She discovered Irish traditional music through the rise in popularity in Germany of groups such as Planxty 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 and Sharon Shannon.
Now resident in the north Dublin, she was a member of the locally based band “Clann Eadair” from Howth 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 recently been released on Claddagh Records and is already gaining 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, with students drawn from many of the schools on Dublins northside. A number of her students were prize winners at the recent Sutton Park Feis. Her students also compete regularly at Fleadh Cheoils and Feiseanna.
written by Micheal Howard from Howth co. Dublin