Musician, composer and dancer, Caitlín Nic Gabhann, has been named as the Traditional Artist in Residence at University College Cork for 2022. In her new role Caitlín will deliver a series of concerts, workshops, and classes over the course of her one -year residency.
A concertina player, teacher, composer and percussive dancer, Caitlín Nic Gabhann is a three-time All-Ireland concertina champion and has also toured as a dancer with Riverdance. Raised in a house full of music in Baltrasna, Co.Meath, Caitlín learned most of her music, style and rhythm from her father, Antóin Mac Gabhann, while her mother Bernie is immersed in the Clare set-dancing tradition. As a musician and dancer, Caitlín performs with The High Seas, Caitlín & Ciarán, Cruinniú, NicGaviskey, Birkin Tree and The Irish Concertina Ensemble.
Caitlín’s compositions have been performed in the Cork Opera House and The National Concert Hall, Dublin. Perhaps the best known are the waltz, Sunday’s Well, and the reel, The Leeside Sessions, both composed during her previous music studies in UCC. The tunes featured on her debut album, Caitlín, acclaimed as ‘CD of the Year’ by TradConnect.com and as the ‘top Irish traditional album of 2012’ by The Wall Street Journal.
As a solo dancer she was the main performer in the Celtic Christmas Sojourn in Boston and ‘Ceiliúradh’ in the Royal Albert Hall, London. She has also performed with the RTÉ Vanburgh Quartet, Paddy Keenan and Liam Ó Maonlaí.
Married to fiddle player and documentary film-maker, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, Caitlín is the mother of three-year-old twins, Rosie and Frankie. From their home in the Donegal Gaeltacht she runs IrishConcertinaLessons.com, a complete online resource for concertina learning, which has hundreds of subscribers in 32 countries. She is also director of the Wild Atlantic Concertina Week – an annual celebration of music and local culture in Gaoth Dobhair – which attracts an international attendance.
Among the faculty members at the Department of Music at UCC are traditional performers: Niall Vallely, Mary Mitchell-Ingoldsby, Jack Talty, Máire Ní Chéileachair, Bobby Gardiner, Connie O’Connell, Margaret McCarthy, Colm Murphy and Conal Ó Gráda.
The Traditional Artist in Residence scheme is sponsored by the Arts Council, in association with the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences (UCC) and the School of Film, Music and Theatre (UCC).