Date: Saturday 3rd February 2024.
Location: Newport National School.
Iarlaith Mac Gabhann
From Churchtown in Dublin, Iarlaith began learning the flute at age 10 and attended classes under various teachers at workshops and festivals around the country. Iarlaith has a strong connection with Newport through his mother, Teresa Hoban, who was born and reared on George's Street.
At age 15 he began attending lessons with Belfast flute player Harry Bradley, who was a pivotal figure in his development as a musician. Iarlaith’s music is strongly influenced by the playing of flute players such as Eddie Maloney, Jack Dolan, Tom Morrison, Peter Horan, Seamus Tansey and Roger Sherlock to name but a few. Iarlaith has performed regularly at festivals including Cruinniú na Bhfliúit (The Flute meeting) Showcase in 2019 and has taught at a range of festivals such as The Festival Interceltique de Lorient. Iarlaith is also a member of the band Nuadán, who in 2020 released their album “Dén Díobháil” to great acclaim. Iarlaith has also toured extensively, most recently with Galway accordion player Conor Connolly. Iarlaith has previously completed a BSc in Genetics at University College Dublin and in 2021 graduated from University College Cork with a MSc in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Iarlaith is also currently employed as Audio Digitisation Assistant at the Irish Traditional Music Archive.