Paddy Callaghan Trio

A highlight of the 2014 Orkney Folk Festival Glasgow button accordionist Paddy Callaghan is a former BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year.

Common with many musicians from the west of Scotland, his family origins lie in Ireland, and so too do his artistic influences. Whilst it is undoubtedly the button accordion for which he is best known and highly regarded, having been a member of the St Roch’s (Irish Minstrels) branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann since the age of five, he is a skilled multi-instrumentalist, adept also on the tin whistle, harp and concertina.

Paddy served his time as a regular member of the St. Roch's Ceili Band for several years, teaching him great discipline, and a sense of timing and rhythm which only comes from the regular playing for dancers. Paddy continues to play with the band at competition level, winning the Comhaltas All Britain Senior Ceili band trophy in 2013 for a record eighth successive year.

Paddy has appeared at many prestigious events and festivals including the Shetland Folk Festival, Hebridean Celtic Festival, Jura Music Festival, MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Award, and Celtic Connections, and is a member of the National Folk Orchestra of Ireland. His trio continue to play throughout the UK, and since they last visited Orkney have toured Denmark twice, as well as Germany.

Such was the band's reception in 2014 that Paddy and Co. have been drafted back in just two years later, and this time almost exclusively for Stromness' pub sessions. He will be joined by Ryan Murphy (Mànran) on uilleann pipes, as well as long-time cohort Danny Boyle, on flute and whistles - and no doubt others also resident in Stromness for the weekend...