Sorcha Costello @ TradFest Temple Bar
Awarded with the prestigious Gradam Ceoil TG4 Young Musician of the Year 2021, Sorcha Costello is a traditional Irish fiddle player from Tulla Co. Clare and hails from a family emerged in traditional Irish music. She performs mainly as a solo artist but is also part of other musical collaborations which includes a duet with her mother, Mary MacNamara. Sorcha is also a member of ‘The Provenance’, which is a fiddle group led by Frankie Gavin. While Sorcha’s style of fiddle playing is rooted in East Clare, she has been strongly influenced by musicians such as Frankie Gavin, Brian Rooney, and Tommy Potts. From a young age, Sorcha has enjoyed performing nationally and internationally. She is also in high demand as a teacher of music, especially in her home area of East Clare because of her ability to transmit her unique style which has the trademark rhythm and swing qualities of generations of her family. The 2016 duet album “The Lady’s Cup of Tea” released by Sorcha and Mary captures this trademark ‘rhythm’ and ‘swing’ of East Clare music. Sorcha has a BA in Music and English from University College Cork and a Masters in Music Therapy from University of Limerick. She is now practising as a qualified Music Therapist but also continues to perform and teach traditional music.