Mike Arrigan
A great teacher and a great drummer. Nearly every drummer in Galway knows Mike. A very respected and talented individual with great stories from his drumming career

Mike Barr
Mike was the drummer with Northern Irish band, Throat. Thanks to Darragh Butler (Kerbdog/ Wilt) for giving me that one.

Dónal Bowens
Drummer with indie band Penrose. In 2015 the band released their debut EP, Live For The Dream. He also drums with Rosa Nutty, Antidotes, Alabaster and Visor.

Johnny Boyle
Drummer with Picturehouse and Pugwash. Also played and sang backing vocals for Marianne Faithful. Is now working as Head of Drums with BIMM college in Dublin.

Liam Bradley
Liam is a drummer, percussionist and vocalist who has performed and recorded with incredible artists such as Van Morrisson, Paul Brady, The Blue Nile, Boyzone, Foy Vance, Maura O'Connell, Brian Kennedy, Ronan Keating, Mary Black, Phil Coulter, Clannad, Mary Byrne and Gilbert O'Sullivan.

Kevin Brady
Kevin is a brilliant jazz drummer with an excellent C.V. A very talented musician.I had the great pleasure of meeting Kevin when he performed as part of the Phil Ware trio at the 2016 Galway Jazz Festival. Check out some of his music videos on You Tube, you won't be disappointed.

Fran Breen
Fran has toured and recorded with the likes of Paul Brady, Nanci Griffith, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Lucinda Williams, Shelby Lynn, Mary Black, The Waterboys, Everly Bros and Poco etc. He has done extensive touring, throughout Europe and the USA. Also I’ve done a lot of recording for TV and Theatre. He now lives and works in Nashville.

Binzer Brennan
Drummer with The Frames and Mundy amongst many others. One of Ireland's most respected and in demand drummers. Check out my interview with Binzer on this site.

Tony Brereton
Tony was the drummer with Irish band, Sack. Their album "You are what you Eat" is a fantastic record. One of Morrissey 's favourite bands. Their single "what did the Christians ever do for us" is a classic.

Noel Bridgeman
Noel is without doubt one of Ireland's best drummers. He was a member of Skid Row, a band that featured Phil Lynott, Gary Moore and Brush Shiels. Throughout his career, Noel has played and performed with incredible artists such as Mike Scott, Van Morrison, Mary Black, Christy Moore, Donal Lunny, Paul Brady, The Chieftans, Sharon Shannon, Steve Earle and Jackson Browne.

Billy Burgoyne
Drummer with Daniel O Donnell. I saw Billy on a number of occasions and he had a solid backbeat along with great discipline. One of the best Irish Country drummers.

Darragh Butler
Drummer with Kerbdog / Wilt. Read my interview with Darragh and get an insight as to what it means to be a key member of one of Ireland's great bands.

Alan Byrne
Drummer with Dublin metal band 'Predator' and later with Belfast band 'Tinman'. Thanks to Peter Dickson for the comment

Gar Byrne
Vocalist and drummer with The Riptide Movement. All Works Out, which is a single from the band's 2013 album, Getting Through, is a real family favourite. On the album Gar is also credited as playing the piano.
A few favourite Irish Drummers of Gar's are.... Rory Doyle, Ronan O'Reilly, Robbie Barrett, John Gray and Graham Hopkins.

Paul Byrne
Drummer with In Tua Nua. A fantastic drummer. Read my interview with Paul and learn more

Barry Campbell
Drummer with Irish band Blink. A great band with great songs. One of my favourites is "would you kill for love" taken from the band's "The End Is High" album.

Jacqueline Campion
Jacqueline plays drums and percussion with The Statics. In 2013 the band released their 4 track EP entitled Hidden Pigeon. Other tracks included Hit & Miss, Alone and As I See It

Sean Carpio
The Irish Times quoted that "Sean Carpio may be the finest drummer ever produced here" Sean has played with the Louis Stewart Quintet and is one of Ireland's most respected drummers.

