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Expo Players

Expo Players November Musicians(From top, left to right) Caoimhin O Fearghaill, Kaitlin Cullen-Verhauz, Iarlaith MacGabhann, Darragh Brannigan, Marty Barry, Ryan McAuley, Cathal O Currain, Conor Connolly, Ian Kinsella, Eimear McGeown, James Carty and Paddy Tulty.

Animating the Courtyard will be the Expo Players, our house ensemble, performing Irish music through every day of Expo. The Expo players are drawn from a deep well of young Irish musical talent. They will introduce audiences to Irish music, its history, instruments and stories.

They will also create their own interpretations of songs from the Irish songbook, in engaging performances that will reveal the background to and history of the songs. With musicians rotating monthly, the Expo Players will reflect a young, talented Ireland and offer audiences an authentic insight into qualities of creativity and virtuosity that are flourishing in Irish music.

Developed and produced in partnership with the National Concert Hall, the Expo Players will reinterpret and perform tracks from the Irish Songbook.

For the month of November, Ireland’s Expo Players comprises:

  • Ryan McAuley, a five-string banjo player and vocalist from Dundalk, County Louth. He specialises in old-time music, a regional American musical tradition from the Appalachian mountains. The origin of which is in many ways a result of Irish diasporic settlement in this region.
  • Cathal Ó Curráin, a traditional musician and singer from Gaoth Dobhair, Co.Donegal. Cathal plays the bouzouki and the fiddle and his most recent work includes an Album with The High Seas, The Conifers, The Friel Sisters and Aoife Scott’s “Homebird” with the multi- Grammy award winning, Ron Block of Alisson Krauss and Union Station.
  • Caoimhín Ó Fearghaill, a multi-instrumentalist from An Rinn in the west Waterford Gaeltacht. He started to learn the tin-whistle and uilleann pipes at an early age and is mostly self-taught on flute, guitar & bouzouki.
  • James Carty, a fiddle player from Boyle, Co Roscommon comes from a long line of traditional Irish musicians and a family highly respected in the traditional idiom. James however is cutting his own path in the traditional music scene.
  • Eimear McGeown, a flute player who began playing at a young age with the legendary Seamus Tansey and won two All Ireland titles. She has appeared as soloist on BBC's Last Night of the Proms and in Carnegie Hall performing on both Classical and Irish flutes.
  • Iarlaith MacGabhann, a flute player from Dublin who is a member of the band Nuadán, who graduated from University College Cork with a MSc in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology in 2021.
  • Marty Barry, a guitar, banjo and bouzouki player and singer from Banbridge County Down,. Coming from a long line of musicians spanning back to the 1800s, Marty’s interest in music came from the stories and recordings of his great-grandmother Maggie Barry, spurring him on to develop his own music at the University of Limerick.
  • Darragh Brannigan, a multi-instrumentalist, hailing from Skerries, Co. Dublin. Daragh plays tenor banjo and guitar accompaniment, has performed at venues and at festivals across Ireland and has toured with the Irish dance show, Celtic Rhythms of Ireland.
  • Paddy Tutty, a bodhrán and fiddle player from Dungarvan in Co. Waterford. Paddy is a founding member of the group Caladh Nua and following his family’s carpentry traditions, crafts his own violins.
  • Kaitlin Cullen-Verhauz, a cellist originally from New York City, but now based in Dublin. While Katilin’s roots are in classical vocal training and cello performance, her current collaboration with Ian Kinsella, KC VIK, sees a fusion of styles and storytelling.
  • Ian Kinsella, a singer, guitarist and songwriter from Co. Kildare. Ian co-writes with Kaitlin Cullen-Verhauz as part of KC VIK and has toured and recorded extensively with multiple outfits and musicians.
  • Conor Connolly, a button accordion, pianist and singer from Co.Galway. Conor won the TG4 Young Musician of the Year in 2019 (Ceoltóir Óg na Bliana) and has performed and represented Ireland at many festivals at home and abroad.