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Patrick Cummins

Patrick Cummins began playing music on mandolin at nine years of age and started taking music seriously in secondary school when he took up the tenor banjo. He studied at University of Limerick and completed his degree with first class honours in 2013 (BA Irish Music & Dance). That same year he co-founded the Irish traditional group Skipper's Alley and remained with them for four years. They released a critically acclaimed album and have performed in the US, Canada, India, Zambia and various places throughout Europe.
In 2016, along with Ultan O'Brien and John Flynn of Skipper's Alley, Patrick formed a trio called Curlew (Formerly known as Once There Was A King). They are an experimental, instrumental group with traditional Irish influences. Much of their music is improvised.
As well as performing, Patrick also has a strong reputation as a teacher thanks, in no small capacity, to his work with the Online Academy of Irish Music. His musical interests stretch beyond Irish traditional music to jazz, country and electronic music and currently he is focusing on learning bluegrass music on mandolin.
On the 9th September, Patrick will be teaming up with Hajime Takahashi and Ultan O'Brien for a brand new project, put together specially for the Dunderry 20th Anniversary Celebrations.