Artist Profiles: John McSherry

John McSherry

Uilleann piper John McSherry launched his career as the youngest-ever winner of Ireland’s senior Oireachtas piping competition, aged just eighteen. Since then, he has co-founded the leading Irish bands Tamalin and Lúnasa, and was a featured soloist in Donal Lunny’s illustrious Coolfin outfit, meanwhile developing an improvisational flair that has drawn comparisons to jazz legend John Coltrane.

Originally named after a duo album recorded with Michael McGoldrick, the At First Light line-up now finds McSherry partnered by Donal O’Connor (fiddle, keyboards), Tony Byrne (guitar, vocals) and Francis McIlduff (bodhran, uilleann pipes, whistles).


At First Light (Compass Records, 2002)
Tripswitch (Compass Records, 2006)
Soma (Compass Records, 2010)
Six Days in Down (Riverboat, 2010)
The Olllam (Compass Records, 2012)
Ulaid (Ulaid Music, 2015)
The Seven Suns (Compass Records, 2016)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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