Calum Morrison, hailing from Glasgow grew up listening to Traditional Scottish and Irish music. With strong musical roots from his family from Donegal he developed a keen interest in folk music and song from Ireland and around him in Scotland.
Calum is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's BA(Hons) Scottish Music degree. He became well-known in Glasgow's session scene for his dynamic yet rhythmic guitar playing. Since graduating Calum has toured across Europe, Australia, New Zealand and North America with various groups such as the National Theatre of Scotland and Celtic Legends. His guitar playing and singing has been influenced by the likes of Paul Brady, Dick Gaughan and Kris Drever. In addition to playing the guitar and singing, he also plays the banjo, tenor guitar, bodhran and Highland Bagpipes.
Calum retains ancient powers passed down through his ginger-haired lineage and is, therefore, without question the most handsome member of the band.
Karen Hickey grew up in Co Mayo. Starting tin whistle at the tender age of four, Karen never looked back and spent her childhood immersed in traditional fiddle music as well as studying classical violin, flute and piano to a high level with the royal Irish Academy of Music. Karen had much success at Fleadh Ceoil competitions and has many county, provincial and All Ireland medals for both solo and group competitions.
After studying primary teaching Karen spent four years teaching in Dublin where she in her spare time co-founded folk band The Young Folk. Karen then moved to Limerick to study in the prestigious Irish World Academy of Music at the University of Limerick where she graduated in 2013 with an MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance with 1st Class Honours. Since then Karen had been highly sought after and has been touring the world as full time fiddler with Celtic Legends. Karen made her debut tour of the United States in 2015 as guest musician with Full Set, appearing at the prestigious Milwaukee Irish Festival. Most recently Karen has been performing alongside Spanish folk star Carlos Nunez.
When she’s not playing music Karen is dreaming of Mayo winning the all-Ireland Gaelic football championship and bringing the ‘Sam Maguire’ cup home. She also follows the weather with a fierce passion.
Originally from a town called Glossop close to Manchester, Michael developed a passion for traditional Irish music at a very young age. With Manchester as a hub for learning Michael developed his flute playing heavily influenced and encouraged by the city's venerated and also lesser known talents in the Irish music tradition.
Michael moved to Limerick in 2005 where he completed a BA with Honours in Irish Music and Dance. During this time he gained exposure to many masters of the tradition that visited and gained a breadth of experiences with performance, cross-cultural exchanges, recording and composing. Since then Michael has travelled the world with various bands and touring shows to every continent on the globe. Whilst his craft is playing flute and whistles Michael is well known on the Irish session scene as a guitar accompanist and an exponent of the uncommonly used ‘Open D’ tuning. He works extensively with the incredibly popular touring production, “Celtic Legends” playing endless sellout shows across mainland Europe and Morrocco, Australia, Lebanon, South America and beyond.
Whilst on tour Michael loves to try and learn new languages, and if offered food of any variety feels he must show ultimate respect and learn to enjoy it's taste, even if he doesn't in the beginning!
Kieran Leonard is a drummer, percussionist and Bodhrán specialist from Enniskillen, Co.Fermanagh. He made his debut as an accredited soloist recording on Academy Award winning composer John Powell’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2” soundtrack.
Educated at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, Kieran graduated with a BMus and PgDip in Orchestral Percussion and Timpani whilst also studying Drums. He is very active on the London orchestral and session scene free-lancing regularly with the world renowned English National Opera as a percussionist. Other recent projects have taken Kieran to the USA as the drummer for ‘Goitse’ 7 piece, recordings with the National Folk Orchestra of Ireland (Drum kit), accompanying ‘Take That’ in the O2, London, Principal Percussion for NI Opera's world premiere of "The Belfast Opera" and Carlos Acosta Ballet Company residency in the Royal Albert Hall. He is proud to be a Protection Racket Artist, and is also thankful for the backing of Rob Forkner of Metloef Drums, and Gordon from Falconwood Tippers.
In his down time, he loves spending time with his family, listening to and playing Jazz, as well as keeping up to date with the latest sports action. Not to forget his avid following of the underground Ceilí band scene!