Eamon Carr
Possibly the first Irish drummer to grab my attention was Eamon Carr of the band "Horslips" with their great tradition of Celtic Rock. Great musicians all but Eamon was amazing with great grooves for songs such as "Trouble with a capital T", "Dearg Doom" and one of my all time favourites, "The Man who built America" This was pop / rock but that Celtic fusion brought a new dimension to the music. If I was to describe Eamon 's style I would say it was simple, straight forward but there was a great feel and the backbeat laid down a fantastic groove that held the song together

Robbie Casserly
Wayne Sheehy rates Mr Casserly very highly. Credits include A Woman's Heart and The Commitments

Michael Christie
Drummer with Donegal band Georgia. Released their album Everybody's God in 1995 on the Danceline Records label

Ronan Clarke
Drummer with Into Paradise. Their debut album Churchtown is a classic. I was privileged to be at their final gig. A sad but exhilarating night. One of Ireland 's great bands. In a parallel universe they would be No 1 forever.

Damien Clifford
Damien was drummer in Limerick band, They do it with Mirrors. They managed to release two EPs on the Setanta label. The band split in the mid 1990 's

Nigel Connell
Has played with Daniel O Donnell and Eurovision winner Linda Martin.

Caroline Corr
Caroline one of the siblings of the famous Corrs group is one of Ireland 's most recognised drummers. Caroline 's style could be described as straightforward but she brought in elements of Irish traditional music in to her playing which was enjoyed by a much larger audience.

Eímhín Craddock
Drummer with Galway band The Sawdoctors. I saw Eimhín when he hosted a drum clinic in Campbells Tavern a couple of years ago and it was extremely informative and inspiring. A great night for all concerned.

Simon Crowe
Simon Crowe was the drummer with the first Irish rock band ever to top the British Charts with  'Rat Trap ' and that was 'The Boomtown Rats'. Perhaps this is one of my most favourite drumming songs of all time. It was both commercial and at the same time incredibly inventive in the way it emphasised the lyric and tone of the song. A great song by a great drummer.

Craig Cullen
Drummer with Kader Fire. I came across this band on an album called "Balls Of Iron Studios Limerick Rock and Roll Compilation"

Terry Cullen
Terry was the drummer with Tenspeedracer. They released two albums and a number of EPs. Their album eskimo beach boy was recorded by Joe Chester who as a solo artist released the brilliant, A Murder of Crows.

John Daly
A Limerick jazz drummer. John has played with the likes of Richie Buckley and Julian Siegel and is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, Boston, U.S.A. John is a founder member and chair of Limerick Jazz Society.

Sean Devine
Drummer with Cork alternative rock band The Alkove. They band have released their debut EP "Now Or Never"

Billy Doherty
Billy, born July 10 1958, is the drummer with probably Ireland's greatest ever exports of the three minute guitar pop tune and that is The Undertones. Who could forget their first single and the one that still dominants top lists and is regarded as possibly the greatest ever record of all time, certainly the late great DJ John Peel thought so and that song is  'Teenage Kicks'. Once Billy kicks in with that snare intro it sets the tone for one of the most rhythmic and vital songs ever put down on vinyl. With Billy 's drumming you always felt a Ramones influence which perfectly suited the band and the songs.

Johnny Donnelly
Johnny Donnelly was an original member of The Saw Doctors when they had a no 1 hit in Ireland with the song, "I useta love her". The band gained success in Ireland and garnered a considerable live following for their passionate shows. Johnny however left the band in 2001 stating that the travelling was becoming tiresome and was something he didn't want to do anymore. Johnny however has not been idle and has an events management company called Arcana.

Alan Downey
Drummer with Aslan. Alan is a mega drummer in a great band.

Brian Downey
One of Ireland's most famous drummers and key member of Thin Lizzy. His work with the band speaks for itself. A true icon and legend for Irish Drummers.

Rory Doyle
Drummer with Hozier. Rory's credits include being a tutor at BIMM in Dublin and also appearing with BellX1. Many thanks to the person who requested Rory's addition to the index and apologies for my original oversight.

Jason Duffy
Jason has toured and recorded with The Corrs, Jeff Beck, Sharon Shannon, Picture House and Eddie Reader to name just a few. Jason is brother to Keith Duffy, bass player with The Corrs. Cormac Larkin of the Irish Times recommends Jason as a drummer and describes him as "shit hot".

Emmaline Duffy-Fallon
Engine Alley was one of Ireland 's most art house bands and reminded me of  'The Cure' at their pomp and Emmaline was their original drummer. Emmaline certainly was creative especially on their first single  'The Flowers ' which featured Emmaline using cymbals on the chorus which was very original and sounded great.

