Button accordion player John Cronin comes from Glenamuckla, Co. Cork but has been living in Midleton since the 1970s. Growing up surrounded by many of the now famous names of the Sliabh Luachra musical tradition, he was greatly influenced by Denis Doody, Johnny O'Leary and Jackie Daly, as well as his own father, fiddler player DD Cronin. John has appeared on radio and television but has not previously recorded commercially. He plays the C#/D system accordion and has a great store of tunes, particularly polkas and slides from his native area.
Banjo and mandolin player Dr Daithí Kearney has toured regularly as a musician, singer and dancer with a number of groups including Siamsa Tíre, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland and was Artistic Director of the The Cork International Folk Dance Festival 2005. An All-Ireland champion musician, he has recorded with a number of ensembles including the band Nuada and performed for President Obama in The White House in 2009. He is an examiner with London College of Music, adjudicator with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and regularly gives masterclasses on Irish traditional music. His research interests include the negotiation, mediation and construction of identities through music and the relationship between music and place. He currently lectures in music at Dundalk Institute of Technology.