Paul Muldoon, "Macha"
Accomplished musician and exceptional artist, born in the city of Armagh. DaraVallely plays the concertina, whistles, flute, pipes, piano, banjo - you name it!!! He has been working closely with educational bodies and numerous arts, musical, historical and cultural associations for over 30 years. He is the artistic director, chief priest, class clown and prize poet of the Armagh Rhymers. Dara is deeply influenced by ancient traditions and Celtic masks.
"We have been pioneers in a multi-cultural approach to solving conflict in the community. Children are educating their parents. We start at the bottom and are working up. People have gotten to know each other."
Gifted folk singer, musician and actor from Armagh. Eoin Kelly plays the guitar, mandolin, and percussion, he sings and performs poetry with the Armagh Rhymers and in various folk circuits. He has a keen interest in ancient history, and in different cultures, education, languages and social practices. Eoin blends songs, poems and tunes from the Irish folk and Rhyming tradition with the influence of modern and international artists and sounds.
"The great fire of tradition cannot remain lit in our hearts purely by raking the ashes. It is very important to do that and to learn from our past but we must also add our own fuel, trust the next generation and pass on the matches."
artists, legends, musicians, poets, priests, keepers and friends of the tradition
Peter J Shortall (RIP 2011)
Brendan Bailey (RIP 2008)
Tony Lavery (RIP)
Paul Kerr (RIP)
Margaret Barry (RIP)