Téada is a traditional Irish music group from Ireland. The band comprises five members. The members are Oisín Mac Diarmada who plays the fiddle and sings vocals, Paul Finn on button accordion, Damien Stenson on the flutes and various whistles, Seán Mc Elwain on the bouzouki and the guitar and Tristan Rosenstock who plays the bodhrán. Téada first came to attention through an appearance on the Irish television series, Flosc, in 2001. When Téada released their first and self titled album "Téada" the Irish newspaper The Irish Times lauded the band for "keeping the traditional flag flying at full mast," and Scotland's newspaper the Edinburgh Evening News wrote, "If there is a better new band on the Emerald Isle, they must be very, very good." [http://www.greenlinnet.com/artists/teadabio.htm]

Current members

Oisín Mac Diarmada

A graduate in Music Education from Trinity College Dublin/RIAM, Oisín Mac Diarmada began playing fiddle at a young age in Co. Clare, subsequently moving to Co. Sligo and developing a deep interest in the playing style of the North Connacht region. Following the release of acclaimed solo album, "Ar an bhFidil" (Green Linnet) in 2003, Oisín was subsequently featured in renowned US magazine “Strings” and described by The Irish Echo's Earle Hitchner as "one of the most gifted and creative traditional fiddlers playing today." Along with performing at venues and festivals worldwide with noted group Téada, Oisín is also actively involved in music teaching, lecturing and production. Recently awarded a Research Studentship by Dundalk Institute of Technology, Oisín is currently pursuing postgraduate studies under the direction of Dr. Fintan Vallely in the area of “Political Identity & Movement to Music”.

Paul Finn

From Ballyfin in Co. Laois, Paul is regarded as one of the rising stars of button accordion playing in Ireland. Particularly known for a pulsating and rhythmic performance style, his playing has featured prominently in major international touring dance productions, as well as in the indigenous session scene throughout Ireland.

Damien Stenson

Hailing from the rich musical environment of Co. Sligo, Damien Stenson is noted for his extensive repertoire and flowing style of playing, honed by many years of extensive musical activity. Featured on a number of recent albums including the compilation "Wooden Flute Obsession Vol. 2", his presence interestingly brings the melodic element and more specifically the flute, to greater prominence within the Téada soundscape.

eán McElwain

Seán McElwain from Monaghan plays banjo, guitar and bouzouki. He holds a Masters in Electronic Commerce from NUI,Galway, and runs his own web design company, [http://www.ceoldesigns.com Ceol Designs] , which caters for people in the creative industries. He has developed web sites for [http://www.zoeconway.com Zoe Conway] , Éamon de Buitléar, and the Irish Christmas in America show. He has performed with the Shaylyn and Music at the Crossroads Theatre Groups, and recorded with Monaghan piper Martin Mc Cormack. As well, as performing Seán is also a highly regarded tutor and has taught at a number of schools including the Joe Mooney Summer School in Drumshanbo and the Return to Fingal festival in Naul, Co. Dublin

Tristan Rosenstock

From Glenageary in Co Dublin, Tristan's bodhrán playing encompasses a distinctive musical sensitivity, evident on a number of recordings and tours with which he has had involvement in recent years. Prominent in Dublin musical circles, Tristan recently completed a Masters in Film & Television Studies from Dublin City University. He presently combines freelance media work alongside performing with Téada.


Inné Amárach

Téada's latest album Inné Amárach features the five musicians: Oisín Mac Diarmada, Paul Finn, Damien Stenson, Seán Mc Elwain and Tristan Rosenstock.

1. Lady Montgomery's, Follow Me Down To Carlow, Give The Girl Her Fourpence, Jenny Tie Your Bonnet (reels)

2. The Tenpenny Piece, James Kelly's, Comb Your Hair And Curl It (jigs)

3. Jamesy Gannon's, McDermott's, Over The Moor To Peggy (march, barndance, reel)

4. Tá Dhá Ghabhairín Bhuí Agam, The Shelf (polkas)

5. Nóra Críona (air)

6. Delia Keane's, The Horse's Leotard, Seán Buí, The Dawn Chorus (jigs)

7. The Ebb Tide, Peter Wyer's (hornpipes)

8. Sarah's Delight, Paddy Seán Nancy's, The Ireland We Knew, The Ewe Reel (reels)

9. Planxty Crilly, Micho Russell's, Mickey Callaghan's (planxty, polka, slide)

10. Port Aitheantais na gCaipíní, Johnny's So Long At The Fair (jigs)

11. Bonnie Ann, John Kelly's, The Boy In The Boat (reels)

Lá an Dreoilín

Give us a Penny and let us be gone. This is the second album released by Téada which features five members Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle, vocals), John Blake (guitar, flute) Seán McElwain (banjo, bouzouki), Tristan Rosenstock (bodhrán) and Paul Finn (accordion). "For a review and sound bites from the album see: [http://www.greenlinnet.com/shopping/search_detail.cfm?ProductID=1058] and [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:jh5gtq1zzu4p] " 1. Brid Thomais Mhurchadha

2. The Stepping Stone/An Tseanbhean Bhocht

3. The League Reel/Peter Horan's/The Flannel Jacket

4. The Ace And Deuce Of Piping

5. Humours Of Lissadell/Maude Miller/The Jolly Tinker

6. Thios I Dteach An Toraimh

7. Highland Chluain Ard/Clarke's/The Foxhunter's Jig/The Old Maid

8. John Egan's/Saunder's Fort

9. Tom Cawley's/Ta An Coilleach Ag Fogairt An Lae/Rowsome's/Clancy's

10. The Trip We Took Over The Mountain

11. King Of The Pipes/Queen Of The Fair/The Woodcock

12. Píopa Ainde Mhoir

13. The North Wind/Up Roscommon/Sporting Nell

14. The Green Blanket/Up Sligo/Up Leitrim


Téada is Téada's self titled debut album back when Téada had four group members. This album featured John Blake on the flute, guitar, piano and whistle, Oisín Mac Diarmada on the fiddle, piano, whistle and vocals, Seán McElwain on the banjo, bouzouki and backing vocals and Tristan Rosenstock on the bodhrán and backing vocals. "For a review and sound bites from the album see: [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:ei3m963okep1] and [http://www.greenlinnet.com/shopping/search_detail.cfm?ProductID=1049] "

1. Tom O'Connor's/The Joy of My Life/Handy with the Stick (hornpipes & jigs)

2. Teresa Halpin's/Rathlin Island/Michael Hynes' (reels)

3. The Surround/Up in the Garret/Port na Deorai (slip jigs)

4. Peigin's Peadar (song)

5. Micho Russell's/Bill Harte's/The Green Gates (reels)

6. The Chaffpool Post/The Mayday Hornpipe (barndance & hornpipe)

7. The Liffey Banks/Pat Molloy's(reels)

8. A bhean A' Tí Song

9. Tom Roddy's/The Old Firm Jig/The Maid at the Well (jigs)

10. Rossinver Braes (hornpipe)

11. The Crock of Gold/Johnny's Gone to France/The Tailor's Thimble (reels)


* Tristan Rosenstock is the son of Irish language poet Gabriel Rosenstock and a first cousin of Gift Grub creatorMario Rosenstock

External links

* [http://www.teada.com Official Téada Website]
* [http://www.greenlinnet.com/artists/teadabio.htm Biographical Information]
* [http://www.jproductions.com/teada.html Information]
* [http://www.teada.com/audio.html Audio & Video]

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