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Brian Ó hAirt epitomizes ‘the one tradition’ of Ireland. A singer, musician, dancer, and Irish Gaelic speaker; his artistry pulls from his many experiences growing up among the Irish diaspora of the Midwest and his coming of age in the vibrant Gaelic communities of Ireland’s west coast. An All-Ireland champion singer since 2002, Brian has since gone on to collaborate and record with singing legend Len Graham of Glenarm, Co. Antrim. Gifted on the concertina, accordion, and tin whistle, his understated musical style is reminiscent of the heyday of Irish music and its love of lift and subtlety. His singing and playing as well as that of his Chicago-based band Bua have been featured on radio programs across the United States., Canada, and Ireland. He has toured extensively and has taught and performed at many of the most prestigious festivals in North America. Brian is currently a master mentor for two Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program grantees from the states of Oregon and Ohio and is the Irish Language Chair for the Western Region of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.

Ó hAirt’s voice shimmers on its own.
— The Irish Echo
Young Irish Gaelic (and American) singer Brian Ó hAirt is a revelation.
— The Bluegrass Situation
His voice has the beautiful fragility of the great Irish singers, and his knowledge of the sources of the tune shows his great respect for the tradition.
— Driftwood Music Magazine
Ó hAirt’s voice is curiously ageless.
— The Irish Times