Portlaoise-born Colm has been playing Bodhrán and Ceili Band drums since childhood and has been a prominent contender in the All Ireland competition since his earliest years of playing both Bodhran and Drums; in fact Colm qualified for the All-Ireland finals in his very first year of playing. He is a winner of numerous titles down through the years with his proudest achievements being the first ever World Bodhrán Champion, in Miltown, Co Kerry in 2006 ,and in the same year winning the All Ireland in Letterkenny for the second year in succession. This back-to-back achievement was closely echoed in his unique multiple Ceili Band drum competition successes. An All Ireland winner on both Bodhran and Ceili Band drums is no mean feat.

Despite his young age, Colm is already an experienced teacher and performer and has studied Irish Music and Dance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. He was the first Bodhran player to graduate from the BA who has spent his entire four years studying the Bodhran as his main instrument. The University experience has quickened his pride in his Irish heritage and reinforced his desire to ground himself firmly within the tradition. To further this approach Colm has become involved in the design and development of the instrument to advance his expertise.

He is also a member of Goitse who are a flourishing, highly talented five piece band fast making a name for themselves as one of the most sought after bands amongst connoisseurs of Irish traditional music. Their fast paced energitic playing has seen them enjoying a growing fan base through show stopping performances in Ireland, America, Finland, Denmark and even Africa.   

The distinctive quality of their sound lies in the arrangement of well-known traditional tunes interspersed with their own compositions, which make each set entertaining and unique. The band adds their own distinctive contribution to their cultural inheritance with ease and style. Even with hints of continental playing and modern rhythms there remains the overwhelming presence of Irishness."They have a big musical imagination and are not afraid to tear at the edges of the trad envelope".--Irish Music Magazine.

Aine Mc Geeney, the fiddle player, is also a well known singer, with songs in the English and Irish language. Her sweet, charismatic voice draws audiences into the music a way very few performers can achieve. 

 Goitse's debut album which, was released in January 2010, has gained much praise from critics with Hotpress magazine assuring Irish traditional music lovers "They play with an easy assurance that should cause those fretting about the future of Irish trad to rest more easily at night."

He also has a new solo album out called Full Circle

Check out his website here

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