Cormac Dunne
Drummer with "The Stunning" a band that hailed from Galway and reached no 1 with their album Paradise in the Picture House. Cormac 's drumming on possibly the band 's most famous single "Brewing up a Storm" which certainly was that and when I played in cover bands it was one of my most favourite songs to play. Great fun indeed!

Tom Dunne
Tom has played with Georgie Fame, Mary Coughlin, Imelda May, Louis Stewart, Paul Langosh (bassist with Tony Bennett) . Tom supported Mose Allison in the iridium jazz club in NYC. . He is also teaching drums at The Ratoath School of Music in Meath and Glasnevin Academy of Music.

Conor Egan
Drummer with The Coronas. Irish Drummers got the pleasure of interviewing Conor after the band recorded their 2011 album Closer to You. Read the full interview and learn what makes this amazing drummer one of the best. Credit to Peter Neill for the cover photo of Conor.

Eamonn Elliot
Drummer with Candy Apple Red a brilliant 4 piece band from Dublin.

Fyfe Ewing
Therapy? Is one of Ireland 's greatest rock bands. Their album "Troublegum" highlighted the great drumming of Fyfe Ewing. I remember when I was taking lessons my tutor referred to Fyfe and in particular the song "Screamager" as a great example of a song that was very creative in how the drumming built up the urgency and the intensity throughout. Fyfe left Therapy? soon after this album and was replaced by the mighty Graham Hopkins.

Dave Farrell
"Friday night" was the album from "The Brilliant Trees" and their drummer was Dave Farrell. The Brilliant Trees always reminded me of Ireland 's answer to Blur. Dave 's drumming was very effective and brought a dance vibe to the music. Strings on the album were provided by Ken Rice who was a member of Engine Alley.

Ger Farrell
Drummer with Skindive and Azure Days. Ger has been involved in the music scene for the past 20 years. According to Ger's LinkedIn account he has toured with Nillis Lofgren of the E Street Band and The Samuel Eddy Band. Ger has featured on television notably as part of The Late Late Show house band for 10 years. He has also recorded and toured with Dolores O' Riordan and has played percussion with Snow Patrol.

Adam Faulkner
Drummer with Girl Band. Check out their single Lawman, where Adam lays down a strong groove and see why this Dublin band is tipped for great things in 2015.

Ray Fean
Drummer with Horslips and Riverdance amongst others. I had the great pleasure in interviewing Ray in Dolans of Limerick. A true gent

Tom Fenner
Drums, percussion with Microdisney. Their album Crooked Mile boasts great songs including the single "Town to Town"

Brendan Fennessy
I saw Brendan play with his band O Emperor at Monroes in Galway. One of the my favourite gigs of 2014. Delighted to find out that The Blue Nile's A Walk Across The Rooftops is a highlight. The man undoubtedly has great taste in music.

John Fitzsimons
Drummer with Visions Of Floyd

Alan Flynn
Too Much For The Whiteman was a band from Tuam, Co.Galway. The band has just announced a one off reunion gig as part of the Sugarbeet Music Festival in Tuam 2015.

Steve (Stephen) Fottrell
Drummer with the Voice of Cheese a local Galway band. Valerie Hely was the lead vocalist with the band, great voice.

Simon Freedman
A member of Whole Lotta Zepp. Also drummer with HAL. A very talented musician as evidenced from his YouTube clips.

Hughie Gallagher 
Drummer with Light A Big Fire. Brilliant band with Thomas McLaughlin as the lead vocalist. Great songs such as C.I.A which appeared on gunpowders which had Eamon Carr as executive producer.

Benjamin Garrett
Ben had a very successful 2016 with the release of Overheads debut album ‘Learning To Growl’ which has been nominated for the RTE Choice Prize Album of the Year. Having had a very busy summer playing all the major Irish festivals, 2016 finished on a career high, culminating in Overheads biggest headline show in Vicar St in December. Ben also plays drums for Irish artist Lethal Dialect, which he joined in 2014. They have been busy working on their next album, which should surface sometime in 2017. 

Dean Gavin
Drummer with popular Mullingar band The Academic. I saw the band play a blistering set at the Galway Intl Arts Festival 2016. A great live act.

