279 E. 236th St
9 Robin Street
Pearl River, NY
Erin Loughran- Fiddle, Tin Whistle, Banjo
Seagda Coyle - Button Accordion
Gerry Enright- Bodhran
Brendan Fahey- Drums
Pamela Geraghty- Song
Blaithin Loughran- Button Accordion, Tin Whistle
Neidin Loughran- Tin Whistle,
Emily McShane - Keyboard
Jerry O'Sullivan - Uilleann Pipes
Fiona Staunton- Whistle, Flute
John Walsh- Guitar
Fiona Staunton - Teacher
- Has played the tin whistle since 2005 & plays the flute.
- Prize winning performances with the Martin O'Grady and Woodlawn House of Irish Music Ceili Bands and Groupa Cheoils in U-12, U-15, and U-18 levels & at the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh.
- Teaches kids of all ages and experience levels
- Ever since a young age, music has been a large part of Fiona's life and she enjoys spreading the tradition to younger players
John Walsh - Teacher
- Born in The Bronx & spent part of his childhood in Kilkenny.
- Has played the guitar for most of his life
- John’s debut album- “aon dó trí” is a CD of traditional tunes, transferred to guitar along with songs and original works.
- Teaches guitar to children in Woodlawn and Pearl River
Séagda Coyle - Teacher
- Button accordionist since 7 years of age
- Winner of multiple Gold Medals at the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh Cheoils
- Séagda has accompanied many greats in traditional music such as Brian Conway, Gabriel Donoghue, Deirdre Connolly, Jamesons Revenge & Broken Banjo Strings
Erin Loughran - Teacher, TTCT
"Multiple All Ireland Medalist on Fiddle, Erin Loughran, comes from a very musical family and a long line of Irish Music and Dance teachers. Erin graduated from the University of Limerick in 2010 with an Honors Music Degree. While in Ireland, Erin taught music in National Schools as part of the Comhaltas Schools Outreach. Erin performed for former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese at her home in Dublin on St. Patrick's Day of 2009. Erin has performed on stage with the Chieftans, Paul Brady, Joanie Madden, Cathal Hayden, Martin O'Connor and Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and many more.
Since returning from Ireland, Erin has opened up her own school of Irish Music with two locations in the Bronx and Rockland County. Erin and her students, known as "The New York Ceili Band" travel to the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Ireland every August to represent New York. Along with her musical mother, Margie Mulvihill, the duo brings over 75 children annually from New York to Ireland to compete in Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann.
Erin was the 2011 New York Rose of Tralee and the Aisling Irish Center Award Recipient in 2011, for her contribution to the preservation of Irish Culture in her Community. In 2013, Erin obtained the TTCT Diploma, identifying her as one of the premier teachers of traditional music. Erin and her students travel to the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil every August to represent New York in both underage and senior age categories. Erin has volunteered her time with many charities including, Concern, GOAL, HOPe, Pieta House, Lukemia & Lymphoma Society and many more. You can find Erin and her students performing at many benefits, charity events and functions around the tri state area."
THE STAFF OF THE ERIN LOUGHRAN SCHOOL OF IRISH MUSIC & ARTS
Pamela Geraghty - Teacher
- Specializes in the art of Sean-nós (old style) & traditional singing
- 10 time Mid-Atlantic Champion & Ladies Senior Singing champion.Has worked with some of the greats including Deirdre Scanlon, Seamus Mac Mathuna, Paddy & John Tunney
- Studied the button accordion since she was 8, learning from the great Patty Furlong,
- Plays guitar since 15, learning from Cherish the Ladies' Mary Coogan.
- Attending scoil eigse for many years, competing in All- Ireland Fleadhs and indulging in the tradition has allowed Pamela to collect hundreds of songs which she would love to pass down to the next generation.
Erin Loughran School of Irish Music & Arts
Emily McShane - Teacher
- Emily McShane is 21 years old, was born and raised in Pearl River New York, and is currently a student at Manhattan College studying Elementary/ Special Education and in the five year masters program of Special Education.
- She has been surrounded by music all her life. Along with her mother, who plays the fiddle, and all three of her sisters, Emily has grown up Irish dancing and playing music. Emily started playing the piano when she was about five years old.
- She has competed in the Fleadh Cheoils in both New York and Ireland for many years and has attended many sessiuns; her favorite being the Welcome In session in Forkhill, Co. Armagh.
- Placing third in the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil piano competition U15 is one of Emily’s most cherished moments. Singing has also always been a love and passion of Emily’s.
- More recently, Emily has learned to play the bodhran and guitar with Girsa, taking guitar lessons from the wonderful Mary Coogan of Cherish the Ladies.
Cheryl Ann McCullagh - Teacher
- Cheryl Ann is a 23 year old singer and actress from Queens, New York. She has strong Irish roots, with both her parents hailing from County Tyrone. Her mother is from a little town called Plumbridge and her father comes from a neighboring town in County Tyrone called Cranagh.
- She attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia Performing Arts High School also known as The Fame School where she studied voice. Cheryl Ann has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Aaron Copland School of Music with her concentration being in voice and choral studies. She was featured on the RTE television program The Voice of Ireland and The Glee Project.
- She is the new lead singer of The New York Show Band a premier irish wedding and events band based in New York City and has performed with them on The All Star Irish Cruise. She has also performed in many musicals in NYC as well; her most recent role being the lead role of Jenny in The Threepenny Opera.
- She hopes to continue performing and plans to audition for various performing opportunities that come her way. Cheryl Ann eventually would like to share her passion of the arts as a music educator or as a talent agent/casting director in the future. Music plays a very important role in Cheryl Ann's life.
- She is proud that her Irish culture has such an appreciation and understanding of the arts. She is grateful to be gifted with her talents and has her Irish roots to thank for that.