Portlaoise-born Colm has been playing bodhrán and Ceili Band 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 achievments 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.
Teaching & Performing
Despite his young age, Colm is already an experienced teacher and performer. He has taught in France, Germany, Holland, Italy, at the international summer school Craiceann on Innis Oir and for the past few years he has been leading the advanced class at Junior Daveys Coleman Country Bodhran School. Colm has performed on stage alongside JohnJoe Kelly, Junior Davey, and Eamon Murray, as well as appearing on RTE1 TV , BBC TV, Ceili House and Midlands Radio 3.
Currently Colm is a BA student of Irish Music and Dance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick . 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 an instrument to advance his expertise.
Colm has been instrumental in the formation of the band Goitse which is launching their debut album in January, 2010.