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Ciaran Mulholland - CD Launch

Ciarán started playing the fiddle from about the age of 11 years old, having found an old 3/4 size fiddle under a bed in his grandmother’s house in Belfast.  He was given lessons by Leo McGarry in Stoneyford, and also attended the McPeake Music School in Belfast for a number of years.

He continued playing music when he went to study in England, finding  a vibrant scene in Bath and Bristol.  He played in a traditional group playing mostly Irish dance music, touring the south-west of England including the Chippenham Folk Festival.

In 1990, Ciarán was a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Tradition Award, in London.  This was a great experience to meet other young musicians including Damien Barber from Norfolk, Ingrid Henderson from Scotland and Pauline Cato from Northumberland.

Ciarán is the regular fiddle player for Haste to the Wedding céilí band based in Larne, playing both Scottish and Irish music for céilíthe throughout and further afield.  Ciarán is also a guest musician of the Mull of Kintyre Festival in Campbeltown, appearing in the Dalriada Connections concerts as part of the festival.

He also teaches fiddle music to learners at the Glens of Antrim Comhaltas classes in Glenariffe in the Glens of County Antrim.

Ciarán has recorded his first CD at Glens Music in Cushendun with Seán Quinn and Pete Bouma (guitar).  the recording is titled "An Antrim Fiddle” and mainly comprises contemporary tunes written by musicians from County Antrim, including Frank McCollam of Ballycastle.

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