Ceoltóirí Chualann | Hardback | By Peadar Ó Riada

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‘This is the extraordinary story of a musical vision that changed the trajectory of traditional Irish music. It's a seminal work that belongs on every music lover's shelf.’

-Martin Hayes, fiddle player.

Discover the magic and genius of the revolutionary band Ceoltóirí Chualann, which reshaped the landscape of traditional Irish music.

-In this blend of memoir and historical narrative, Peadar Ó Riada illuminates the band's birth to the complexities of their trailblazing musical arrangements, composed by his father, the visionary Seán Ó Riada. This book showcases their ability to blend traditional Irish music with complex orchestration.

-The magic of their story unfolds against the backdrop of a changing Ireland, where traditional music, once marginalised, began to find new expression and appreciation as their popularity and influence grew.


- In-depth insights into the band's creative process, including details of rehearsals, recordings, and broadcasts.

- A comprehensive discography featuring almost 400 musical arrangements and original scores in Seán Ó Riada's handwriting.

- A treasure trove of anecdotes and experiences from band members Éamon de Buitléar, Michael Tubridy, and Seán Ó Sé, as well as the Ó Riada archives.

Ceoltóirí Chualann: The Band that Changed the Course of Irish Music is not just a historical account but a heartfelt tribute to the musicians who redefined Irish traditional music. It’s essential reading for those interested in understanding the profound influence of Seán Ó Riada and Ceoltóirí Chualann on the revival and evolution of Irish music.


  • Pages: 256
  • Format: Hardback
  • Author: Peadar O Riada
  • Publisher: Mercier Press
  • Publication date: 26 April 2024
  • Category: Memoirs, Irish Music, Arts & Entertainment
  • Size: 21.5 x 16cm
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