Caitríona Ní Cheannabháin
Caitríona Ní Cheannabháin, a native Irish speaker, first heard keening, Caoine, when her late granny Máire mourned the death of her old friend and that even as child ‘the hairs stood up on the back of my neck.’ Born into a musical family in Connemara, Caitriona, winner of numerous song competitions, has sang all over the world from America, Europe and her beloved homeland.
Maria Harnett is a native of Achill Island, Co Mayo and at the age of five fell in love with Irish dance and the tin whistle. She is a multi-instrumentalist, banjo, singer, concertina and whistle, and has performed all over the world from Australia, America, the South Pacific and New Zealand.
Kate Heneghan was born in Castlebar in Co Mayo and is multi-awarding winning harpist who has toured the world. She has a masters degree in music from Ulster University and a first-class honours degree in Irish Music from the University of Limerick.
Kevin Toolis is a BAFTA-winning writer, a bardic poet and creator of the Wonders of the Wake Show. As a film-maker Kevin has travelled the world through famine, war and peace but has returned home to his family’s ancestral village Dookinella on Achill Island, Co Mayo to write poetry and songs and make music. As well writing My Father's Wake, Kevin is the creator of the acclaimed Troubles’ chronicle Rebel Hearts and the mortality guide book Nine Rules to Conquer Death.