Michael Walsh
United Kingdom
Influences: West European
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About: Liz Hanley & Michael Walsh Recording for RTE Ceili House (National Irish Radio)
Born and raised in Manchester, England I grew up learning Sligo style flute playing from Marian Egan & Tony Ryan.

I am currently working on recording my solo album with Michael McGoldrick over in Manchester and Tom Wright (Nancy Kerr Band, Albion Band) in Sheffield, guests include Liz Hanks on Cello (Theo Gilmore Band), Michael McGoldrick on Guitar/ Pipes/ Drones, Kepa Junkera on Accordions, Josep-Maria Ribelles from Catalunya on harp Simon Bradley from Asturian folk legends Llan de Cubel on fiddle and a new composition from the incredible Manchester perfomance poet Mike Garry.

In 2016 I was a finalist in the prestigious Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal Competition in Cork.

I am a former All Britain Senior Flute Champion, play with the Leeds Céilí Band and have performed across Europe and in The United States with Trad Irish Groups, Céilí Bands and Theatre Productions as well as being featured on the Soundtrack to ‘The Irish Empire’ TV Series Commissioned by Radio Telefís Eireann/BBC Northern Ireland/SBS AUSTRALIA.

In the last couple of years I have been delighted to perform, tutor and lecture at The University of Sheffield, Not Quite Light, Whitby Folk Week, Trip to Birmingham Trad Fest and The Leeds Irish Gathering as well as working on my PhD: “A ‘Celtic’ or ‘National’ Aesthetic? Flute Playing in the Contemporary Asturian Folk Scene”.