The Armagh Rhymers are one of the most celebrated traditional music and theatre ensembles on the Island of Ireland.
Since we were founded in 1970’s, we have delighted audiences in schools, festivals throughout Ireland and around the world. Through music, storytelling and drama, we provide an experience that is both entertaining and educational. Our colourful costumes evoke a sense of tradition and history and encapsulate the spirit of the Wren boys and the ancient house visiting traditions of Ireland, where the kitchen floor became the stage. The Rhyming tradition is a celebration of the ‘theatre of the people’ and has inspired many poets such as Seamus Heaney, Brendan Kennelly, John Montague and John Hewitt.
Dara formed the Armagh Rhymers in the 1970’s to bring educational theatre to schools and is now their creative director. He has a degree in education and previously worked as a teacher. Dara plays the concertina, flute, whistle and piano. He is also a well – known artist who has exhibited his paintings throughout Ireland and the USA.
Anne as a former teacher has extensive experience in front line education. As former Director of Education at Emain Mhacha she was responsible for a wide range of educational and cultural projects and services. She is a published children’s author and has also written several plays for The Armagh Rhymers. Anne is the animator in the group, facilitating the interactive nature of the performances.
Adam is an experienced violinist in both the traditional and classical traditions. He graduated from Victoria University of Wellington, NZ with a postgraduate degree in Music with Honours. He has also achieved his ATCL (Associate of Trinity College London) in performance violin. Since moving to Ireland in 2002 he has pursued a career in both traditional and classical music, regularly performing in Ireland, Europe & USA. He is also an avid composer of choral and instrumental music. He has been a member of the Armagh Rhymers since 2008.