Phil Gaynor
Owner of The Drum Lessons Centre. Phil has been playing drums since he was approximately six years of age. Phil has literally taught hundreds of drummers including well known drummers such as Gar from the Riptide Movement.

Tommy Gray
Drummer and co-founder of Dublin band BARQ. Tommy has demonstrated great musical depth and technical ability with bands like Zaska, Monster Monster, and Come On Live Long. BARQ have performed at many of Ireland's major music festivals including Electric Picnic, Indiependence, Longitude, Body & Soul, and Other Voices.

Mark Grist
Mark has played / performed with and for a diverse variety of artists, musicians, producers and musical directors in the live, studio recording, TV and movie soundtrack settings. The artists include; Dean Friedman, Michelle Heaton, Shush, Jacobs Ladder, Stano, Billy Farrell, Tony Perry, Tim Ambler, Tony McGuiness, Dickie Rock, Connor McKeon, The Legends Of Swing, Steven McKeon, The Camembert Quartet,etc.

Conor Guilfoyle
Conor is one of Ireland's most foremost and respected jazz drummers. He is also a co-founder of the jazz programme at Newpark Music Centre.

Evan Hadnett
Walking On Cars released their album Everything This Way in 2016. Drummer Evan Hadnett is a key member of the band. This band from Kerry is certainly one to watch.

Robert Hamilton
Drummer with " The Fat Lady Sings" I saw this band once in London with a couple of friends. Their song Arclight has to be one of the best Irish singles ever.

Colm Hassett
Member of Whipping Boy. One of my favourite songs from the band was Disappointed which was on the single EP, We Don't Need No Body Else.

Pat Hayes
A member of Cry Before Dawn. The band's album Crimes of Conscience contained great tracks such as Flags, The Seed That's Been Sown and Girl In The Ghetto.

Chris Heaney
Chris was the drummer of  'The Revenants ', one of my most favourite Irish bands. Chris on the album  'horse of a different colour ' developed a great sound on his hi- hat and used that open full sound throughout the album which is brilliant. Perhaps it was no surprise that Chris turned out to be a great artist as his dad is Seamus Heaney, one of Ireland 's greatest poets.

Dave Hingerty
One of Ireland's best known drummers. He has played with The Frames and Josh Ritter. He works with BIMM college in Dublin. A very talented drummer

Steve Hogan
A very successful and in demand drummer. Steve's credits include Hal, Mary Coughlan and Riverdance.

Graham Hopkins
Probably one of the nicest guys in Irish rock. Graham has a drumming C.V that is second to none having played with My Little Funhouse, Therapy?, Snowpatrol and Dolores O'Riordan. A great drummer who released his own album Hailte.

Matthew Jacobson
On his home web page Matthew proudly starts of by saying "I am an Irish drummer". John Fordham, the Guardian is quoted as saying "a European jazz artist of growing charisma". The Irish Times quoted "one of Ireland's most existing new talents". Irish drummers salutes such a great talent.

Eddie Jordan
Eddie was born on the 30th March 1948. Eddie is perhaps more famously known for his exploits in the field of motorsport. He was the founder and owner of Jordan Grand Prix. Eddie is the drummer for Eddie and The Robbers which feature Pete Noone and Matt Exelby who have toured with Roger Taylor of Queen fame. On April 17th 2009 the band released the single "You Make Me Smile" in aid of childrens cancer charity CLIC Sargent. Thanks to eddieandtherobbers.com and Wikipedia for references.

Ashley Keating
Drummer with the Frank and Walters. The band enjoyed great success and had great songs such as "Fashion Crisis Hits New York", "Michael", "This Is Not a Song", "After All"

David (Dave) Keegan
Drummer and Photographer. Dave has toured with many groups and singers including BellX1, Maire Brennan, Sharon Shannon and The Henry Girls. In 2016, he has toured with Tupelo and Camille O'Sullivan. Dave is involved with the upcoming release of the charity single "You are not alone" which is due for release in December 2016. 

