Box player, Murty Ryan, grew up in County Tipperary and in the early 90’s moved to Ennis where he now works as a full time musician and music teacher. He made a much loved duet album Time on our Hands with fiddle player Siobhan Peoples in 2002. Murty will be joined by his niece, Aoibheann Fitzpatrick, a fantastic concertina player from Newport, County Tipperary for this event.
Cyril Van Ginneken is an award-winning young pianist and composer who started his piano studies at the Montpellier Conservatory at the age of seven.
Originally from a working-class neighbourhood, he benefitted from a French children’s social assistance program to enable him to pursue his studies which have led him to perform all over Europe both as a soloist and in chamber music groups. A seasoned festival performer he has also performed in prestigious halls such as the National Archives and the Petit Palais in Paris, the Franz Liszt Hall and the Victoria Hall in Geneva, and the Musikgymnasium in Berlin, and Munich among others.
After graduate studies in science, he joined the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève in the class of Sylviane Deferne, then Ricardo Castro in a concert master’s degree. He also spent a year perfecting his conducting skills at the Scuola Di Musica Fiesole in Florence, Italy.
In 2017 he was spotted by director David Delayat who invited him to compose his first soundtrack for the film Birth of a Hero: interlude. At the age of 21, he became the youngest French composer to have his music recorded by the Orchestre National de Montpellier and the film was awarded Best Fantasy film of the year at the New York Movies Awards. Out of music, Cyril is also a firefighter in Lyon, and in June 2021 he completed a rowing crossing of the Mediterranean with three other challengers to promote the preservation of marine environments.
Anne Rynne is a singer of songs and a member of a ‘singing’ family (a Moore from Kildare!) and was always very shy when asked to sing, so much so that for most of her life she didn’t really sing. That is until 2012 when she ‘got over herself’, learned how to play guitar and learned some new songs, and now she can’t stop singing and playing and now writing songs.