Kieran Hanrahan

Kieran HanrahanKieran Hanrahan was born in Ennis, Co. Clare in 1957. At the age of fourteen he took an interest in the Tenor Banjo and took to it like few others had before him. Within 4 years he had become All Ireland champion and since then he has pioneered the instrument in Irish traditional music. Kieran is now one of the most respected tenor banjo players in Irish traditional music.

Kieran Hanrahan is a founder member of the short-lived but highly acclaimed traditional group Inchiquin which he formed in the late 70’s with Concertina player Noel Hill, Fiddler Tony Linnane and Guitarist Tony Callanan. After that he formed the hugely successful Stockton’s Wing who toured the world with their own unique brand of Traditional music in the 80’s and early 90’s. He founded the highly acclaimed Templehouse Ceili Band in 1988 and they were much sought after to perform in Moscow, Milwalkee and Paris in the ten years he played with them.

Kieran recorded many albums and CDs with Inchiquin, the Templehouse and Stockton’s Wing and he has played on three film soundtracks with the Chieftains and recorded with them on their Grammy Award winning CD The Long Black Veil. He co-arranged and performed the traditional music in the Jim Sheridan movie The Field. More recently he arranged the traditional music and played in the Aidan Quinn movie This is my Father. (He was the Band Leader on screen). Kieran recorded again with Tommy Hayes on his first solo CD An Rás. He has recorded with Ronnie Drew and with French Singer Gilles Servat.

The Irish Tenor Banjo is the title of Kieran’s solo recording and is widely regarded as one of the great albums of Tenor Banjo music. Many festivals throughout Ireland, France and the US have sought Kieran to perform and give master classes. He has also taught in the University of Limerick and Boston College.

Since 1991 Kieran is known widely as the traditional music broadcaster with RTE radio, having presented such shows as The Fleadh Club, Both Sides Now and, in recent years, Ceili House. As well as presenting the the flagship traditional music programme for RTE Kieran is also involved in extensive research in the RTE Radio Archives for RTE's innovative Radio Online project Ceolnet.

Kieran is a member of the Music Board of Ireland.