Mícheál ORaghallaigh is an expert concertina player coming from a renowned musical family based at Rathmolyon , Co. Meath.
As both a soloist and a member of traditional group ‘Providence’, Micheál performed in the U.S.A., as well as throughout Europe. He has also been part of two Céilí Bands who won the much coveted ‘three-in-a-row’ senior All-Ireland titles, namely ‘The Táin’ Céilí Band and The ‘Naomh Pádraig’ Céilí Band.
He has performed on radio and television both nationally and internationally.
Micheál is a highly experienced concertina teacher, and is sought after for my expertise and hands-on skills at many of the summer schools and workshops held throughout the country and overseas.
Micheál has toured widely within Europe including the UK, Scandanavia, in addition to the USA and Canada.
Built in 1777 by Charles Hamilton , Hamwood is the embodiment of Palladian architecture in miniature, having a central block flanked by two octagonal pavilions linked to the main house by curved wings.
From the beginning, Hamwood has been occupied by the Hamilton family who, until the 1960’S , acted as agents for successive Dukes of Leinster.
The front of the central block is taken up by a double drawingroom, its walls bedecked with a mixture of paintings and gilded musical motifs influenced by the notable artist and cultured lady Caroline Hamilton ; the well known sister artists Eva and Letitia Hamilton , the great aunts of the house's present owner , were reared at Hamwood and there are a number of paintings throughout the house by them.
Hamwood Gardens with its historic walled garden and shrubberries are open to the public and house tours are available for group visits by appointment 01 8255210. www.Hamwood.ie
Originally from Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick and now living in Navan Co. Meath, Louise Mulcahy is a well-established performer and tutor on both uilleann pipes and flute. Louise released her highly acclaimed début solo album titled ‘Tuning the Road’ in 2014. ‘A complete wonder of an album from a truly brilliant musician’ – Bill Margeson. Alongside three album releases with father, Mick, and sister Michelle, Louise also appeared a number of years ago on Na Píobairí Uilleann’s compilation of young uilleann pipers entitled ‘A New Dawn’. Louise has toured extensively throughout the world including performances in Asia, New Zealand, Australia, Europe, America and Canada. Louise has been a guest tutor and performer at many festivals across the globe including Augusta Irish Week in the United States, The Catskills Irish week, Ceol Aneas- New Zealand, The Willie Clancy Summer School, Masters of Tradition Festival in Bantry and Cruinniú na bhFliúit, Baile Bhuirne and The Templebar Trad Fest amongst others.