Marie began learning the fiddle at 8 years from John Hoban from Castlebar followed by John Murphy a Dublin fiddle player living in Westport. Her playing in later years became greatly influenced by attending summer schools and festivals around the country as well as playing with and listening to older musicians in the Mayo area.
John McHugh comes from the village of Rinnaney near Foxford, Co. Mayo. Fiddle playing has been in the family for generations and many distinctive local tunes have been passed down to John mostly from his late father Kevin McHugh. John plays with Céide, the Swallow’s Tail Céilí Band and in sessions far and near. John has featured on a number of CD’s; Music at Matt Molloys, Suas Leat, In Full Flight, Ceolaras Coleman Sessions, Ceol Mhaigh Eo, Currinara Tea Break and Fidiléirí. John is much in demand as a tutor and he has taught at many Summer Schools in Ireland and abroad over the years.