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Collaborator Biographies

Updated: Nov 26, 2021

Read about the collaborators of this project!


 

AIDEEN BARRY (ARHA)

Aideen is a member of Aosdána, a visual artist whose work has been wodely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions and commissions in Ireland and internationally. Significant projects include: residencies and exhibitions at IMMA, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Headlands Centre for the Arts, San Francisco, Matucana 100 in Chile, Louise T. Blouin Gallery, UK, Galeria IH ESP, Artscene Shanghai, Project 304 Gallery, at Bangkok Thailand, BAC Geneva, Art OMI, The American Film Maker's Co-op and Yaddo in New York. NASA Kennedy Space Centre, Skattfell in Iceland, and the Banff Centre, Canada. In 2019 she showed in a two person show with Alice Maher curated by Dr. Tina Kinsella, Fair is Foul & Foul is Fair, at the Katzen Centre at the American University Museum in Washington DC.


Barry is currently working on a commission for Kaunas 2022 the European Capital of Culture in Lithuania and the Bunting Commission for her piece Oblivion for the Irish Traditional Music Archive and Music Network. She has upcoming projects at the Centre for the Less Good Idea in Johannesburg. She will show solo this year and 2022 at LCGA, Centre Culturel Irlandais, the Canada council in Paris, and other projects the the East Wing Doha in Qatar, ArteBA in Buenos Aires in Argentina and Artissima Art Fair.


In 2019 she was awarded the Myron Marty Fellowship at Drake University Iowa and taught at NYU New York, Edinburgh University, VCU Virginia and George Washington University.


Barry's work is in several important Art Collections including Art Omi New York, The Francis Greenberger Collection, Trinity College, Dublin, The Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork, Department of Education & Skills, Office of Public Works, Centre de l'Arte Contemporary and the University of Malaga, ESP, The Butler Gallery Collection, NUIG Collection, and the Arts Council of Ireland.



 

MARGARET O'CONNOR

Margaret O’Connor trained with distinguished milliners like Philip Treacy, Noel Stewart, Yvette Jeffs, Kirsten Scott and Sarah Cant. She has won several awards including the Global Original Fashion Design Award at Guangzhou International Fashion Week (2017) and Milliner of the Year at the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards (2014).


Margaret has come from an Art and textiles background. Margaret was trained by some of the 'leading lights of the Millinery industry'. While filled with the landscape of her hometown of Boston, Tubber in County Clare, O'Connor interprets Irish tradition and historicism through her own personal awakening.


Her creations have attracted the attention and been worn by a broad range of celebrities. From Lady Gaga to Years and Years 9UK Pop Band.



 

RIIT


A Canadian Inuk musician, singer and television presenter from Pangnirtung, Nunavut who is most noted as the host of APTN's children's series Anaana's Tent.


As Riit (ᕇᑦ), she released her self titled debut EP, a collaboration with The Jerry Cans and producer Michael Phillip Wojewada, in 2017 on Aakuluk Music. In 2019 she released the single 'Qaumajuapik'. Her album Ataaga, produced by Graham Walsh, was released in October 2019 on Six Shooter Records and has received international acclaim and praise, including a nomination for the Juno Awards.


She won the Emerging Talent Award from the Canadian Youth Media Alliance in 2019.

 

STEPHEN SHANNON

Stephen Shannon is a composer and music producer based in Dublin, Ireland. He has previously recorded and released original music as a member of Halfset, and currently as Strands and the duo Mount Alaska (251 Records). He works out of his own studio - Experimental Audio - where he has produced, recorded and mixed dozens of records for Irish and International artists. Stephen writes and composes for film, documentaries and TV. Recent film work includes Kim Bartley’s feature documentary Pure Grit, which premiered (and won best Feature Documentary Award) at the 2021 Galway Film Fleadh; and adaptation of Daniel Woodrell’s Tomato Red, directed by Juanita Williams and Brian O’Malley’s gothic horror, The Lodgers. He has also composed scores for Andrea Mastroveto’s I Am Not Legend and original live scores for Night of the Living Dead, Der Golem, Metropolis, and The Adventures of Prince Achmed, which have been performed at BAM in New York, Dublin’s National Concert Hall and Christchurch Cathederal.

 

AISLING LYONS

Aisling Lyons is a multi-award winning harp and concertina player from County Clare. She grew up in a family steeped in Irish traditional music and song.

In recent years, Aisling has been described as 'one of the rising stars and budding composers of the Irish harp world - rooted in tradition and beautifully inventive'.

Aisling is sought after as a teacher and performer both in Ireland and abroad. She has travelled to America, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Norway & the UK. Aisling holds 8 All Ireland Championship titles & a Grade 8 Distinction in Irish Harp from The London College of Music. Aisling completed her BA in Irish Music in 2018 and graduated with First Class Honours.

In 2021, Aisling graduated from the University of Limerick with First Class Honours as a Professional Master of Music Education where she also teaches harp on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

 

CATHAL MURPHY

Cathal Murphy is an Irish musician and composer. He studied percussion performance as a Fulbright scholar in New York under Morris Lang at Brooklyn College from which he holds a masters degree. As a performer he has worked with orchestras and bands in Ireland, Europe and the US, including the National Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with a number of artists and musicians as composer, arranger and musical director across multiple genres and media and is a long-time collaborator of Aideen Barry. He currently works in visual arts project management, installation and logistics and is working on several collaborative musical projects. He lives in Tipperary.


 

RUTH SMITH


Ruth Smith is a performer, musician and broadcaster and host of Simply Folk on RTE Radio 1, awarded Gold for Specialist Music Programme at the IMRO Radio Awards 2021. Throughout her Career, Ruth has worked on many different showsboth on radio & TV. Most recently co-presenting 'Christmas at Home' on RTÉ One, 'Shine Your Light Solstice ' on Radio 1, 'Fleadh TV' on TG4, the award winning radio documentary 'By the Lakes of Ponchartirain' and co-hosting the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards for the 4th year running.


As a musician and performer Ruth was a cast member of 'Once the Musical' in the Olympia Theatre and THISISPOPBABY's RIOT. She has performed alongside Horslips and Paul Muldoon both nationally and internationally, as part of Muldoon's translation of Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire. More recently Ruth contributed to Dial aSeanchaí: a unique audio experience celebrating Irish folklore, curated by 6 contemporary artist and produced by John Lillis.


Ruth's academic studies span the traditional, classical and theatrical world's with a BA in Music, Drama & Theatre Studies and HDip from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Trad Performance from The Irish World Academy of Music & Dance, University of Limerick.