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Joanne Cater

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Joanne Cater graduated with honours from the Colchester Institute of Music in 1996 where she studied flute under the direction of Duke Dobing. She worked in Warwickshire from 1996 to 2000 as a peripatetic woodwind teacher. She was flautist in the North Warwickshire Concert Orchestra and conductor/director of the Warwickshire County Flute Choir.

Living in Galway since 2000, Joanne teaches flute, woodwinds and music theory in GRETB School of Music. A multi-instrumentalist with a diverse repertoire, she enjoys playing an assortment of woodwinds in musical shows in the region as well as baritone saxophone with the Black Magic Big Band. Joanne joined Galway Youth Orchestra as conductor in 2004 and is well known for her dedicated work with young musicians.

Aidan Curran

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Aidan Curran has been working with Music Generation since January 2019. Qualified in Music Performance, Music Theory, Sound Engineering & Ethnomusicology; Aidan specialises in guitar, bass & ukulele. As tutor with our Bailigi and RockPopHipHop groups; his role involves working with young musicians in schools and youth centres throughout Galway City and County.


As a veteran of the live music scene for almost 20 years, Aidan has a wealth of experience in live performance & recording. Having performed all over the world; he is currently working with several top live acts throughout Ireland.


Aidan is Director of Music at Galway City Music Partnership through which he runs School of Rock; Galway’s acclaimed music performance-based summer camp. This year’s camp will commence on 29th June 2020.


Aidan also provides workshops in various music disciplines at PLC / FETAC level 5-6 for Galway Community College and other educational institutes.

Dave Curtis

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Dave Curtis hails from Southern California. He has had a 30 year career recording, playing and teaching on electric bass and keyboard. Dave has performed and recorded with Mike Garson (pianist for Nine Inch Nails and David Bowie), jazz guitarists Dean Brown and Wayne Johnson, Bobby Bare, Leroy Parnell, Kellie King, Art and Ivan Neville, Peter Sprague, Branford Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland and Steven Seagal.


Dave co-produced songwriter Ultan Conlon's The Last Days Of The Night Owl and toured, recorded and wrote with AJ Croce for 20 years. He currently lives outside Galway City.

Adam Downey

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Adam is a professional drummer from Gort, Co.Galway. He studied drums at Rhythm Drum School and graduated from the University of Limerick with a Masters Degree in Community Music. He also holds a Masters Degree in Community Development from NUIG.


Adam has toured extensively worldwide and recorded with many different artists. He regularly performs with artists such as Jamie Harrison, Tracy Bruen and Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies. In between gigging and recording he works with Music Generation Galway as a drum tutor and also delivers workshops in a variety of topics including songwriting, music recording and movie making. Adam is endorsed by Dream Cymbals.

Fionnuala Hannigan-Dunkley

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Fionnuala is a multi-instrumentalist, music tutor and choral director from Renvyle in Connemara. Since graduating with first class honours degrees from Cork School of Music in 2011 (Bmus) and NUIG in 2015 (MA) she has worked with various Galway based bands playing concertina, flute, guitar, ukulele and as a vocalist. Leading and conducting choirs around Galway including Omna Singers of Portumna, Cor le Cheile and Cor le kids in Athenry allow her to share her passion for singing and community music.


More recently Fionnuala has been developing vocal, song writing and ukulele programmes for secondary schools with Music Generation Galway City, and joining Rock/Pop/Hip-Hop programmes with Music Generation Galway County. She’s very keen to offer her musical knowledge and experience across a variety of musical genres; aspiring to encourage and motivate children and young people to be part of the exciting and creative process of music making. 

Pádraic Joyce

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Pádraic hails from Rossaveal in Connemara and has been playing guitar, singing and composing songs since his teens, when as a member of the band Minera, he was a winner of Comórtas Amhrán NuaChumtha in 1997 and went on to represent Ireland in the PanCeltic Song Contest that same year.

Whilst studying at NUIG, he was a member of the band Breakdown Rambler, appearing on the TG4 shows Ardán and Síbín. Their music featured in the multi award- winning short film El Toro, which is now part of the Leaving Certificate Gaeilge syllabus.

