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Ruairí McGorman

Ruairi McGorman is an established Greek bouzouki & fiddle player from Ratoath in County Meath. Growing up in a musical family, Ruairi was exposed to traditional music from a very young age, with his mother being flute player Catherine McEvoy and his entire family accomplished musicians. After obtaining a BA in Journalism from Dublin City University, Ruairi moved to Australia where he taught traditional music for ‘The Gaelic Club’ in Sydney and performed at various festivals including The National Folk Festival in Canberra and Ceol Aneas in Nelson, New Zealand. Upon moving back to Ireland two years later, he became a Primary School Teacher and currently teaches with special needs children. In 2014, he launched the satiricial traditional music news website ‘The Drone News’ to equal acclaim and criticism. ‘The Drone News’ continues to grow in popularity to this day and was awarded a Bronze Medal in the 2015 Irish Blog Awards in the Entertainment category. Ruairi plays the Greek bouzouki in the style of Alec Finn, and is in demand as an accompanist. He has played with stalwarts such as Frankie Gavin, Noel Hill, Liam O’Connor, De Danann, among others. He can be heard on a number of recordings with Aidan Connolly, Jack Talty, Dan Brouder & Angelina Carberry, Ado Barker, Paudie O’Connor & Aoife O’Keefe, and many more. Ruairí currently teaches in St. Michael’s Holy Angels School for Children with Mild General Learning Disabilities and lives with his wife Jenny in Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath.

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