Andy is an Irish singer songwriter who released his first solo album with British label ICC after leading YFC's itinerant band TVB, throughout the UK and Europe. He also spent time working as a doctor before taking on his responsibilities with YFC. "Advertising the Invisible" was the fruit of those first few years, and was produced by Dave Lynch (Toploader, Matt Redman). Andy's current role is as YFC's national songwriter/performer/worship leader, while resourcing others to do the same.
April Verch is a Canadian fiddle and stepdancing champion and singer. Though her musical roots lie deep in the fiddling of her native Ottawa Valley, her repertoire also features traditional and contemporary tunes ranging in source and inspiration from Quebecois to the Appalachians, from Bluegrass to Brazilian. She has toured with the group Bowfire but also has her own April Verch Band.
English composer, b. about 1530; d. Nov., 1574; was educated by his father, and graduated Mus. D., at Cambridge University, 13 Dec., 1560. In March, 1561, he succeeded Dr. Tye as organist and master of the choristers at Ely cathedral, continuing in that office till 1566. He accepted a similar post at Chester cathedral in 1566, and took part in the Whitsuntide pageants during the years 1567-69. Such was his repute as a choir trainer that in 1570 he was appointed organist and master of the choristers of Westminster Abbey.
Luka Bloom (born 23 May 1955 as Barry Moore) is an accomplished Irish folk-rock singer-songwriter. He is also the younger brother of Irish folk singer Christy Moore. In order to avoid the pressure of being related to Christy Moore, Bloom adopted his pseudonym. "Luka" is taken from the title of Suzanne Vega's song "Luka" about child abuse and "Bloom" refers to the main character in James Joyce's Ulysses. Bloom is, however, very forthcoming about being Moore's brother and does not hide behind his stage name.
Thin Lizzy was an Irish hard rock band formed in 1969. Originally they were a trio with Phil Lynott on bass, Eric Bell on guitar, and Brian Downey on drums, although, Thin Lizzy's most famous lineup was that of singer and bassist Phil Lynott, Brian Downey on drums and Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson on lead guitars. Later line-ups featured guitar heroes like Gary Moore (Black Rose), John Sykes (Thunder and Lightning) and Snowy White (Renegade, Chinatown). The band finally split in 1983, largely as a consequence of financial trouble and drug excesses.
The Saw Doctors had their genesis in 1986 when Leo Moran, a former member of Tuam reggae outfit Too Much for the White Man, started accompanying local vocalist Mary O'Connor on guitar. Moran recruited Davy Carton, a former songwriter and guitarist with short-lived Tuam punk band BlazeX (1979-1981), who by that time had given up his musical aspirations and was working in a textile factory to support his wife and young children.
Colm Wilkinson originated the role of Jean Valjean, the main character in the very popular musical Les Miserables. He has also starred as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar and performed in The Phantom of the Opera.
Damien Dempsey is from Donaghmede on Dublin's Northside. His earliest musical influences were the post-pub singsongs that his parents used to have at their home when he was a toddler. Good, bad or indifferent, everyone had to sing. Today his unique sound reflects the influence of traditional Sean-Nós as well as his musical heroes: Bob Marley and Elvis Presley. After completing his secondary education Damien went on to the Ballyfermot "Rock School" for 2 years where he studied musical performance as well as the practical side of the music industry.
Cathal Coughlan is the former singer of Microdisney and The Fatima Mansions. Though his solo work may seem deceptively mellow, he has lost none of the bitter edge that made him great. Cathal Coughlan has released three solo albums: Grand Necropolitan, Black River Falls and The Sky's Awful Blue. A fourth album, Foburg, based on a song-cycle called "Flannery's Mounted Head" that Coughlan and The Grand Necropolitan Sextet have been performing live throughout 2005, was released in September 2006.