ABOUT THE ARTIST & SHOW:
The Kilmainham Gaels is an Irish duo comprising Damaris Woods on Banjo and Garry Gormley on Guitar.
Damaris Woods hails from County Meath and is recognized as one of the foremost banjo players in Irish music. She has made a major contribution in popularizing the banjo within Irish traditional music. Damaris has performed an extremely hectic touring schedule over the last decade across the world. She has appeared on the Irish Spring Tour in Germany and been part of performing groups in North America, Australia and the prestigious Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Briton, Canada and has also appeared on many radio and television shows including Ireland’s The Late Late Show (RTÉ).
Damaris is also a gifted music teacher and many of her students have been prominent prize winners in traditional music competitions over the last number of years. Annually, Damaris organizes the hugely popular traditional arts camp – The Ag Seinm Traditional Arts Camp in County Cavan, Ireland.
Despite her own hectic schedule she still manages to find time to teach at the many traditional workshops including The Joe Mooney Summer School in Drunshambo, The University of Ulster, Coleraine and more recently at the newly founded Derry International Irish Music Festival. Damaris has recently released her first solo album “With A Banjo on My Knee” to great acclaim.
Damaris tours extensively with the “Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones” and shared the distinct honor of performing with them for The President of the United States and many other Irish American dignitaries on St Patricks Day 2015.
Garry Gormley hails from County Tyrone and grew up in the small village of Carrickmore, just outside Omagh. At a very early age, Garry showed signs of interest in playing music. His first instrument was the fiddle and from there he would go on to learn to play many different instruments but the guitar is his main true passion. While learning to play music, he also found that he possessed a real talent for singing. His very first paid gig was at the age of 16 and since then he and his various bands have gone on to sing and perform in many different bars all over Ireland, England, and America. In the 20 years of playing music, Garry Gormley has stayed true to his Irish roots culture and history by continuing to sing the songs of his land. He has recently joined Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones and keeps himself busy with many other bands including the Kilmainham Gaels during his time off from touring.