Eilish Byrne-Whelehan- Musical Director and Founder of Feith an Cheoil.
Eilish Byrne-Whelehan is a highly esteemed Fiddle Player, Recording Artist, Teacher and Community Leader. She has being playing Irish Music since she was seven years old and is a five times All-Ireland Champion. She is known internationally in Irish Traditional Music Circles and has performed with many renown musicians and artists. She has being featured as a distinguished musician in several radio and television programmes on BBC, RTE & TG4. As a recording artist and performer Eilish has toured extensively in the US and Europe both as a solo performer and a member of bands and ensembles.
Over the years Eilish has produced Pupils whom have also had great success at Fleadh Cheoils winning All- Britain and All-Ireland titles. Some of her past pupils have gone on to perform in such notable productions as “Riverdance” and “Lord of the Dance”.
Eilish has met and performed for the President of Ireland, Michael J Higgins, and during his recent State Visit to London, Eilish was invited to meet HRH Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace as recognition of her work in the Local community. As well as being a Primary School Curriculum Music Teacher she is also a Specialist Leader of Education for the Borough of Enfield.
Alan Morgan – Music Tutor
Alan Morgan is a highly versatile Irish musician. He is a proud London Irishman with Mayo roots. He began his Irish music schooling with the late great Tommy Macguire in Camden Town’s Irish Centre. During the 70’s and 80’s Alan competed nationally and internationally at various fleadh competitions. He has 5 All-Ireland titles won across Piano Accordion, Fiddle and Mouth Organ as well as a multitude of All-Britain titles including 1 gained on the Tin Whistle. It is on the Piano Accordion however that Alan has achieved greatest prominence. He is classically trained to Grade VIII standard and has over 30 years experience playing in groups and bands in London’s Irish country scene. Alan has 3 children at the school of music.
Olivia Whelehan – Harp Tutor
Olivia has been playing the Harp for 9 years, and established the Feith An Cheoil Harp School one year ago. She is the current All Britain Champion and has retained this title for the last 5 years. One of her other milestones is achieving Distinction from grades I to VIII in Irish Traditional Music through the University Of West London. Olivia has met and performed for Mr Michael D Higgins the current President of Ireland, and was also appointed as an Ambassador Of Music for Enfield Council last year. Olivia has also appeared on TG4 and RTE throughout her years of playing.Olivia says that ‘music is a story; be it exhilarating, romantic or sorrowful. Music knows no limits, it has no language yet can be understood by all’.