Here to Play – Bernadette Nic Gabhann

From a musical family in Ashbourne, Co. Meath Ireland, Bernadette Nic Gabhann learned to play fiddle from her father Antóin, a well known Co. Cavan fiddle player. Her mothers dancing side of the family hail from Co. Clare. Bernadette participated in Fleadhanna Cheoil throughout her youth as a member of Trim Comhaltas. She then travelled the world playing fiddle and promoting Irish Arts.

As fiddle player with Troupe 2 of Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, Bernadette toured through North America & Canada, & performed in Alaska and South Korea. She was fiddle player with Gaelforce Dance who toured Eastern Europe and Taiwan , & spent a summer with Irish Thunder, a dance show based in Busch Gardens theme Park in Williamsburg, Virginia USA.

At her home in Meath, RTE Radio1 broadcast Céilí House live on the first Saturday of the year for the past 20+ years. Bernadette presented an episode of Geantraí for TG4 from The Becks, a bar north of Ashbourne. This was during a time of a weekly session with Joe Ryan & Roger Sherlock RIP.

In 2009, she recorded ‘Home Away from Home’ with the acclaimed transatlantic group ‘NicGaviskey’. Bernadette enjoys playing with her many American musical friends across the pond, & has spent time in St Louis in recent summers. It was during summer 2016 that she sat down with harpist & friend Eileen Gannon, and recorded most of this CD.

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