“Colm Phelan Encompasses Innovation & Tradition with every beat’” - Junior Davey (Five Time All Ireland Champion)
“Colm Phelan is one of Ireland’s leading young percussionists, and an exceptional Bodhrán player, providing new dimensions to the voice instrument” – Niall Keegan, Course Director, BA Irish Music and Dance.
Portlaoise-born Colm has been playing bodhrán and CeiliBand drums since childhood and has been a prominent contender in the All Ireland competition since his earliest year of playing both Bodhran and Drums; in fact Colm qualified for the All-Ireland finals in his very first year of playing. Colm is a winner of numerous medals down through the years with his proudest achievements being the first ever World Bodhran Champion, in Miltown, Co Kerry in 2006 ,and in the same year winning the All Ireland in Letterkenny for the second year in succession. This back-to-back achievement was closely echoed in his unique multiple Ceili Band drum competition successes. An All Ireland winner on both Bodhran and Ceili Band drums is no mean feat.
Colm is one of the most sought after Bodhran tutors in Irish Music. He has given workshops in France, Germany, Finland, Holland, Italy, USA, at the International summer school Craiceann on Inis Oirr and for the past few years he has been leading the advanced and master class at Junior Daveys Bodhran School in Sligo.
He graduated with a BA in Irish Music and Dance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick in 2011. The University experience has quickened his pride in his Irish heritage and reinforced his desire to ground himself firmly within that tradition. To further this approach Colm has become involved in the design and development of the instrument to advance his expertise.