In 2008 Philippe graduated from the University of Limerick with an MA – First Class Honours in Irish Traditional Music Performance. Since then he has toured all over Europe & America playing guitar & flute with the David Munnelly Band, toured Ireland & the UK with London Irish group Crossharbour and headlined the National Celtic Festival in Australia with his Celtic Jazz Funk group All Jigged Out.
Philippe’s recent TV appearances include: ITV “National TV Awards 2015” (with Pixie Lott & The Proclaimers), BBC1 “This Week”, ITV “The Royal Variety Performance” (with Bryn Turfel & Only Men Aloud), “Classical Brit Awards” (with Amy Dickson, classic brit winner & London Chamber Orchestera), TG4 “Feilte” (with Crossharbour), E4 “Made in Chelsea”, BBC2 “Great British Menu Final”, ITV “Britain’s Got Talent” (with Paul Potts Orchestra), MTV “5-star” (with Shakira), ITV “Celebrity Stars in their Eyes (with Mark Radcliff), BBC Scotland “Regional News”, Channel 4 “Gok Wan’s Fashion Fix” & “Des & Mel” (with Roger Wittaker).
His recent recording credits include: Flutes & whistles on the feature films “The Imposter”, “Dark Horse”, “Fraternity”, “The Funeral” & “Body in the Park : Documentaries for BBC Natural World, The Discovery Chanel & ITV : BBC Radio’s 2, 3, 4, 5 & Classic FM : Amy Dickson, Dizraeli & The Small Gods, Syd Arthur, 1916 The Musical, Lee Westwood, Attab Haddad, Crossharbour, Franc O’Shea, Philippe Barnes & Tom Phelan, Kirsty Bromley.
Three-time runner up in the BBC Young Folk Awards, Philippe has performed with Pixie Lott, The Proclaimers, Amy Dixon, The London Chamber Orchestra, Bryn Turfel, Only Men Aloud, Flook!, The Irish Folk Ballet Co. (Tribute to Riverdance) Mike McGoldrick, Alkimia, Moose, McDermotts Two Hours, Legacy, Richard Durrant, Emma Sweeney, Lulo Reinhardt, Geoff Smith & more…
“breathtaking” – Mojo
“phenomenal technique…” – London Folk
“I’ve heard nobody else who can make the Boehm flute sound like the true traditional thing, who can mould tone to fit the tune so nicely… the sheer musicality is exceptionally impressive…” – John Brophy, Irish Music Magazine
“sublime” – Rock n Reel
Photo: Lieve Boussauw
Mike started learning the piano and trumpet at the age of 6 and spent most of his early professional music life as an orchestral trumpeter and, when needed, a percussionist, studying at the Royal College of Music.
A change of direction saw him studying classical singing and opera at Trinity College of Music from where he graduated in 2005 and completed a Postgrad Diploma in 2006.
Mike now performs mainly as a Baritone soloist in the South of England as well as various theatre pit-band appearances on the piano.
He is a member of the prestigious choir at the Royal Hospital Chelsea and has had the privilege of working with some of the world’s finest conductors and performing in most of the main concert venues in the country and across Europe.
Ian’s percussive and rhythmic style of playing fuses the rhythm section of the band with the melody instruments to create a dynamic sound.
Ian began to play the piano at the age of five. Throughout his youth he studied the drums and became proficient on the guitar and bass guitar.
Enjoying the versatility of being a multi-instrumentalist, Ian has adopted techniques from playing with musicians of a high standard and has had the privilege to perform at some of the countries most prestigious venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Halls, and The Fairfield Halls among other recognised theatres and music venues in the UK.
He has produced albums for such artists as the acclaimed Swedish singer “Annika” and classical guitarist Paul Gregory.
Ian is available as a solo pianist as the perfect complement to your meal.