Paddy is one of Ireland’s most in-demand banjo players and teachers. As well as performing with Lands End, he currently plays with modern string band Pine Marten, the Niall Toner Band, Persian/Irish ensemble Navá, and ballad group Rake The Ashes. His banjo playing has also been featured in the dance world, in works by Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre Company and the National Ballet of Ireland. Constantly pushing boundaries on his instrument, Paddy was the first 5 string banjo player to graduate from the University of Limerick’s MA in Traditional Music Programme.
Irish troubadour Hubert Murray captures the essence of folk, blues and bluegrass at their finest. His blend of “Soulful Folk” encompasses raw talent and a refreshing new roots music sound. Hubert’s bluesy voice is packed full of energy and soul, accompanied by a mix of delicate finger picking and fiery hot flatpicking. Hailing from Co. Galway, Ireland, Hubert is currently based in London and where he performs regularly as a solo artist as well as with old-time/ bluegrass super-group Hot Rock Pilgrims.
Bruno Pichler (dobro) has studied the resophonic guitar for many years, taking lessons from his musical heroes including Sally Van Meter, Rob Ickes, Michael Witcher, Andy Hall, Billy Cardine, Ivan Rosenberg and many others.Drawn towards music from an early age, he has played drums in a heavy metal band at the age of 10, electric bass in a blues band at the age of 20 and nylon-string guitar in the closet at the age of 30 before he finally found his calling as a dobro player in a bluegrass band. He is now a regular at bluegrass events in England (eg. Didmarton, Cornwall, Orwell, Sore Fingers) and the USA (eg. Rockygrass, ResoSummit). He has recently placed 2nd in the prestigious Rockygrass Dobro Contest in Colorado. When he’s not performing with the Hot Rock Pilgrims, he spends most of his time on his day job designing high-end laser scanning microscopes for neuroscience research.
Richie Foley from Youghal, Ireland, is a master on the mandolin and on the bouzouki. He has played Irish Trad and bluegrass all over Ireland and the UK for more than 20 years and is currently gigging relentlessly with numerous bands around County Cork. In fact, only very few people in his hometown can still remember the last time a band without Richie played in Youghal. Married to acclaimed singer Caroline Fraher, Richie also plays in her backing band alongside legendary Irish Trad guitarist Steve Cooney. Recently, Richie has performed with Irish bluegrass legend Niall Toner at the IBMA World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, North Carolina, and he will be travelling to North Carolina with Niall again in 2014 to play at the prestigious Merlefest. On stage, Richie becomes a true Master of Ceremonies and his quick-fire banter often has the audiences as well as his band mates in stitches (although for the non-Irish, the boundaries between his Cork accent and an actual speech impediment are quite blurry).
Sam Rose (double bass) was raised in Britain’s Bluegrass capital Helsby under tutelage from Stuart and Russ Williams and has been a regular at Sore Fingers Week since he was only 14 years young. He has recently graduated with first-class honours in Guitar Performance (BMus) from The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London. He is in high demand as a session musician and teacher and regularly performs with London electric rock outfit The Yacht Club.