|Student of the MA Traditional Music Performance
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Colm Gannon was born, in Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts of Connemara parents. He learned to play his music from his father and his brother Sean. Colm won the all Ireland in 1994 on the button accordion and then moved to Ennis, Co. Clare with Fiddler Jesse Smith where he got to live and play with all the great musicians there. After a couple of years there, Colm was asked to join "Riverdance the show" which he toured with for four years. Colm has toured the states with world-renowned Sligo based band "Dervish". Colm also performed with Dolly Parton, in "Dollywood" with the show Ragus. Colm is now living back in his fatherís homeplace, Droim, and is currently playing all over the country and the US promoting his new album with Jesse Smith and John Blake; "The Ewe with The Crooked Horn" after the great success of his solo album "Return to Droim", which featured guest artists such as; John Carty on Banjo, Jesse Smith on fiddle and John Blake on Piano, Guitar and Bouzouki
Harper and singer Dominique Dodge grew up in northern New Hampshire and holds a BA Honours in Scottish Music from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Her love of traditional music has been shapred by her time in Scotland and Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia where she teaches harp for the Gaelic College summer school. Her 2006 solo album is comprised of rhythmic, artfully arranged dance tunes and songs in Gaelic and Scots. She has 10 years of teaching, performing and recording experience in Europe and North America. Dominique is delighted to have been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to attend the University of Limerickís Masters in Irish Traditional Music Performance in 2011/2012. (insert fulbright logo)
A native of Colorado, USA, Joanna Hyde received the Jack Kent Cooke Foundationís 2011 Graduate Arts Award to pursue graduate studies in music. She was selected as one of the 10 scholars from around the country by a panel of distinguished arts professors and professionals based on criteria including artistic and/or creative merit, academic achievement, and a breadth of interests and activities. Joanna began studying classical violin at the age of six, and shortly thereafter expanded her musical endeavours to American fiddling styles such as old time, Texas swing, and bluegrass. Studying and performing alongside her musician brothers as she grew up, Joanna spent several summers attending various folk music camps and conferences throughout the USA, during which she fell in love with Irish traditional music. She graduated with a BA in Music from Colorado College in 2009, receiving the Music Department awards for academic achievement as well as excellence in instrumental music. Joanna is thrilled to be a part of the MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance programme at the University of Limerick.