A founding member of the group Seachtar, which became The Bothy Band, Paddy Glackin has released several influential albums, including Glackin (1977), Doublin’ with Paddy Keenan (1978), Hidden Ground with Jolyn Jackson (1980), the solo album In Full Spate (1991), and Séidean Sí with Robbie Hannan (1995). He also regularly performs in a duet with Dónal Lunny and with the band Usher’s Island (Andy Irvine, Mike McGoldrick, John Doyle, Lunny and Glackin) . Born and raised in Dublin, Paddy has been greatly influenced by the fiddle playing of John Doherty and other exponents of Donegal fiddle music and he is also greatly interested in the music of West Clare and Sliabh Luachra. Well known as a broadcaster, Paddy is also a former presenter of the radio programme The Long Note and the television programme The Pure Drop. He also held a number of senior management roles in RTÉ and is currently a member of the Arts Council.
Robbie Hannan was born in Belfast and raised in the nearby town of Holywood, Co Down. The piping of Séamus Ennis, Willie Clancy and Tommy Reck made a huge impression on him. His recordings include two solo albums and a duet album with the Dublin fiddle player Paddy Glackin. A graduate of Queen's University, Belfast, where he studied Celtic Languages and Literature and Law, he presented The Long Note on RTÉ Radio in 1984-5 and has presented a number of traditional music series on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and BBC Radio Ulster. He was chairman of Na Píobairí Uilleann from 2006 until 2010. Since taking early retirement from the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum last year, where he was Head of Folklife and Agriculture, Robbie is currently a PhD student at Queen’s University, Belfast carrying out research on the sociolinguistic influence RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta has had on native Irish speakers in the Gaeltacht.