After completing his degree at NUIG, Pádraic studied Traditional Music production and composition under Charlie Lennon at NUIG and spent a year in the Access Music Project as well as studying Music Theory and Composition at GMIT

In 2018, Pádraic returned to An Comórtas Amhrán NuaChumtha; winning the contest with the song Ar Saoire, which he co-composed with Niall Teague. They went onto represent Ireland at the PanCeltic International Song Contest and won that competition as well. The track Ar Saoire is scheduled to feature on the album they are currently working on. In 2020, they won 4FM’s Christmas Song competition and were the winners of Oireachtas na Gaeilge’s inaugurual songwriting contest last year.

Pádraic is also a member of Tracy Bruen’s band. Tracy is a well-known Galway based singer songwriter. Pádraic co-produced and played lead guitar on her recent single Dream Away which reached Number 2 on the RTÉ Radio One Request Chart earlier this year.

As a guitar teacher, Padraic has been giving private classes to young and old from beginner to intermediate for nearly ten years.

For the last four years, he has worked for Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann as a guitar tutor, in both Knocknacarra (where he is head of the guitar department) and Moycullen.

David McGloughlin

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Dave McGloughlin is former member of Le Galaxie - a live electronic dance-music act that have firmly established themselves as festival favourites since 2009. They were signed to Universal Music and Reservoir worldwide publishing. Their Top-10 album "Le Club" was nominated for the prestigious Choice Music Prize, as was their song "Love System".


They toured extensively and played festivals throughout Ireland, Europe, America and beyond. Dave left Le Galaxie in July 2019, and is currently working on solo material. Prior to working with Music Generation, Dave was the project manager for Ballyfermot's Cruinniú Na nÓg music project "Unsung Youth".

Ingrid Nicola

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Born in Romania, Ingrid Nicola is the violinist/founding member of ConTempo quartet, a celebrated string quartet that has been Galway's Ensemble in Residence since 2003. Ingrid graduated from The University of Music in Bucharest.

In Ireland, she is now a chamber music visiting teacher at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, and has given lectures/workshops in London, Tokyo, Dublin Institute of Technology and the CIT Cork School of Music. In 2016, Ingrid was awarded a honorary Degree of Doctor of Music by NUIG). She has also received an MA in Music form the Cork School of Music (2005) and a Diploma in Child Psychology in 2015. Since September 2018 Ingrid is a conductor and teacher of Galway Youth Orchestra.

Ciara O’Connor

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Ciara grew up in a very musical environment, being exposed to many different kinds of music within her family. She has played the violin and piano from a young age and took up cello at the age of 13. She chose the cello as her main instrument for her music degree in the CIT Cork School of Music, where she graduated with first-class honours in 2014.


Ciara has been based in Galway since graduating and has been teaching music extensively throughout Galway. She has been involved with Music Generation in programmes both in Galway City and Galway County since 2019. These involve instrumental string programmes as well as musicianship- based classes in the classroom. As a performer, Ciara has played in both classical and traditional settings and has also done some studio session work.

Ronan O’Malley

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Ronan O'Malley. Originally from Westport, he moved to Galway and began an apprenticeship as a guitarist in 2007 which led to his current projects - No Stairway, a Led Zeppelin tribute act and 4Mile Circus, a dancey disco funtime band that has reinvented itself as an alternative wedding band.


In 2012 he joined the St. Patrick's Brass Band, where he primarily learned to play tuba and also, for the first time, to read music. This has been significant in his progression both as a musician and as a tutor. Ronan joined Music Generation as a tutor in 2019, of which he says “this enables me to bring music to many young people, an opportunity I didn't have growing up”

Shane O’Malley

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I came to music relatively late in life, picking up bass guitar at 14/15 because my brother's band needed one! Soon realising the craic to be had, I taught myself as much as possible.

Having moved to Galway to study physics, it wasn't until I had finished that I returned to music, and began gigging around the city.

I was privileged to take part in the Access Music Project, where I first got access to formal music education, and I also joined St. Patrick's Brass Band where I learned to play brass instruments. I then moved to Cork to study music in UCC.

Upon returning to Galway, I committed to music for a career and now I'm lucky to be part of the Music Generation team. Aside from playing music, I also teach swing dancing. Sometimes it's nice to enjoy the music rather than performing!