Bios

TIL LINN019Danny Groenland Flute, vocals From a musical family, Danny has played traditional Irish music and sung in choirs, since childhood. He went through the obligatory Beatle mania as a teenager, before studying classical music in university. In recent years he has woken up to soul, jazz and funk music and is a member of Mob Fandango, a Dublin based soul big bang, Discovery Gospel Choir and Tig Linn. Danny sings plays traditional Irish flute, Guitar, Mandolin, Tin Whistle and Bodhrán. He studied at Comhaltas Ceolteorí Eireann, Cluain Tarbh from 1996 to 2004. At NUI Maynooth 2004 – 2007, he studied Music & Anthropology (2004-2005) and was awarded a Bachelor of Music degree in 2007, having completed modules in performance, music therapy, ethnomusicology, popular musicology, traditional Irish music, advanced analysis and jazz styles. Before Discovery Choir, Danny sang in St Bartholemew’s Choir, Gonzaga College School Choir and Maynooth Choral Society. He has taught flute and guitar at CCE Cluain Tarbh and privately.   Brian Fleming Bodhrán, percussion www.brianfleming.ie Brian is a traditional percussionist. He has recorded on over 30 albums and played or recorded with many of Irelands best-known musicians, including Davy Spillane, Emer Mayock, The Chieftans, Cormac Breathnach, Jack L, Julie Feeney, Anuna, Michael Flatly and Kila. He has performed extensively in Europe, Asia, Africa and America and is respected equally as a teacher, performer and producer. He has been a pioneering exponent of the West African djembe drum in Ireland since the 1990s and travels regularly to Africa, where the legendary Mamady Keita is his teacher. For 12 years he played all over Ireland and the world with the Afro-Irish group De jimbe. Brian is co director of the Big Bang Festival of Rhythm www.bigbangfestival.com (Dublin, 2007 –’11). He has worked extensively in theatre, including The Abbey Theatre, and with Donal O Kelly and Els Comediants. His one-man shows ‘Gis a Shot of Your Bongos Mister’ and ‘Have Yis No Homes To Go To’ sold out at Dublin Fringe Festival in 2011 and 2013 and wen on to tour the country and play in New York. Brian is credited in the Guinness Book of World Records 2001 as the creator of the Millennium Drum, the world’s largest drum. Graham Watson Guitar, banjo, vocals, audio engineer Originally from Co.Down and currently resident in Dublin, Graham is a guitarist, percussionist, sound-artist, audio engineer & producer. A regular session player on the Dublin traditional music scene, Graham has travelled and performed around the world, most recently recording with Irish fiddler Brendan O’Sullivan, Uilleann piper Eoin Dillon, and international musical collective ‘Tig Linn’. He holds a Masters degree in Music Technology from the University of Limerick, and is founder of ‘The Red Hand Bottling Company’ Recording & Post-Production studio, based in the ‘Clasac’ Comhaltas regional resource centre, Clontarf, Dublin 3, where he records the ongoing Comhaltas archive, plus all and sundry musicians from Prog-Rock to Gospel and all in between. He is a member of IMRO and ANCAD (Associate of the National College of Art & Design).   Solomon Ijigade Singer, Songwriter, talking drum Solomon learned his drumming and singing from relations and family friends when growing up in Nigeria. Since he moved to Ireland in 2000, he has been performing with the award-winning African musical group Adun Oyin. With them he has also given workshops and performances to schools, colleges and community groups around Dublin. In 2003, Solomon played St. Patrick in Mixing It on the Mountain – a musical co-produced by Calypso and Tower of Babel – at the Samuel Beckett Centre. He also played a leading role in The Gods Are Not to Blame, an Arambe/Project co-production at the Project Theatre as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival. Solomon is a soloist with the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir and has performed on RTÉ radio on Rattlebag and Tonight with Vincent Browne as well as on RTÉ Television, on the Late Late Show, Mono and Would You Believe? With Brian Fleming, he teaches the ‘Sounds African’ Outreach music workshops for Walton’s New School of Music. Hugh O’Byrne Drum Kit, dunduns Hugh started out learning the piano but after a short time moved on to his real love – the drum kit, playing in some seminal groups from the Dublin indie/punk scene of the 1980s and 90s, such as Not Our World, Mexican Pets and Aidan Walsh and the Screaming Eagles. In his late teens he studied under Monica Bonnie at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, and went on to complete a teaching diploma in drum kit and orchestral percussion with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. In a wide-ranging career, Hugh has performed with many different groups and in a variety of styles, including rock, Latin, jazz, funk, blues, trad and African. He was an original member of the Afro-Irish group De Jimbe, who performed at most of the major music festivals in Ireland and have also traveled to France, Germany, Cuba, Senegal, the US and Korea. Some of the other groups he has played with include Salsa Brava, The Radio, Mangéira, and the Dublin Gospel Choir. Most recently, Hugh has finished a run of shows in Ireland, England, Spain and South Korea with the Dance Theatre of Ireland. He teaches drum kit for Guildhall exams at Waltons New School of Music and several secondary schools in Dublin. Brian Tavey Guitars, bass Brian has been playing guitar for over 25 years, at home and abroad. He began his music career playing electric guitar in a metal band in secondary school, went on to study at the Ballyfermot Rock School and continued at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, from which he received a Bmus Performance degree in classical guitar in 1998. Brian has played acoustic, electric and classical guitar, as well as bass, in a wide range of groups, settings and music genres – from rock bands to musicals and traditional Irish groups to gospel choirs. He teaches guitar at Waltons New School of Music. Zeenat Sarumi Singer, songwriter The youngest member of Tig Linn, Zeenie came to Ireland from Nigeria in 2012. She sings with the Discovery Gospel Choir, Midnight Soul and Tig Linn. In Lagos, she sang with her church and school choirs and worked at Scope records in Lagos from 2006 to 2010. She has a Diploma in Music and Theatre Arts from Adeniran Ogunsany College of Education, Lagos (2007). Zeenie designs her own costumes for performances and has just opened her own label.

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