Robbie Walsh is a bodhrán player who hails from Dublin. Brought up with a strong musical background, his style is the definition of diversity and power. Robbie began to learn the ropes from the great Noel Dowling of Kilkenny. Taking these skills to the vibrant, session culture of Dublin, Robbie began to shape his style.
In 2008 Robbie became the Dublin, Leinster and All Ireland Senior Bodhrán Champion. Throughout the years he has toured United States, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, U.A.E, South Africa and all across Europe. He has worked closely with dance show companies, including Celtic Céilí and Celtic Legends. Playing with various bands, he has worked with FullSet, The Temple Bar All Stars, The Dixiemicks and Ciorras. He is currently working and also a co-founding member of PerfectFriction, FourWinds, and The Daoirí Farrell Bands.
Robbie has worked on more than 25 albums with musicians from around the globe; such as Jessie Buckley, Bernard Buttler (Suede), Donal Lunny, Laoise Kelly, Gerry O’Donnell, Seamus Begley, Joe McKenna, Paul Kelly, Eleanor Shanley, Brendan Hayes, Colin Farrell, Frankie Lane and Michael McGoldrick. As a solo musician, he also performed on composer Damian Gallagher’s musical suite, Alanú at the NCH, Dublin and worked on it’s accompanying CD. He has also recorded on Daoirí Farrell’s album “True Born Irishman” which won the “Best Folk Track” for “Van Dieman’s land” at the BBC Folk Awards in the Royal Albert Hall. He has shared the stage with power-house musicians including Walis Bird, Andy Irvine, The Chieftans, Paul Brady, Damian O’ Rourke, Cathy Davey, Mary Black, Francis Black and many more. Having gathered this broad experience throughout his musical career, Robbie set up The Bodhrán Buzz to further extend the knowledge of the bodhrán throughout the world; coaching many students to champion level. In 2016 he conducted a Guinness World Record attempt for the largest bodhrán ensemble which included 1,052 Bodhrán players.
Instructor – Bodhrán