Caoimhín Ó Fearghail - Uilleann Pipes & Flute
Artists ProfileCaoimhín Ó Fearghail comes from An Rinn in the west Waterford Gaeltacht. He started to learn the tin-whistle at the age of eight, taking lessons from Bobby Gardiner. He quickly progressed to the uilleann pipes, under the tutelage of David Power mostly. His influences include Séamus Ennis, Willie Clancy, Tommy Reck and Patsy Touhey.
He is also self-taught on flute and guitar, inspired by such diverse flute players as Matt Molloy, Mike Rafferty and Tom Doorley.
In 2006 as part of his school transition year project he released an album entitled Giorraíonn Beirt Bóthar, with a group of friends, local musicians and singers. It features guest appearances from well-known local artists including Liam Clancy, Áine Uí Cheallaigh, Donnchadh Gough and Ciarán Ó Gealbháin.
Since then, he has featured playing guitar on a number of albums in the last few years including Caitlín Nic Gabhann’s album, Caitlín, which was voted 2012 ‘Album of the Year’ on Tradconnect, and Edel Fox and Neill Byrne’s The Sunny Banks which was voted ‘Album of the Year’ for 2013 on Tradconnect. That same year he also recorded an album, Lá ag Ól Uisce, with his brother Seán and Tomás Ó Gealbháin. More recently he is featured on flute on Caladh Nua’s newest album Honest to Goodness.
He has performed with the well-known group Danú on numerous occasions on various instruments. He’s also featured regularly over the past six years in the Booley House show based in Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.
He was the 2012 recipient of the TG4 Young Musician of the Year award (Gradam Ceoil TG4).