Téada and Fisherstreet


Wednesday 16 August





Téada is a traditional band with a truly worldwide reach. Featuring a fabulous line-up - Séamus Begley, Oisín Mac Diarmada, Damien Stenson, Paul Finn, Seán McElwain and Tristan Rosenstock. Also, on the night don’t miss the chance to hear the reformed Fisherstreet from County Clare.


A traditional band with a truly worldwide reach, Téada has appeared as a frequent headliner at major music festivals throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, Russia, the Middle East and Australia. Highlights include a 30,000-capacity stadium concert in Brittany, along with performances at Penang World Music Festival in Malaysia, Edmonton Folk Festival in Canada, Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe, and Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo. In 2014, the band performed to 40,000 people during an extensive 7-week tour of Japan / Taiwan, and continue to have a strong touring presence in the United States, where Téada has toured actively since 2001.

Oisín Mac Diarmada – fiddle
A graduate in Music Education from Trinity College Dublin/RIAM, Oisín has been described by The Irish Echo's Earle Hitchner as "one of the most gifted and creative traditional fiddlers playing today." Founder of noted group Téada in 2001, Oisín is also a regular solo performer, having appeared as guest soloist with the Southern Georgia Symphony Orchestra (USA) and Würtembergische Philharmonie Orchestra (Germany) along with having an extensive recording history.

Séamus Begley - vocals / button accordion
West Kerry legend, Séamus Begley, is the quintessential Irish musician, famous for his sharp wit and the beautiful sweetness of his voice, recognised in his recent 2013 Gradam Ceoil TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year award. Displaying a wonderful spontaneity in his accordion-playing, he has toured extensively with performers such as Altan, Steve Cooney and Mary Black. He has recorded numerous duet albums with guitarists such as Steve Cooney, Jim Murray and Tim Edey, and in early 2012 released a duet album with Oisín Mac Diarmada.

Paul Finn - button accordion
Paul Finn from Co. Laois is one of the finest button accordion players in Ireland. Known for a pulsating and rhythmic performance style, his playing featured prominently in major international touring dance productions, as well as in the indigenous session scene in Ireland, prior to his joining Téada in 2003. He is a member also of the All-Ireland winning Innisfree Céilí Band and is a popular teacher at workshops including Irish Music Gathering in Tocane, France.

Damien Stenson - flute
Hailing from the rich musical environment of Co. Sligo, Damien Stenson is noted for his extensive repertoire and flowing style of playing, honed by many years of extensive musical activity. In addition to performing with Téada, he has recorded on a number of albums including the compilation "Wooden Flute Obsession Vol. 2", an album featuring bodhrán-player Junior Davey, and appeared on RTÉ television series ‘The Reel Deal’ during June 2009. Teaching activity has included flute tutoring at Celtic Week – Swannanoa Gathering.

Seán McElwain - guitar
Seán McElwain from Monaghan brings a strong string dimension to Téada through his dynamic contributions on guitar. He is actively involved in the organising and running of an annual weekend of music 'Scoil Cheoil na Botha' in his native county Monaghan and recently completed PhD research on the music of his local area. The CD project which emerged from this research received a prestigious TG4 Gradam Ceol Award for Collaboration in 2016.

Tristan Rosenstock - bodhrán
Tristan Rosenstock from Glenageary, Co. Dublin reflects a subtle, sympathetic approach to bodhrán accompaniment. A graduate of Early & Modern Irish in Trinity College, Dublin and later Film & Television Studies in DCU, he currently presents the weekly arts series ’Imeall’ on TG4, Ireland’s Irish language television station. He recently produced a recording project involving poetry and music themed on the centenary commemoration of the 1916 Rising called Blood on the Rose.


Fisherstreet was formed in the late 1980’s, by Ennis based musicians, brothers John and Séamus McMahon and Dermot Lernihan, who had played music together since their youth. They were joined on their debut CD a few years later, by accompanists Noreen O’Donoghue, Frank Cullen and Maurice Coyle. The iconic CD Out in the Night was met with much critical acclaim, following its release. It has endured the passage of time and is still as popular today with the next generation of musicians and listeners.

“This Seminal recording is a fine example of the genre, with the accent being on uptempo instrumental pieces.” HotPress.

Fisherstreet draws its name from the musical heartland of Doolin in Co Clare, where the legendry music pub O Connor’s is situated. The picturesque surroundings of the Burren, inspired both the cover painting by Hillary Gilmore and the title track of the CD, Out In The Night. Currently, the band is working on a new CD, which will be released in the near future. The band will be joined by their new guitarist extraordinaire, Dublin based Mick McElroy.