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Hawk's Well Theatre

Tiernan Courell, Rory Matheson and Craig Baxter


Wed 2 Aug, 2023,
Date Wed 2 Aug, 2023, 1:10pm
Location Hawk's Well Theatre
One man with a flute flanked by two other smiling men.

Tiernan Courell is an Irish flute and whistle player, originally from Sligo but now based in Scotland. In 2016, Tiernan moved to Glasgow to study Traditional music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Tiernan was exposed to some of traditional music’s best young musicians during this time.

In January 2017, he and his closest University friends, including Rory and Craig, launched the band TRIP. Since its formation, TRIP has played at festivals such as Celtic Connections, Sligo Live, Belfast Winter Trad fest, Viljandi Folk Music Festival, Orkney Folk Fest, HebCelt and many more. In January 2022, TRIP released their debut album A Drop for Neptune, which received high acclaim. They continue to ride their upward trajectory by gigging and creating new music together.

Tiernan has a thriving solo career as well as been involved in many successful collaborative projects. In 2017, Tiernan won the prestigious All Ireland Senior Flute competition at the Fleadh Cheoil and since then has released a debut EP titled, ‘How’s About Now?’. The EP comprises of a mixture of Tiernan’s compositions and traditional tunes, which he has gathered throughout the years. Since the release of his EP at the world-famous festival Piping Live!, Tiernan continues to gig and write music of his own.

Assynt born piano player, BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year Finalist Rory Matheson grew up playing the accordion. Turning to the piano during his teenage years he found he had an innate passion for accompaniment.

His style is heavily influenced by the music of the Highlands and islands, with elements of jazz and blues also influencing his approach to traditional music, creating a powerful and sympathetic rhythm player. He has performed and recorded with other artists including The Madeleine Stewart Trio, Hannah Rarity, FARA and Gary Innes.

Craig Baxter
is a pipe band snare drummer and percussionist from Menstrie, Clackmannanshire. He took up drumming age 9, initially taught by Steven Nelson and then Scott Birrell at his local pipe band, the Royal Burgh of Stirling. Since moving to Glasgow in 2017, Craig has moved his focus from snare drum to bodhran. His prior knowledge of pipe band percussion and rhythm has allowed him to develop a unique style and approach to playing the bodhran.”

As well as being a founding member of the band, TRIP, and a graduate of the Traditional Music degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Craig has also performed with artists like Finlay Macdonald, Brighde Chaimbeul and Gnoss.


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