Colin Farrell was born in Manchester in 1977 into what
was to become a very musical family. All of Colin's four siblings
are multi-talented musicians, holding both All-Britain and
All-Ireland titles in the various array of instrumets they
play. Colin's older brother Paul, is also an excellent fiddle
player and also holds an All-Ireland placement in the mandolin.
Colin's eldest sister Michelle is an accomplished accordion
player and also holds an All-Ireland title on the piano, whilst
younger brother Shane is a banjo virtuoso and All-Ireland
fiddle champion to boot. Colin's youngest sister Adele holds
All-Ireland titles on the tin whistle, piano, accordian, mandolin...
(just about every instrument under the sun) while Colin himself
holds All -Ireland titles in both the fiddle and tin whistle.
The Manchester Irish traditional music scene has been
in existence for over sixty years and undergone many changes.
Today Manchester has one of the most vibrant Irish traditional
music scenes outside of Ireland, possibly the best. The City
has an exceptionally high number of very talented musicians
most of whom are second and third generation Irish. Many got
their music from their parents but also took lessons from
older musicians. In this way there is a continuity consistent
with the notion of a living tradition founded on oral transmission.
Colin was influenced in his playing by great (still young)
musicians such as Michael McGoldrick and Dezi Donnelly, and
would also be close friends of musicians of high calibre such
as: Eamonn Dinan (Button Accordion), Colin Harries (Guitar),
Jon-Joe Kelly (Bodhrán), Geraldine Lyons (Banjo), Keiron
Atherton (Whistle), Grace Kelly (whistle), Ged Stenson (Flute/Whistle),
Kevin Madden (Fiddle), Andrew Dinan (Fiddle), Sean Regan (Fiddle),
Shane Brown (Banjo), Brendan Dempsey (Banjo), but to name
Colin has toured Europe and the USA extensively from a young
with various bands and dance shows and has recorded albums
with his former band Ceile including Machunian Way... More