Traditional Artist in Residence

Barry Kerr

Portrait of traditional musician Barry Kerr

Barry Kerr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer & painter.

Originally from the southern shores of Lough Neagh in County Armagh but now living and working in Connemara, Co. Glaway, Barry Kerr is one of Ireland’s most accomplished artists. He has toured the world as a solo artist and has been equally at home sharing the stage in the company of other artists including Steve Cooney, Cara Dillon, Julie Fowlis, Lumiere and Dervish. Renowned folk acts such as Karan Casey, Flook, Jiggy, Beoga, Brian Finnegan, Damian O’Kane and Kate Rusby include his compositions in their tour repertoires.

He has performed on some of the most prestigious stages in the world, from Radio City Music Hall in New York to the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and has multiple arena tours under his belt. He performed as principal uilleann piper on a symphony orchestra tour of the United States with Celtic Thunder under the direction of conductor David Brophy.


Previous artists in residence:

2021/22 Caitlín Nic Gabhann

2020/21 Nollaig Casey 

2019/20 Danny O'Mahony

2018/19 Jack Talty

2017/18 Colin Dunne

2016/17 Karen Casey


Department of Music

Roinn an Cheoil

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