Ultan O’Brien

Instruments: Composers

Ultan O’Brien is a is a fiddle player, violist and composer hailing from County Clare drawing from a
rich background in traditional Irish music and improvised music. In 2020 Ultan was named of the
Contemporary Music Centre’s Emerging Composers. Ultan records, performs and tours traditional
and contemporary Irish music as a soloist & with a number of groups/ bands including:

Irish/Finnish folk group, Slow Moving Clouds, Irish folk band Skipper’s Alley, Scottish/Irish/
Manx collaboration Aon Teanga:Un Çhengey and duos with Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin and Nic
Gareiss.


Most recently, Ultan and Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin released an album, Solas an Lae, on the Scottish
label Watercolour Music which was awarded Best Folk Album at the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards
2021. Ultan plays a Michiel de Hoog violin thanks to the support of the Music Capital Scheme and
the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Music Network and The Arts council.

Ultan O'Brien
Arts Council 70
Crespo Foundation
Fáilte Ireland
Wild Atlantic Way
Cork County Council
Pure Cork
RTE Lyric FM
Maritime Hotel