Another long time Island resident Kevin Mc Cann
is regularly seen in the Club playing the mandolin and guitar. Kevin is one of those musicians who can accompany just about anything but does greatly appreciate when people sing in tune !. Danny and Kevin are a regular fixture and together can keep the music flowing through a long evening. Kevin also has a fine voice but only sings when pressed to do so, fortunately there are many fine singers in his family and one or more are usually about and happy to share their talent with the public.Máirtín Ó Méalóid
was born in Dublin in 1965 and went to sea as a fisherman as a young man. He later spent some years ( 1982-1990) on the West Coast of the United States where he became part of the group ‘The Young Dubliners’ which was popular amongst the young Irish emigrants in the California area. He learned traditional ‘sean nós’ singing from his uncle Colm Sonaí and took part in the Oireachtas Sean Nós singing competitions on a number of occasions. He liven on Inis Meán ( One of the Aran Islands) in 1994-95 before coming to Cape Clear Island where he has since resided together with his wife Geraldine and family Nora Jane, Sadbh and Máirtin Óg. Máirtin plays the bodhrán and the jews harp and as well as singing ‘sean nós’ is an accomplished ballad singer, especially traditional Dublin ballads.
Miartín is the bodhrán player featured in the poster below. Séamus Ó Drisceoil
hails from Dublin and has lived on Cape Clear Island for the past 20 years with his wife Bríd and family Aodh and Shane. He has a great interest in live traditional music and song and apart from the regular sessions brings various musicians and groups to perform in Club Cléire. Séamus has an impressive repertoire of traditional songs and ballads in both Irish and English and also enjoys the bodhrán. His best role is probably that of ‘fear a tí’, or master of ceremonies and he is regularly to be found hosting sessions in Club Cléire. The Club is welcoming to visiting musicians and singers and Séamus makes every effort to encourage all available talent to take part.
Sean Patrick Donald
from Toronto arrived on the Island in September 2008 to spend the winter of 2008/09 whoofing ( Willing helper on an organic farm) on the Island and also playing music and enjoying the craic with,other local musicians. Sean plays the guitar and "just about anything else that comes into my hands". He liked blues mainly and trad and is always willing to try something new. Sean says that the has learnt more during his time on Cape Clear Island than anywhere else so far.