About The Boruma Trio


The Boruma Trio is a musical collaboration that unites the two stylistically contrasting musical traditions of East Clare and North Tipperary. It features fiddler Eileen O' Brien from North Tipperary, accordion player Andrew MacNamara from East Clare and the piano and tin whistle skills of Dr. Geraldine Cotter from Ennis. The Boruma Trio derives its name from Brian Boru High King of Ireland, who was born at the Fort of Kincora, also known as "Béal Boruma

The Boruma Trio represent the very best of East Clare and North Tipperary music combined.

Andrew McNamara, (C#/D Button Accordion), Eileen O’Brien, (Fiddle/Vocals) and Geraldine Cotter, (Piano/ Whistle) .have come together to form “The Boruma Trio.” As individual musicians, the talent, innovation and creativity that they each display in their playing styles are inspirational and exciting. The tradition in their respective musical backgrounds is apparent in every note that they play. This tradition is also represented by the repertoire chosen by them. There are compositions by Eileen’s late father Paddy O’Brien, tunes handed down to Andrew by local musicians Joe Bane and Bill O Malley who lived near Feakle in Co. Clare and some old favourites from the standard traditional repertoire. This repertoire is also enhanced by the groups expertise on slow airs. Andrew and Eileen are a formidable force as a fiddle/ accordion duet. Geraldine’s empathic, subtle, rhythmic piano accompaniment completes the musical equation. The mutual respect that these three musicians hold for one another is apparent to the listener in every note that is played.

Andrew hails of course from Tulla, Co. Clare. and learned a lot of his music from non commercial recordings of local musicians made by his father in the early Seventies . He has recorded two solo albums to date, “Dawn” and “No Compromise”. Andrew has also recorded with his sister Mary MacNamara (Concertina) on the album “Open Hearth”, with Orla Harrington and Jim Higgins on “Flagstone Memories” and two wonderfully live albums with his band “The Lahawns” “Live at Winkles “and “Live at Lena’s”. He played with a number of bands over the years including “Skylark” whom he recorded one album with and also with“The Tulla Ceili Band”. Contact: www.andrewmacnamara.com.

Eileen hails from Newtown, Nenagh in Co. Tipperary. She is daughter of the late Paddy O’Brien accordionist and composer. Eileen also composes music. She has recorded three solo albums to date, “Newtown Bridge”, “the Fiddler’s Choice” and “Aon le hAon”. She has produced two publications, “The Compositions of Paddy O’Brien” and “The Definitive Collection of the Music of Paddy O’Brien”. Eileen learned her music from her father Paddy and grandfather Dinny. Eileen is a teacher at the I.W.A.M.D, University of Limerick. Eileen also played with a number of bands over the years including “The Ormond Ceili Band”, “Duharra” and “The Maineastreach Ceili Band” Contact: www.paddyobrienbook.com

Dr. Geraldine Cotter from Ennis, Co. Clare is one of the most highly respected accompanists of her generation. Geraldine has recorded with artists of the calibre of Peadar O’Loughlin, Paddy Canny, Maeve Donnelly, Eamon Cotter, Shaskeen and many more. Her solo album “Piano +” was received to great acclaim. She has published two tutors for both piano and tin-whistle, “Rogha” and “Seinn an Piano”. Geraldine is an inspitational teacher She taught in the University of Limerick for over ten years and is currently a lecturer on music education in Mary Imaculate College Limerick. She also teaches at the Willie Clancy Summer School and is a regular teacher at festivals and events on the Irish traditional music circuit.. Contact: geraldinecotter.ennis@eircom.net

The Boruma Trio represent the very best of East Clare and North Tipperary music combined.

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