Paddy Callaghan Trio

A highlight of the 2014 and 2016 Orkney Folk Festivals, Glasgow button accordionist Paddy Callaghan is back with his trio, joined by long-time cohorts Danny Boyle, on flute and whistles, and Adam Brown (RURA, Ímar) on guitar and bodhran.

A former BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, Paddy's 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. He has since appeared at many prestigious events and festivals including the Shetland Folk Festival, Hebridean Celtic Festival, MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, and Celtic Connections.