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  • Short Biography

    John McSherry has been a major figure in Irish music for almost 20 years. He is hailed as one of the finest exponents of the art of uilleann piping in the world today, described as ‘a true master’ by Irish Music Magazine.

    He is a composer, producer, arranger and established studio session musician of world renown, having recorded and performed with the likes of Sinéad O’Connor, Rod Stewart, Nanci Griffith, Gary Kemp, The Corrs and Clannad – gracing the latter’s Grammy award-winning album ‘Landmarks’.

    A founder member of top traditional music bands Lúnasa, Tamalin and Dónal Lunny’s Coolfin in the 1990s, John has subsequently produced a string of critically acclaimed and innovative albums, both solo and collaborative, as well as co-writing ‘The Wheels Of The World: 300 Years of Irish Uilleann Pipers’ (Jawbone Press, 2015), a benchmark publication in traditional music history and appreciation.

    2016 sees the release of John’s second solo outing, ‘The Seven Suns’. A concept album enticing the listener on a journey through some of the mysteries of Ireland’s ancient past, ‘The Seven Suns’ is full of stunning new compositions for Uilleann Pipes and low whistle.

    John McSherry continues to push the boundaries of Irish music while remaining passionate about its ancient heart, with his current bands John McSherry & The Soma Band, At First Light, Ulaid and The Olllam.

  • Long Biography

    John McSherry has been a major figure in Irish music for almost 20 years. Described by Irish Music Magazine as ‘a true master’, John is hailed as one of the finest exponents of the art of uilleann piping in the world today.

    Born in Belfast to a family steeped in traditional music, John focused his energies on the pipes from an early age. By 14, John had two All-Ireland Championship titles under his belt; in 1987 he became the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Oireachtas piping competition, going on to represent Ireland at that year’s Lorient Inter-Celtic Festival as a result.

    Combining with his three siblings, John formed the exciting and innovative band Tamalin, bringing their unique fusion of Irish, Rock, Eastern and Celtic music to enthusiastic audiences around the world. Their bold debut album Rhythm & Rhyme was released in 1996 to wide critical acclaim, including a four-star rating in Q Magazine.

    By the mid-1990s John was becoming very busy. As well as forming the dynamic Irish trad band Lúnasa, he joined Dónal Lunny’s supergroup Coolfin. Both bands released critically acclaimed albums and toured the world extensively. At the same time, John was becoming a session musician of world renown, hugely in demand to record and perform with all manner of artists, from Nanci Griffiths and Sinéad O’Connor to Gary Kemp and The Corrs. He also toured with Celtic ‘new age’ giants Clannad, and in 1997 his playing was featured on their Grammy award-winning album Landmarks. John’s piping has also featured in numerous film and TV soundtracks including Simon Schama’s A History of Britain, Waking Ned Devine and This Is My Father.

    In 2001 John teamed up with life-long musical comrade Michael McGoldrick on their joint album At First Light, which was named ‘Best Traditional Album of the Year’ in Irish American News. It was from touring this benchmark album that John’s ongoing band, also named At First Light, arose.

    John has subsequently produced a series of critically acclaimed albums, including Tripswitch with fiddle player Dónal O’Connor (described as ‘acoustic perfection’ in The Living Tradition) and his debut solo album Soma, which has been described as a masterpiece. Soma won an IMA award for ‘Best New Irish Album’ (2010). It mixed traditional music with John’s own compositions, many of which have now been recorded and performed by such notable musicians as Brian Finnegan, Michael McGoldrick and Dónal Lunny.

    In 2012, John teamed up with ace American musicians Tyler Duncan and Michael Shimmin to form another band, The Olllam. Their eponymous debut album was released in September that year. Mixing original compositions in the Irish style with rock, pop and jazz elements, John and The Olllam have taken Irish music down some startlingly new and exciting paths. Touring in both Europe and the States has brought this new music to enthusiastic audiences and a second album will appear in 2016.

    John’s most recent musical collaboration was revealed in October 2015 with the release of Ulaid and an extensive Irish tour. A trio comprising John with long-time At First Light associate Dónal O’Connor (fiddle) and ace guitarist Sean Óg Graham, from Beoga, the project has been described as ‘an outstanding amalgamation of antique and contemporary’ (Folkwords).

    Autumn 2015 also saw John’s debut as an author. The Wheels Of The World: 300 Years of Irish Uilleann Pipers (Jawbone Press), co-written with Colin Harper, received a five-star review in Songlines and has been widely acclaimed as an essential work in the literature of Irish traditional music.

    2016 sees the release of John’s second solo outing, ‘The Seven Suns’. A concept album enticing the listener on a journey through some of the mysteries of Ireland’s ancient past, ‘The Seven Suns’ is full of stunning new compositions for Uilleann Pipes and low whistle.

    John continues to push the boundaries of Irish music with his current bands John McSherry & The Soma Band, At First Light, Ulaid and The Olllam.

  • Press Release

    ‘The Seven Suns’ – The new solo album from John McSherry

    ‘The Seven Suns’ is a concept album, enticing the listener on a journey through some of the mysteries of Ireland’s ancient past, full of stunning, new compositions for Uilleann Pipes and low whistle.


    The importance of Western Europe’s megalithic civilisation and its influence on the Ancient World may have been overlooked by historians. Ireland may have held special significance — a sacred island, an astronomical temple, the spiritual centre of Europe’s Neolithic people.

    John McSherry’s second solo outing, ‘The Seven Suns’, is a musical journey into the heart of ancient Ireland, richly inlaid with elements both personal and national, mundane and mythical.

    Full of original and exciting new compositions by McSherry and featuring musicians such as Sean Óg Graham, Mike McGoldrick and Niamh Dunne, the album explores Ireland from a global perspective, its key place in the ancient world, and the knowledge, wisdom and preoccupations of the people that inhabited it. Featuring pristine production, innovative arrangements, and masterful musicianship, ‘The Seven Suns’ is more than just a follow-up to the award-winning debut, ‘Soma’ – it surpasses it.

    John McSherry has been a major figure in Irish music for almost 20 years. He is hailed as one of the finest exponents of the art of Uilleann piping in the world today, described as “a true master” by Irish Music Magazine.

    He is a composer, producer, arranger and established studio session musician of world renown, having recorded and performed with the likes of Sinéad O’Connor, Rod Stewart, Nanci Griffith, Gary Kemp, The Corrs and Clannad – gracing the latter’s Grammy award-winning album, ‘Landmarks’.

    A founder member of top traditional music bands Lúnasa, Tamalin and Dónal Lunny’s ‘Coolfin’ in the 1990s, John has subsequently produced a string of critically acclaimed and innovative albums, both solo and collaborative, as well as co-writing ‘The Wheels Of The World: 300 Years of Irish Uilleann Pipers’ (Jawbone Press, 2015), a benchmark publication in traditional music history and appreciation.

    John McSherry continues to push the boundaries of Irish music while remaining passionate about its ancient heart, with his current bands The Soma Band, At First Light, Ulaid and The Olllam.

    ‘The Seven Suns’ is available now at johnmcsherry.com and at compassrecords.com.


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