JOURNEYWORK is a traditional band featuring the visceral songs and delicate guitar of Ruairi Hurley, the robust flute playing of Brian Holleran, and the perspicacious piping of Brian Bigley.
UPCOMING JOURNEYWORK SHOWS
RUAIRI HURLEY - GUITAR & VOCALS
Ruairi Hurley, guitar and vocals.
BRIAN HOLLERAN - Irish flute
Brian Holleran grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey in an Irish family. His interest in Traditional Irish Music was first piqued at the age of twelve after listening to the session recording, Music at Matt Molloy's and later with his father's trad vinyl collection.
His mother found him initial tin whistle lessons with Maura Vesey and finally flute lessons with Mike Rafferty of Ballinakill, East County Galway. Mike taught Brian the bulk of his music and would become Brian's biggest influence and source of encouragement. In addition to many tunes, Mike also taught Brian about the many musicians who came out of East Galway and the distinctive traits of that regional style. Brian was also influenced by Willie Kelly and Patrick Ourceau, two of the greatest exponents of Traditional Irish Fiddle Playing in the United States. They shared a love and common respect for the music Mike played as well as the music of Jack Coen who would also later influence Brian's playing. In addition to these four men, Brian has also found inspiration in recordings of Joe Cooley, Bobby Casey, and Matt Molloy.
He has taught at the Chris Langan weekend in Toronto and at Irish Week at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, West Virginia.
BRIAN BIGLEY - UILLEANN PIPES, IRISH FLUTE, WHISTLES AND TRADITIONAL IRISH DANCE
Brian Bigley has studied the Irish Uilleann pipes for nearly 25 years as a player, as well as a maker, of the instrument. He has toured North America and Europe extensively as both a musician and a dancer, appearing in shows such as Tomàseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas, the Omaha Symphony's Celtic Journey, and the Apollo's Fire Countryside Concert Series. In 2002 and 2003 Brian competed with great distinction at the World Irish Dance Championships held in Glasgow and Killarney. He has recently released his fourth recording of traditional Irish music Dance the Town Green in conjunction with the New York School of Irish Dance.
Brian now lives near Cleveland, Ohio, with his fiddler wife, Kristen, and their dancing children, James and Kathleen.
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