tinabeachBorn in Bremen in Germany, Tina began her musical career at the early age of six when she received classical training as a recorder player. These studies were later augmented with lessons on the harpsichord. Her rapid progress on these instruments ensured that her natural talent and flair were quickly recognized. This soon led, quite naturally, to valuable exposure as a concert soloist and was followed by many offers of Radio, Television and Theatre work as well as affording her the opportunity to gain much valuable experience in the recording studio as a “session” musician.

Tina discovered Irish traditional music through the rise in popularity in Germany of groups such as Planxty , De Dannan, Clannad and the Dubliners. Tina felt an immediate affinity with the complexity and spontaneity of this form of music. Awakened to the possibilities of developing her skills through contact with and encouragement from Irish musicians such as John Sheahan and the influence of people like Mary Bergin, Sean Ryan and Sharon Shannon.

She was a member of the locally based band “Clann Eadair” from Howth in County Dublin who together with Phil Lynott released the highly acclaimed single “A Tribute to Sandy Denny”. With Clann Eadair she appeared on many Radio and Television Programmes including the Late Late Show.

Her first solo album ” Just For Now ” has been released on Claddagh Records and gained an extremely positive critical response. Produced by Ian Vance Melrose, the album is a stunning collection of music that brings together the many stands of Tina’s musical personality, allowing her the space to integrate her classical skills and feel for traditional music in the company of some of Ireland’s finest musicians.

Tina is also a highly regarded teacher, having lived in Dublin until recently she was teaching students drawn from many of the schools on Dublins northside. A number of her students were prize winners at the all Ireland Fleadh. Her students also compete regularly at Fleadh Cheoils and Feiseanna.

Tina is now living in Bantry West Cork

written by Micheal Howard from Howth co. Dublin