Timmy McCarthy (aka Timmy the Brit) comes from Ballyvourney in the southwest of Ireland.
The Sliabh Luachra style of music he has learned has been passed on in the traditional way from masters past and present like Johnny Leary, Johnny Brosnan, Seamus Begley to name but a few.
Timmy is a real inspiration to many people. His energy and drive is unbelievable and his passion for tradition is unsurpassed.
Timmy’s great love in life is set dancing and his mission in life is keeping this tradition alive and healthy.
Tony McCarthy, son of Timmy originally comes from Cork, Ireland. Tony is a musical wizard on flute and whistles and has that rare talent of really making people feel pure emotion and seeing wonderful images when playing a slow air. Just as fantastic is his repertoire of reels, jigs, hornpipes, polkas and slides. Tony also plays driving rhythms and pulsing melodies on his bouzouki – he’s also a skilled bodhran player too and has a unique and special voice, in many ways similar to John Spillane´s.
Tony now lives and works as a professional musician in Brittany, France and plays with a number of top Celtic musicians there. His band there, Boys in the Gap have released two Cd’s - “The Swallow” & “Time of Change.”
Eoin is the son of Michael 0 Riabhaigh, Cork Uilleann Piper and teacher. He has been playing since 1968 and tours the U.S. and Europe extensively. Some of the albums on which he has played, and performers with which he has appeared and recorded through the years are: Tom Russell (U.S. songwriter), Dolores Keane, Iris Demente, Piper's Rock , Jimmy Crowley and Stoker's Lodge, Mary Black , Matt Cranitch, Colm Murphy, Niall Toner, John Faulkner, Conal 0 Gráda.
Eoin is holder of several All-Ireland Piping medals in all age groups and has appeared on television and radio, both in Ireland and abroad, since the age of ten. 'Handed On' is Eoin's debut solo album dedicated to his father Michael, and it features primarily tunes he learned directly from his father. It also features tunes which display Eoin's lifelong Interest In folk music from Scotland and America.
Peter Corbett is originally from Limerick in the west of Ireland. He comes from a strong musical background, which is clearly reflected in his fiddle playing. Over the years, Peter has played and recorded with a number of top performers of traditional Irish and folk music in Germany. His long years of experience in trad. music has provided him with a huge repertoire of reels, jigs, hornpipes, slides and polkas, with which he delights audiences all over Germany where he is now living. Peter is also an accomplished guitarist and has a wonderful singing voice.
David McMahon comes from Dublin, Ireland and is now living near Landshut in Bavaria. It was in fact Timmy who inspired him to start learning the C#D button accordion several years ago. He also plays harmonica and sings with Na Ciotogi. David is the man who organises the group’s concerts in Germany.
“We’re not what you might call a commercial band. We a group of close friends who come together once or twice a year for some very special performances. The traditional music we play is played with a passion - it’s not something which, has had the life blown out of it by too many nights on stage. Each time we come together every band member has something new to add to the unique sound of Na Ciotogi. We’ll continue to perform here as long as our audience welcome us - long may that continue!”