Holly Geraghty and Jonathan Roche have been playing together since 2001 when, as students in University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology they struck up a friendship through music which has flourished over the years.
While frequenting the weekly UCC student session at an Spailpin Fanach and indeed various sessions in the Cork/Kerry region, Holly and Jonathan uncovered a musical affiliation which kindled the formation of this dynamic duo.
2005 marked the inception of Ceolmhar, when Holly and Jonathan performed a collection of Holly’s newly composed Irish traditional dance tunes and airs as part of her major study option in composition and performance at UCC. Positive feedback infused with prompts to record eventually provoked Holly and Jonathan to begin recording this material in early 2007. Rich in reed sound, this recording presents to you a mixture of old and newly composed Irish traditional dance tunes and airs delicately woven together by intricate accompaniment provided by Matt Griffin (guitar) and Stephen Markham. We hope you enjoy the fruits of our endeavors.
Jonathan Roche hails from Brosna, a small parish in the Sliabh Luachra area of North Kerry steeped in a rich musical tradition. From an early age Jonathan displayed a keen interest in traditional Irish music, the accordion in particular, having spent many afternoons "pulling and tearing" at an old battered hohner in his grandfather’s attic!