Rob Kennedy
Born 16th September, 1994. Studying Commercial Modern Music in BIMM Dublin. Rob has been described by Hot Press magazine as a prodigious talent. His influences, according to his facebook page, are Buddy Rich, Tony Royster Jr, Tony Williams, Dave Weckl, Steve Gadd and Brian Downey amongst others.  His affiliation includes Ludwig Drums, Sabian Cymbals and Vater Percussion. Check out his facebook page for examples of some seriously brilliant drumming. Definitely one to watch.

Paul Kenny
Paul is a drum tutor and session player. His music credits include James Vincent McMorrow. He is also a member of German band Get Well Soon, electronica band Jape in addition to various other session work. Paul is a tutor at the prestigious BIMM music college in Dublin and has previously studied with Benny Greb and Udo Dahmen. Some of his recent studio work includes albums with producers Rob Kirwan (Hozier, U2, Depeche Mode) and Dani Castellar (Paulo Nutini).

Fiachra Kinder
Drummer and Session Musician based in Dublin. Fiachra has performed with many artists including Cloud Castle Lake, Saint Sister, Nova Collective and Trinity Orchestra. Fiachra has also toured and performed with Hozier, on The Late Show with David Letterman and the Ellen Degeneres Show. He is also the recorded drummer on the hit song "Take Me To Church"

Cormac Larkin
Scribe with The Irish Times and a highly respected journalist and drummer. Cormac is also a director of Hatch21 productions and a hugh promoter of all things jazz. Cormac is the founder of the Sofa Sessions in Kilkenny City and I had the great pleasure of meeting Cormac when he presented the Sofa Sessions as part of the brilliant 2016 Galway Jazz festival.

Pat Larkin
Thanks to Mel Healy for suggestion. Pat played drums in one of Dublin's best and favourite bands The Blades. The Blades featured the fantastic talent this is Paul Cleary, one of Ireland's greatest songwriters.

Feargal Lawlor
Feargal Lawlor drummer with The Cranberries. They burst on to the scene with the release of the band 's debut album, "Everybody is doing it, so why can 't we?". Just listen to tracks such as "Linger" and "Pretty" and hear how the drumming compliments the music. Songs such as "Dreams" and "How" really drive the beat and show Feargal 's use of toms and cymbals throughout the tracks. His emphasis on the vocal is both imaginative and crucial and helps drive the songs to new heights. Fearghal is an exceptional musician who really has a great feel and very imaginative in his use of beats. He was also the drummer with the Mono band.

Shea Lawlor
Drummer with Director. They band released the fantastic album "We Thrive On Big Cities"

Dylan Lynch
Drummer with Little Green Cars. To date, 2016, the band have released two acclaimed
albums, Ephemera and Absolute Zero. The band is managed by former Thrills guitarist, Daniel Ryan. Still of a young age, the band started back in 2007, they have toured extensively, including the United States, where they appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Stephen Lynch
Band member with Niall Quinn and the Pennywhores. I first heard Stephen on the track "Cutting Crew and IT Bites.

David Lyttle
David is a highly respected jazz drummer who has played with amongest others, Louis Stewart. David studied jazz in New York and went on to establish himself in Europe and the United States. He received a Best Jazz Act nomination at the 2015 MOBO awards. Rolling Stone described his album , Faces as "one of the best, robust listening experiences you're likely to have all year".

James Mackin
James is a very talented drummer having played all major Irish festivals, the Linclon Centre NYC and the Washington National Gallery of Art. James has also appeared on BBC radio and television, RTE's The Late Late Show, Saturday Night Show, TV3 and TG4.

Derek Maher
Drummer with My Little Funhouse. Played on the album StandUnder, left to be replaced by Graham Hopkins in 1993.

Ken Mahon
Ken played drums in the early eighties with Irish band Tokyo Olympics.

Jason Maleney
Drummer with KARMS and Jake Carter.

Chris Paul Martin
Chris plays drums with Irish band Hurricane Highway. The band is due to play Harvest 2017 in late August.

Aaron Matthews
Drummer with Galway based Blues, roots and rock quartet The Notions. In October 2012 they launched their new four-track EP Scoop.

Fergal Matthews
Drummer with JJ72. Their single Oxygen is a brilliant song

Vincent (Vinny) May
Kodaline drummer and in our house probably one of the most played CDs. The band's album "In A Perfect World" is a good album and Vinnie's drumming compliments the songs perfectly. This band is destined for greatness.  

