Three times winner of the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil on concertina, Caitlín is a regular performer at festivals and in concert halls from North America all the way to Asia. She is also an accomplished dancer and in 2009, joined Riverdance as troupe dancer. She is an award winner in the University College Cork Music Department, where she graduated in 2009 with first class honors, and she returned to UCC in 2011 to complete a Masters degree in Ethnomusicology. Writing tunes since the age of ten, her compositions have been performed in the Cork Opera House and The National Concert Hall, Dublin. She teaches concertina annually at summer and winter schools in Ireland, Europe and USA and has performed with the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet, Paddy Keenan, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Cherish The Ladies, The Kilfenora Ceili Band and for Presidents and Royalty around the world.
Three times winner of the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil on concertina, Caitlín is a regular performer at festivals and in concert halls from North America to Asia. She was raised in a home full of music and dance in Co.Meath, Ireland. Her father is a fiddle player and her mother is a dancer, and so it was inevitable that Caitlín, the youngest of four, would also learn to play and dance. From a young age, Caitlín excelled in both, winning her first All-Ireland on concertina at the age of 12 and dancing in concert halls on both sides of the Atlantic.
Caitlín learned most of her music from her father Antóin Mac Gabhann, a noted fiddler and fiddle teacher and his playing has greatly influenced her style and rhythm. She started playing the concertina at the age of 8, under the tutelage of Clare concertina teacher, Riona Traynor and later Meabh Ni Lochlainn. She was also greatly influenced by the playing of Micheál Ó Raghallaigh and Catherine McEvoy who lived nearby. Receiving requests for lessons since the age of 14, Caitlín teaches the concertina annually at summer and winter schools in Ireland, Europe and USA and has performed with the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet, Paddy Keenan, Liam Ó MaonlaI, Cherish The Ladies, The Kilfenora Ceili Band and for Presidents and Royalty around the world.
Caitlín is also an accomplished dancer and in 2009, she joined Riverdance. For two years, she toured in Australia, South Africa, China, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, all around Europe and she still dances with the show on occasion today. Her mother Bernie was immersed in the Clare set dancing culture from childhood and she passed a love of this on to her children – Caitlin being her dance partner at ceilís from a young age. Bernie and her brother John Murphy have influenced Caitlín’s dancing greatly, as have Willie Keane, Aidan Vaughan and Tommy Browne.
In 2005, Caitlín’s first band, ‘Cruinniú’ was formed to perform at the L’Orient Interceltique Festival in France and in 2006 they released the popular album, ‘Live in Corofin’. Around this time, Caitlín was invited to join the band ‘Cuisle’, who went on to win the national Gael-Linn Siansa competition for young groups and bands. In 2009, Caitlín and her sister Bernadette formed a trans-Atlantic instrumental band, ‘NicGaviskey’ with Baltimore native Sean McComiskey and Sean Gavin from Detroit. ‘NicGaviskey’ released their debut album, ‘Home Away From Home’ to critical acclaim in 2010 and tour Ireland and America annually. Caitlín also plays regularly with Italian based traditional music band, ‘Birkin Tree’.
In 2009, Caitlín graduated from University College Cork with first class honors. During her studies, she was awarded the ‘Doc Gleeson Award’ and the title of ‘College Scholar’ from the University. She returned to UCC in 2011 to complete a Masters degree in Ethnomusicology. During this course, she directed her focus on composition and choreography. Writing tunes since the age of ten, Caitlín’s compositions have been performed in the Cork Opera House and The National Concert Hall, Dublin and her new album features six of her own tunes.
Her debut solo album, ‘Caitlín’, was released in 2012. Caitlin will tutor sean-nós dancing and concertina at Ballydehob Traditional Music Festival 2013.
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