We’d like to introduce you to our extremely talented, hard working and accomplished house band who accompany our kids, teens and adult vocalists at all our Voiceworks events and showcases. We believe it is an essential experience for our vocal students to work with professional musicians and practice leading a live band. Our musical director, Eoin Walsh creates arrangements for the band based on the singer’s requirements and creative input. Equally we believe in the employment of locally based musicians whenever possible to foster and promote Cork’s rich and vibrant music scene.
Music Director / Bass
Largely self-taught as an electric bassist, Eoin's playing has earned him a reputation as a highly competent and reliable musician with a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of music.
He has played alongside such musicians as Jean Toussaint, David Lyttle, Bobby Watson, Robert Mitchell, C.S.L. Parker and Marshall Gilkes to name but a few and has worked on recordings both as a multi-instrumentalist and writer with artists such as Colm K, Brian Deady, Cormac McCarthy and Paul Dunlea. Eoin has been featured on releases from labels such as Bastard Jazz (New York) and Tummy Touch (New York/London) and has also had various appearances on national radio and television.
In 2013, Eoin received a scholarship from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston and was also shortlisted for a Fulbright Award. Eoin holds a first class honours Bmus degree from the Cork School of Music.
Piano / Synth
It's no surprise that Darragh Keary is becoming one of Corks most sought after piano players. Having grown up in a household of professional musicians and having studied both piano and voice right through to third level studies, Darragh has been immersed in music of many styles since childhood which have influenced his now impressive miscellany of musical appreciation, talent and skill.
A consummate songwriter, vocalist and keyboard player, Darragh has written, arranged, recorded and toured original material as band leader of his funk/soul outfit "Jericho", sharing the stage with legendary acts such as The Fun Lovin' Criminals and The Rubberbandits.
As a session musician, he has performed, MD'd, recorded and toured with many national outfits including Brian Deady, with whom he had the opportunity to support international legends Nile Rogers & Billy Ocean and perform and record on national TV and radio (RTE Late Late Show, 2Fm & Red Fm among others). Following performance work with Voiceworks Studio directors Gemma Sugrue and Laoise O' Hanlon, Darragh was hired to accompany the Voiceworks students.
Darragh was a natural accompanist and mentor this position quickly developed into the development of a creative songwriting workshop and he became official accompanist for 'Acoustic TV' sessions and the Voiceworks Youth choir, who have since undertaken numerous high profile gigs such as Cork International Choral Festival, UCC's "Summers Evening on the Quad", "Summer Jam in Fitzgerald's Park" & Voiceworks epic "UCC Rocks!" event, along with many fundraising events in conjunction with the Mercy Hospital among others.
Stephen O' Brien has rapidly become one of Cork's most in demand drummers. He plays on a full time basis with Brian Deady, Stone Fox and Stink, he regularly performs with Soul Driven, Ian O' Doherty and The Marvels and was the drummer for well known original funk outfit Jericho and Like A Fire.
He has played at many of Ireland's leading music festivals including Electric Picnic, Forbidden Fruit Festival, Body and Soul and Indiependence and has played support to Chic, The Rubber Bandits, Billy Ocean, Omar, José James and Ham Sandwich to name a few. Steve has also played on many national radio stations including RTE Radio 1, NewsTalk, Red FM and 96 FM and has made TV appearances including RTE's Late Late Show.
Acoustic / Electric Guitar
Hailing from Liverpool, Matt Churchill journeyed to Ireland in the late 1990's and soon became well acquainted with the Irish music scene. After making friends with ex Jimi Hendrix bass player Noel Redding, Matt was given the guitar duties in his weekly house band in DeBarras in Clonakilty.
Matt later went on to work as lead guitarist with English folk legend Roy Harper touring the UK and Japan. Now based in West Cork, Matt is enjoying touring and working in Ireland.