Paddy is one of Ireland's most in-demand banjo players and teachers. He currently plays with Roots/Bluegrass band Lands End, the Niall Toner Band, Perisan/Irish ensemble Navá, and ballad group Rake The Ashes. His banjo playing has also been featured in the dance world, in works by Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre Company and the National Ballet of Ireland. Constantly pushing boundaries on his instrument, Paddy was the first 5 string banjo player to graduate from the University of Limerick’s MA in Traditional Music Programme.
Originally from County Mayo, Niall now lives in Dublin where is widely known as one of the most versatile and creative bass players in Ireland. He currently plays with a whole host of bands across the musical spectrum, from Afro-Soul band Feather, Perisan/Irish ensemble Navá, bluegrass band The New Breadwinners to The Dixie Micks, Lisa Canny, Stephen Robinson and many more besides! He is also a graduate of Maynooth University where he studied composition under Martin O’Leary and Jesse Ronneau.
Originally from Montpellier, Simon was raised on the music of The Beatles and other 60's bands but he later discovered folk music, which soon became his main musical focus. He later created and owned his own folk radio show for two years on a radio station in the south of France. After teaching, gigging and touring regularly with a number of French bands and visiting musicians from the US, he moved to Ireland where he now gigs with Dublin bluegrass band Well Enough Alone, and Persian/Irish ensemble Navá.
Born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Alec was a classically trained cellist that relocated to Ireland and began developing a repertoire of contemporary music. Now living in Limerick and working toward incorporating the cello into the Irish music tradition, his development of cello technique has led him to performing a variety of different roles with many bands over the past five years including: Sean’s Walk, De Danann, Lisa Canny, and more! Heavily influenced by Rushad Eggleston, Natalie Haas, Ben Sollee and Trevor Exter, he strives to push the boundaries of what the cello is capable of. He is currently undertaking his PhD at the Irish World Academy in the University of Limerick.