Gaelic Roots cast

The Cast

The O’Neill Sisters

The O’Neill Sisters comprise of three sensational singing sisters from Co. Kerry Ireland.

From walking red carpets with Tom Cruise, to singing for Hilary Clinton and the American troops, to singing for many heads of state and political dignitaries all over the world, from performing at the world famous Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles to taking the stage at the prestigious Orchard Hall Theatre in Tokyo. From hanging out in studios with Bruno Mars, to writing one of the Vanity Fair’s Oscar theme party songs, to winning an international award for their own original album. These sisters have achieved more musically than most people would aspire to in a lifetime.

Their Celtic heritage has always been at the forefront of their vocal. Their innate skill for three-part harmony is what has tied their exploration of sometimes-disparate genres together. The O’Neill Sisters have performed songs in English, Irish, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Latin, Japanese, and Sanskrit.

The sisters have toured the world tour as lead vocalists with Women Of Ireland where they got to display their harmonies on an international stage.


Tony O’Flaherty

Tony O’Flaherty is a multi-instrumentalist, well known in his native town of Killarney, as a musician, sound engineer, producer and studio owner. Tony is the musical director for the Gaelic Roots Live Show, and showcases his outstanding musical talent during the show by playing a variety of instruments.

He has toured with artists, such as Christy Hennessy and Liam O’Connor (Accordion) and has toured extensively throughout the US and Europe

He owns and runs ‘Sonas Recording Studio’. Recent clients include John Spillane (with whom he recorded the double-platinum album ‘Irish Songs We Learned at School), Mick Flannery, Frankie Gavin, Christy Moore, Ronnie Wood – Rolling Stones and Eddie Reader.

Tony also performs as part of successful band ARKLIGHT.

 

“Dancing with Michael Flatley was one of the highlights of my career, seeing the Gaelic Roots show come to life was the other.”

Kelly McDonnell, Gaelic Roots Creative Choreographer

 

Kelly McDonnell

Kelly Mc Donnell from Newport, Co. Tipperary started dancing at the age of 3 with The Fleming Ball Academy in Limerick. She went on to compete in Munster, All Ireland and World Championships. Once turned 16 Kelly turned professional and to this day has not looked back.

Throughout her professional career Kelly has performed all over the World in some of the most prestigious venues and famous stages in the World. She has performed in Croke Park to 80,000

Kelly has also worked with and been trained by MICHAEL FLATLEY

Kelly has been part of some of the leading Irish dance productions such as Celtic Tiger, Dance of Desire and MAGIC OF THE DANCE where she was lead dancer.

Kelly has performed for many A list stars such as Leonardio Di Caprio, Sharon Stone, Liam Neeson, Richard Gere, to name a few. She spent years touring Germany where she performed for The Berlin Film Festival. Kelly is a qualified TCRG and is also the creative director of the Gaelic Roots show.


Aisling Urwin – Harpist & Vocalist

Aisling is an unrivalled harpist and song writer from the seaside town of Kenmare in the South West of Ireland. She is also a beautiful vocalist with the voice of an angel.

She was immersed in music of varying genres from an early age, hence the broad range of influences in her original music, ranging from Jeff Buckley to Larla O Lionaird to Joni Mitchell. Aisling plays various styles on the Irish harp.

Aisling completed a degree in Music and Folklore in UCC in 2015.


Cillian O’Dalaigh – Flute & Guitar

Born in Hamburg Germany, to a German mother and an Irish father, Cillian O’Dálaigh has been surrounded by Irish music from day one. Cillian’s father played with Irish band, Cromlach and Cillian learned from him – and learned well. The family moved to Ireland when Cillian was 8 years of age and Irish music quickly became a major part of their family life.

Cillian has toured extensively in Ireland, Germany, France and the UK as both a guitarist and flute player. He has recently graduated with a BA in Irish Music and Dance from the University of Limerick.


Abel Benito – Drummer

Abel Benito is a professional drummer based in Ireland for the last 11 years.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance from Newpark Music Centre in 2009 and passed grade 8 with distinction from the Rockschool syllabus in 2010.

With more than 16 years of gigging and recording experience, Abel has performed with a variety of artists and bands in Ireland, USA, England, Italy, Austria and Spain.

He has been the touring drummer for the Irish show Women of Ireland, performing in Holland,Germany, USA, Canada, Switzerland and Italy.

From April 2016 he’s the drummer for the new eclectic Irish show Gaelic Roots based in Killarney.

Some of the artists he’s been working for include Mary Coughlan, Katherine Lynch, Eleanor McEvoy to name a few.


Brendan O’Sullivan – Fiddle

Brendan has been playing fiddle for 37 years, He has toured the world with several different established groups and is a former Riverdance Violinist.

Brendan’s has performed in such places as the Sydney Opera House, the National Concert Hall, The Ryder Cup as well as to over 160,000 people live.

Ever since childhood, Brendan’s influences have moulded and shaped his style of fiddle playing into one that is brave and contemporary, yet true to the past and where he came from.

He has recorded on over a dozen albums Brendan now lives in the Kingdom of Kerry, playing locally in the vibrant music scene there covering everything from Trad to Blues and beyond. He also teaches violin and guitar for students of all ages in the local community and even performs for the odd marriage proposal!
His debut solo album, ‘Took a Notion’ received rave reviews from the likes of John Creedon of RTE
 ‘Fashions come and go, but style is eternal’ they say. In that case, Took a Notion’ is an album with a shelf-life of infinity! – get it for your music shelf. I don’t expect it will gather too much dust’ – John Creedon