Callum McAdam
Drummer with Bipolar Empire and Wild Youth. We first discovered Callum after picking up a copy of Bipolar Empire's album 'Feel That You Own It' which as produced by Pat McCarthy and Lance Hogan. A great album and definitely worth a listen.

Rory McCarron
Drummer with Schtum. The band released an excellent album in 1996 entitled Grow. Their management team at the time included Billy Doherty and Paul McLoone.

John Mc Cormack
Drummer with Cork band Belsonic Sound. Highly recommended by Darragh Butler (Kerbdog, Wilt)

Shane Mc Cormack
Along with live work, Shane has covered recording sessions including an EP with Dublin band 'Reech', a live radio session on Today FM at very short notice with Cork band 'Neon Atlas'! He also did a RTE recording session with 'The Parlaz'. 

Ross McCormick
Drummer with Delorentos. A critically acclaimed band that have released some great albums. Also nominated for the Choice Music Prize. Hoping to catch the band live in 2015 during their Irish tour.

Simon McDonagh
Drummer with Tuam band Oh Boland. They released the album Spilt Milk in 2016. They concluded  a successful year by being one of the headline acts at the Roisin Dubh's New Year's Eve bash. Their songs are described as being energetic and raw that draw on influences from punk and the sixties.

Daniel McGettigan
Daniel is the drummer with Donegal band, Wolves Of Youth.

Ian McTigue
Ian has played with Riverdance in the iconic surroundings of New York's Radio City Music Hall & The Lincoln Centre, Pantages Theatre LA, Mexico City's Auditorio Nacional, Atwood Concert hall Anchorage Alaska, Atlantis the palm Dubai, Astana Kazakhstan, Soon after he joined the Women of Ireland show with tours to Orchard Hall in Tokyo, Teatro Municipal De Las Condes, Santiago Chile, Zurich Switzerland & all over Germany. Ian has worked with many other artists - Camille O' Sullivan, Moya Brennan, Ronan Keating, Carlos Nunez, Donal Lunny, Don Baker, Mike McGoldrick, Zoe Conway & Robin James Hurt - his theatrical credits also include Improbable Frequency, Mac Becks, Guys & Dolls, All Shook Up, Anything Goes, Calamity Jane & The Wedding Singer.

Brendan McInerney
Drummer with Limerick band Bleeding Heart Pigeons. Certainly one of the bands to watch out for in 2016.

Rob McKahey
Drummer with Stump. This band featured former members of Microdisney. The band released the successful charting single Charlton Heston. Sadly their lead singer Mick Lynch passed away in late 2015.

Tommy McManus
Mama's Boys, a great rock band. Sadly Tommy passed away due to leukemia, RIP. Their song Needle in the Groove is one of the most recognisable and catchiest songs that any Irish band has ever recorded.

Rick McMurray
Drummer with Ash. I last saw the band playing as support to the Foo Fighters at Slane, Co.Meath. Great gig with Ash performing a brilliant set.

Mike Mesbur
Drummer with The Lookalikes. Can I take you home tonite is probably one of the greatest power pop songs of all time. I love the drumming on this song particularly the fills, brilliant stuff.

Paul Moran
Played on the hit single "In A lifetime" which featured Clannad and a guest appearance from Bono. This is a fantastic song and the drumming on this track is very tasty. Paul displays a brilliant touch that enhances the song superbly.

Gerry Morgan
Born in County Down. Drummer with James Bay. Delighted to see Gerry getting the recognition he deserves as he features in the July 2016 issue of Rhythm magazine.

Dominic Mullan
Drummer who played on Emilie Conway's debut album "The Secret of a Rose" which received rave reviews. Dominc is an established drummer on the Irish jazz scene and has played with many artists including the Zoe Francis Quartet.

Larry Mullen Jr
An absolute legend and drumming icon, who is known the world over.I think it was the War album when I truly discovered how brilliant this man is.

Dec Murphy
Drummer with The Blizzards , Mullingar based band. Very popular in Ireland with platinum sales for their albums. Now believed to be back in Mullingar, Ireland. A very talented drummer.

Ollie Murphy
Playing with HamsandwicH.  The band is certainly on a roll and recently featured in the Hot Press magazine 900th issue.

