Core 4 is a fresh, dynamic brand of Irish music. Pairing the talents of brothers Tomás and Patrick Bowling, their fiddle and flute fuse seamlessly with the intricately stunning playing of Torrin Ryan on uilleann pipes and the innovative guitar stylings of Stuart Peak. The four combine to create an exciting and intense sound that is all their own. Priding themselves on playing new and old tunes in the tradition, Core 4 sets the bar high with their interpretive and inventive musical prowess.
Tomás began his fiddling in Boston with the Hanafin-Cooley branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCE). He has had the privilege of studying and playing with some of the most skilled Irish fiddlers in the world, including Tommy Peoples, Oisin McAuley, Eamon Coyne, and George Keith . He has placed 1st at the CCE Mid-Atlantic Fleadh in several categories and is passing along a bit of the tradition through lessons of his own. Often joined by his musical siblings Patrick and Meghan, Tomás has performed in many venues in the Boston area as well as across the East Coast.
Patrick started out with a classical music background, but had grown up with a great love for the Irish performing arts. It wasn’t long before he was drawn to taking Irish flute lessons with the Comhaltas music school in Boston, as well as dance lessons with the O’Shea-Chaplin Academy of Irish Dance. Patrick is now an accomplished performer, with experience competing and performing all over the United States.
After seeing Lúnasa piper Cillian Vallely in action at the age of twelve, Torrin picked up a set of uilleann pipes and has been piping ever since. He has competed in several Mid-Atlantic Fleadhs in NY where he’s won first place on both whistle and pipes. In Ireland, he has competed at the All-Ireland Fleadh held in Tullamore and has attended the Scoil Éigse music school. At home, Torrin has attended the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Boston Music School, is a regular at the Northeast Uilleann Pipers Tionól, and is a member of the Boston Piper’s Club. He has been influenced by many styles of piping as well as many pipers and likes to incorporate both tight and open piping into his playing. He favors both the ‘tasteful’ piping of Liam O’Flynn and Seamus Ennis as well as the ‘traveler style’ or ‘open’ piping of Paddy Keenan and the Doran brothers. Currently a member of the bands NØÍR and Carraroe, he has performed at the ICONS Festival, Blackstone River Theatre Celtic Festival, the Cotuit Center for the Performing Arts, and at the Blackstone River Theatre with longtime Providence-based Celtic group Pendragon. He's recently recorded a CD with his band NØÍR.
An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Stuart is a highly sought-after session leader, performer, and teacher of Irish music. He has performed all over the US, Canada, and Ireland. Considered one of the South Shore's premiere Irish musicians, Stuart has appeared in many media publications, radio, and television. He's recently recorded a CD with his band NØÍR.