& Tara Breen
Co. Clare natives Tara Breen and Pádraig Rynne have been performing as a duet and within many different linups as session musicians over the past decade.
Tara Breen, a highly talented multi-instrumentalist from County Clare, started playing the flute at the tender age of six. A current member of the legendary Stockton’s Wing, and regular touring member of The Chieftains, Tara has won almost every All-Ireland title there is to win on fiddle, including the All-Ireland Senior Fiddle Title, the Fiddler of Dooney competition, the Michael Coleman Fiddle Competition and the Senior Oireachtas fiddle title. Such is Tara’s complete mastery of the fiddle, she was chosen to play for the Queen of England at Dublin Castle during her State visit to Ireland. Tara’s obvious virtuosity doesn’t stop at fiddle, as she also holds All-Ireland titles for flute and saxophone.
Described as “one of the freshest sounds in Irish music” by fRoots magazine, Padraig Rynne is a virtuoso musician, prolific composer and is regarded as one of the finest concertina players in Irish music today. With an MA in Music technology and a passion for experimenting with diverse genres, Padraig is recognised for his refreshing explorations into the Irish Tradition and beyond. His band work includes, founder and former member of groundbreaking Irish/Breton band Guidewires and current member of Triad with Dónal Lunny and Sylvain Barou. Rynne also tours with Irish instrumental group NOTIFY and Atlantic Arc Orchestra. Pádraig has featured on over thirty albums and has made many high profile TV appearances. Pádraig has performed with many well-known musicians across many genres including multi Grammy award winners Mark Lettieri and Jason Thomas (Snarky Puppy) and American Pop sensation Michelle Chamuel.
Nasc, the first album by the duo, was released in June 2021 and has long time friends and collaborators, Dónal Lunny, Jim Murray and Elaine Hogan guesting.
Both Tara and Pádraig tour as a trio with Jim Murray and a quartet with the addition of Dónal Lunny.
“Sure-footed, engaging and joyful music from a dynamic Clare duo. Expert musicianship, courageous creativity and sweetness of melody” - Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta