes are held. )

This year we'll hear:

Iarla Mac Gabhann

Hailing from Churchtown in Dublin, Iarlaith began learning the flute at age 11 and attended classes under various teachers at workshops and festivals around the country. At age 16 he began attending lessons with Belfast flute player Harry Bradley, who was instrumental in influencing his style. Iarlaith is strongly influenced by the playing of flute players such as John McKenna, Tom Morrison, Packie Duignan, Patsy Hanly and Kevin Henry to name but a few. Iarlaith has performed and taught at a range of festivals including The Festival Interceltique de Lorient and has recently joined the Waterford based band Nuadán. Iarlaith is currently completing his BA in Genetics in UCD. 

Plunkett O' Toole

Plunkett O’ Toole is Flute player from Leitir Móir, in Connemara. He began playing the Irish tin-whistle at the age of six before progressing to the Irish concert flute. He has played extensively throughout Ireland with some of Ireland’s finest traditional Irish musicians such as renowned whistle player Mary Bergin.

Plunkett has recently graduated from University College Cork with a first class honours degree in Music. During this time, Plunkett concentrated on performance becoming the recipient of both the Dónal Doc Gleeson Award and the Séan Ó Ríada Memorial Prize which is awarded to the student who displays the deepest understanding of the nature of Irish Traditional music at an academic and performance level.

Plunkett is hoping to continue his studies and start an MA in music therapy in 2019.