vocals, bodhrán and whistle
Michael O'Leary is a traditional singer of Irish, Scottish and Maritime songs and ballads. A native Midwesterner and long time 'landlubber' who has soaked up the sea air of Cape Ann for the past twenty years, he has performed at the Boston Celtic Music Festival, the Irish Connections Festival, the New England Folk Festival, The Volvo Ocean Race Festival, the Gloucester Seaport Festival, Salem Maritime Festival and at other festivals and venues in the Boston area. He has sung with the groups The Beggar Boys, Corner House and Urban Myth and is a chanty singer on the Gloucester based schooner the Thomas E. Lannon. He has studied traditional Irish singing with, among others, Frank Harte, Andy Irvine, Niamh Parsons, Aoife Clancy and Tim Dennehy, and in 2003 he was the co-recipient of a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program to study traditional Irish sean nos singing with Bridget Fitzgerald, a founding member of Cherish the Ladies. He hosts Celtic music sails on the schooner Lannon out of Gloucester, www.schooner.org, and Celtic music sessions on alternate Sundays at The Landing in Manchester, MA, www.thelandingat7central.com and the Dog Bar in Gloucester, MA, www.dogbarcapeann.com. A resident of Gloucester, MA, he is a member of the Folk Song Society of Greater Boston.