Chulrua (cool-ROO-ah) translates as “red back” and was the name of the favorite wolfhound of ancient Irish hero Fionn MacCumhaill. It is also the name of an internationally acclaimed trio of traditional Irish musicians: Paddy O’Brien on button accordion; Tim Britton on Uilleann pipes, flute, and whistle; and Pat Egan on guitar and vocals.

The music these three play is the old instrumental dance music of Ireland: jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas, and slides. Button accordion icon O’Brien received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to record and annotate 500 dance tunes and is revered by aficionados worldwide. Britton, a virtuoso on the rare Uilleann (ILL-an) pipes as well as wooden flute and tin whistle, is a veteran of 25 years of performing with the best Irish musicians in America, having appeared on more than two dozen recordings. And Egan has been developing his own powerfully emotive style of guitar accompaniment and vocal delivery for more than 20 years.

All three band members have established considerable reputations on their own. When they bring their collective mastery of Irish music and song together as Chulrua, the result is unparalleled, providing a concert experience of the highest caliber.

This artist appears in Jubilee #410: Northern Kentucky Brotherhood/Chulrua.