Oisin Mac Diarmada, a traditional musician who hail’s from Coolaney in County Sligo is often considered to be one of the most talented fiddlers in Ireland today.
The young Sligo-style fiddler Oisin Mac Diarmada is the fiddler and founder of Teada, an Irish traditional band, dubbed “one of the most exciting traditional groups to emerge in recent years”.
Mac Diarmada‘s Sligo fiddling embraces the “Pure traditional fiddling, raw and unadorned and all the better for it” and has a “lonesome magnificence” that only the best Sligo fiddlers ever achieve.
In 2001, Oisin Mac Diarmada co-founded the traditional Irish band Teada, which translates to “strings” with Monaghan native Sean McElwain (banjo and bouzouki), County Laois‘s Paul Finn (accordion), Dubliner Tristan Rosenstock (bodhran) and John Blake rounded out the group.
John Blake left the group in 2005 and was replaced by Sligo flautist Damien Stenson.
Mac Diarmada described the creation of Teada as “really a very organic process… we wanted to capture some of that rawness and individuality of the solo artist within the dynamic of a full band”
A graduate of Trinity College in Dublin with a degree in Music Education, Oisin Mac Diarmada has released several recordings, including acclaimed solo Ar an bhFidil on Green Linnet in 2003 and four with Teada. In 2001, he founded Ceol Productions , a management, booking, and consultancy agency for traditional Irish artists.