Doug Murray
Woodstar was a brilliant Irish band from Limerick. Their album, Life Sparks produced by Stephen Street is a classic. Do yourself a favour and give it a listen. You won't be disappointed.

Paul Noonan
Although perhaps more known as the lead singer with BellX1. Paul has not only played drums with his own band but has played on other music projects, notably with Gemma Hayes on her critically acclaimed debut album, Night On My Side. A very talented musician.

Dael O 'Brien
Drummer with alternative rock quartet, We The People. This Waterford based band formed in early 2011 and quickly starting touring. In July 2012 they were undertaking a nationwide tour of Ireland. Reports have compared their sound to Arctic Monkeys and Placebo.

Stephen O'Brien

From Cork, Ireland, Stephen plays full time with DECCA Artist Brian Deady. He has regularly played at music festivals throughout Ireland including Longitude, Electric Picnic, Body and Soul and the Indiependence festival in Mitchelstown. Steve has played on many national radio stations including RTE Radio 1, NewsTalk, 2 FM, Today FM, Red FM and 96 FM and has made TV appearances including RTE's The Late Late Show. He is due to tour Europe with BRIAN DEADY in 2017, one of the dates being the well known Eurosonic Noorderslag festival.

Paul O'Byrne
Drummed with Engine Alley. Played on the band's Lavender Girl EP. Great tracks on this release including Light Years and We won't be late.

Cion O'Callaghan
Cion's first proper playing gig was with Mundy's first band, recording his debut album Jelly Legs with him. The next few years were spent touring alongside and opening for acts like Neil Young, Alanis Morissette and The Long Pigs (in which Richard Hawley played guitar). Since then, Cion has played live or recorded with all sorts of artists, everyone from Adrian Crowley, Rosey, Ami Grady, Shane Mc Gowan & Ronnie Drew, James Vincent Mc Morrow, DFF (fronted by the great Dr Dave Flynn and including Niwell Tsumbu and Viv Long in the line up), Gavin Glass and the Holy Shakers, Kid Coy, The Rags, The Tigers of Tin Pan, Daniel Anderson, A Sample Answer, LotusEater as well as many years playing percussion with Paddy Casey.


Colm Ó Cíosóig
Drummer and founding member of My Bloody Valentine, one of the true great bands. Their album Loveless is rightly regarded as a classic along with their earlier release Isn't Anything which contains one of my favourite MBV songs, Soft as Snow (But Warm Inside)

Sean O'Connor
Drummer with Able Archer. Their song Scars indicates a band with a bright future ahead. Their debut album is expected to be released in October 2016.

Shane O'Donovan
Studied with Conor Guilfoyle at Newpark Music Centre. A member of OKO featuring Shane Latimer curator of the Bottlenote Festival of improvised music in Dublin. The Irish Times has described OKO as "Edgy electric jazz".

Jay Oglesby
Played drums with the Artane Boys Band. Jay boasts an impressive CV having performed with many artists on TV, Radio, In Studio or live including…Rob Strong, Laura Izibor, Don Baker, Sharon Corr, Brian Kennedy, Picturehouse, Royseven,Delorentos, Luan Parle, Glen Baker, Jet Harris, Stano, White Chocolate,
Claudine Day, Mickey Rooney, Whole Lotta Zepp, Gotcha, Mal O’Brian Band, The Beau Motives, Aoife Underwater.

Carl Papenfus
Played with Relish, a band from Northern Ireland. I recall talking to a music venue owner in Boyle, Co.Roscommon who stated that Relish was probably the best live act that had graced that venue's stage and in fairness he should know as he was a big music head. I recently saw Carl, along with his brother Ken playing with Sinead O'Connor. These brothers are seriously good musicians.

Glen Power
Drummer with The Script. Glen, born July 5 1978, is one of the best drummers around. Songs like Talk You Down and Rusty Halo make you really appreciate the pop sensibility that this man has in spades.The band's eponymous debut album reached No.1 in both Ireland and the U.K.

Rod Quinn
Professional drummer who plays in a variety of styles. According to his site dublindrumlessons.com Rod spent 10 years in London, during which time as well as working as a full-time musician he studied with drum teaching legend Lloyd Ryan. He also successfully secured a recording contract with EMI records. Rod returned to Ireland in 1997 and has recorded and / or performed live with artists such as Van Morrison, Mary Black, Ronan Keating, Brian Kennedy, Sharon Shannon and Rebecca Storm. Since 2009 Rod has toured with internationally acclaimed Gilbert O'Sullivan and has played over 100 concerts with him all over the world.

