Brendan O’Sullivan
Artist Biography
Brendan has been playing fiddle for 30 years, 20 of them as a professional musician. He has toured the world with several different groups including the contemporary traditional group Gráda and is a Riverdance Violinist. He has also featured prominently on the National TV ad for Charleville Cheese .
Brendan’s approach to music attempts to examine traditional Irish music and how it fits into the broader music world. His music is a personal journey, merging world music with traditional tunes. Added to this mix are his own original compositions, unique in what they say and how they sound.
Ever since childhood, Brendan’s influences have moulded and shaped his style of fiddle playing into one that is brave and contemporary, yet true to the past and where he came from.
Brendan’s music ranges from Irish Traditional, Jazz, World music and Rock, and has performed in such places as the Sydney Opera House, the National Concert Hall, for the Ryder Cup as well as to over 160,000 people live at the All-Ireland National Hurling and Football Championship Finals in Croke Park, Dublin.
With an extensive background in both traditional and various other techniques, he has also been teaching Irish fiddle for 20 years in many different formats across the globe having conducted workshops in countries as far afield as Scotland, Denmark, Zimbabwe, the US, New Zealand as well as in schools throughout Ireland.
He has recorded on over a dozen albums, including the Waltons CD, Ireland’s Best Fiddle Tunes and Grada’s critically acclaimed albums‚ Endeavour and The Landing Step. He has performed with several known groups and musicians such as Jack L, Eoin Dillon(Kila), Stockton’s Wing, Pauline Scanlon and was a band colleague for many years with the multi-platinum Irish pop star now based in Germany,Rea Garvey from the highly successful group Reamonn.
Brendan now lives in the Kingdom of Kerry, playing locally in the vibrant music scene there with several diverse line-ups such as Willow, The Small Hours and Jigabyte covering everything from Trad to Blues and beyond. He also continues to tour internationally  having just completed a run with Riverdance in  South Korea as well as the Wexford Opera House this summer.
His debut solo album ‘Took an Notion’, recorded in Sonas Studios in Killarney has just been released with high octane sold-out launches in the eclectic venues Sol y Sombra and Odessa venues in Kerry and Dublin respectively. More 2010 concerts are currently booked for Dublin, Mayo and Poland meanwhile   ‘Took a Notion’ is now available in selected shops nationwide and numerous online music websites.
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