Nollaig Casey

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Nollaig Casey (also known as Nollaig Ní Chathasaigh [1]) is an Irish fiddle player, and has an international reputation as one of Ireland's finest fiddle players. By the time she was eleven years old she could play violin, piano, tin whistle and uilleann pipes.[2] During her teenage years she learned to play in both the classical and traditional musical traditions. She won several All-Ireland titles for fiddle and traditional singing culminating in the award to her in 1972 for the best all-round performer.


She graduated from University College Cork with a B.Mus. degree at the age of nineteen, and started her career with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra where she remained for five years.[2] She began performing live with the band Planxty in 1980, touring with them throughout Europe and appearing on their final album, 1983's Words & Music. Casey has also recorded and toured with Moving Hearts, Liam O'Flynn, Frances Black, The Clancy Brothers and Elvis Costello. [3]

Her television appearances include the BBC TV series Bringing It All Back Home and A River of Sound. She has also performed as a featured artist in Donal Lunny's Coolfin band with whom she has recorded and toured extensively. More recently she has performed as a soloist with the phenomenally successful Riverdance as well as featuring in Shaun Davey's Granuaile and May We Never Have To Say Goodbye which was the theme song of the Special Olympic World Games 2003 which was hosted by Ireland.

She also performs frequently with her husband guitarist Arty McGlynn,[4] her sister harpist Máire Ní Chathasaigh and guitarist Chris Newman.


  1. ^ "The Casey Sisters". Old Bridge Music. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Nollaig Casey & Arty Mcglynn Biography". Retrieved 2013-07-25. 
  3. ^ [1] Archived July 6, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Nollaig Casey: The Music of What Happened". Retrieved 2013-07-25. 

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