Shane Rafferty
Drummer with The Coletranes.

Jimmy Rainsford
Drummer and founding member of Picture This. One to watch for 2016.

Alan Redmond
Drummer with La Rocca. A great song by La Rocca is "Cats" which I discovered on a a compilation CD called Faction 2. A great CD and I recommend you get it.

Tony Rice
Drummer with Big Generator. Sadly Tony lost his life in a car accident in Galway in July 2016. Tony was only 26 years of age. A massive loss to family and friends. May he rest in peace.

Eamonn Ryan
Eamonn, drummer with Dublin rock band Something Happens. I remember seeing this band in the Blue Lagoon in Sligo on a college night out. Wow! Songs like "Forget Georgia", "Incoming" and "Burn Clear" really showed this band as a fantastic melodic rock outfit that could seriously cut the mustard.

Shane Serrano
Drummer with Limerick band, Fox Jaw. The band has just released it's latest album Ghost's Parade.

Martin Sheanon.
Former drummer with The Deans. The Deans, a blues rock band originally from Athenry Co.Galway.

Wayne Sheehy
Drummer. Producer, Multi Instrumentalist. A brilliant drummer who first came on my radar with Irish rock band Cactus World News. He played with The Fountainhead and more recently with Damien Dempsey and The Hothouse Flowers. Wayne is one seriously talented individual and I'm delighted to say I had the pleasure of his company one Saturday afternoon in Dublin where we discussed drums and his career.

Graeme Stapleton
Drummer with Blacktye. I saw this band at a wedding in Co. Sligo on New Year's Eve, 2014. They certainly switched between different musical genres on the night and a very enjoyable evening was had by all.

Gary Sullivan
Sat on the drum stool for Engine Alley. Played on the band's Lavender Girl EP on 2 tracks, Astronaut and Take it on the blindside.

Rob Summons
Otherkin are a 4 piece band from Dublin. This band came to my attention whilst watching the programme Other Voices. Definitely one to watch.

Paul Vignoles
Drummer with Galway band The Conquerors. Paul joined the band in 2007 and in 2016 the band celebrated 45 years in the music business.

Keith Walker
Immigrants, Emigrants and Me is one of my favourite debut albums. Keith Walker's incendiary drumming is a highlight. Live, this band packed a punch although I have to admit I was disappointed at a gig they did in Galway. However, I still love listening to their music.

Evan Walsh
Evan is the drummer with County Cavan band The Strypes. They played a great gig as part of the New Year's Eve bash announcing Limerick as Ireland's first City of Culture 2014.

Ben Wanders
Musician and Session Drummer who has played on over 30 albums from Irish and International artists.Some of these include an album for Noel Hogan (The Cranberries) Shardborne, Hedfuzy, Slave Zero and many more. Currently a member of Xerath (Prog UK) Shardbone (Prog IRE) Tonemasons (Funk Fusion IRE) and Little Waits.

Chris Wee
Drummer with And So I Watch You from Afar. Chris recently was featured in Rhythm Magazine.

Stephen Whelan
Stephen has worked as a session drummer all over the world. He begun his journey at the age of 14 learning from many experienced and well respected teachers. From 2012 Stephen spent four years touring worldwide with Irish band God Is An Astronaut.

John Wilson
Drummer with Them and Taste. A brilliant drummer.

4 comments:

  1. add Colm O Ciosoig to the list . a genius

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  2. Just added Colm Ó Cíosóig to the list. Thanks morgan hart and kicking myself for not spotting it earlier

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  3. ALAN BYRNE
    Drummer with Dublin metal band 'Predator' and later with Belfast band 'Tinman'.
    Alan was known for power and speed with technical edge.

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  4. How about Rory Doyle(Hozier, BellX1) Jay Oglesby(Andrew Strong,Housebroken)
    Steven Hogan(Hal, Voice of Ireland) Simon Freedman(Hal, Whole Lotta Zep)
    Paul Kenny(James Vincent McMorrow)
    All great players Tom:)

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