Mark Oien - Fiddle & Hardanger
Mark is originally from the Midwest, where he was surrounded by his father's Norwegian-American culture. He first heard the Hardanger fiddle played at festivals in the region and was soon asked to perform at the historic Hjemkomst Center that houses the famous Viking ship of the same name. After moving to Massachusetts, he became immersed in his mother's Irish-American heritage. He began to hone his skills at sessions hosted by Tommy Peoples, Bill Black, and other well-known figures in Irish music. Through the years, Mark has refined his style by utilizing the long bow strokes and agile fingerwork of the Boston-Galway and New York-Sligo musicians. He has performed at numerous festivals throughout New England including ICONS and the Blackstone Valley Celtic Festival with piper Jerry O'Sullivan. He can often be found hosting sessions and performing in Southeastern Mass. and Cape Cod. On the Hardanger fiddle, most of Mark’s repertoire is from the Telemark region of Norway (despite his Valdres roots!). He attributes most of his tunes and style to Loretta Kelley and Toby Weinberg. Mark is an active member of both the Boston Spelemannslag and the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America.
Torrin Ryan - Uilleann Pipes
After seeing Lúnasa piper Cillian Vallely in action at the age of twelve, Torrin picked up a set of uilleann pipes and has been piping ever since. He has competed in several Mid-Atlantic Fleadhs where he’s won first place on both whistle and pipes. In Ireland, he has competed at the All-Ireland Fleadh held in Tullamore and Derry and is the 2013 All-Ireland Uilleann Pipes Slow Airs champion. At home, Torrin has attended and taught at the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Boston Music School, is a regular at the Northeast Uilleann Pipers Tionól, and is a member of the Boston Piper’s Club. He has been influenced by many styles of piping as well as many pipers and likes to incorporate both tight and open piping into his playing. He favors both the ‘tasteful’ piping of Liam O’Flynn and Seamus Ennis as well as the ‘traveler style’ or ‘open’ piping of Paddy Keenan and the Doran brothers. Currently a member of several bands, he has performed at the ICONS Festival, Blackstone River Theatre Celtic Festival, the Cotuit Center for the Performing Arts, and at the Blackstone River Theatre with longtime Providence-based Celtic group Pendragon.
Stuart Peak - Guitar & Bouzouki
An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Stuart is a highly sought-after session leader, performer, and teacher of Irish music. He has performed all over the Northeast United States and in Canada, Ireland, and the UK. While known for his backing expertise, Stuart is also a Mid-Atlantic Fleadh Irish banjo champion and an esteemed tin whistle player. As a teacher, Stuart has taught workshops at the Downeast Country Dance Festival, the Irish Cultural Centre of New England, and the prestigious South Shore Conservatory, among others. A veteran of the festival scene, he has performed at ICONS, the Boston Irish Festival, the Boston Celtic Music Festival, the Blackstone Valley Celtic Festival, the Blackstone River Theatre Summer Solstice Festival, the New England Folk Festival, and many more. Performing hundreds of gigs a year, Stuart is considered one of New England's premier Irish musicians and has appeared in many media publications, radio, and television.