Torrin Ryan became enamored with Irish traditional music at 9 years old, and now devotes his time to the playing, recording of, and teaching the uilleann pipes, simple system flute, and tin whistle. He has competed in numerous Mid-Atlantic Fleadhs in New York and New Jersey and won first place on both whistle and pipes several times. In Ireland, he has won five All-Ireland medals across Tullamore, Derry, and Ennis, and is the 2013 All-Ireland Uilleann Pipes Slow Airs champion. Torrin has taught at the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Boston Music School for several years, is a board member and instructor at the Northeast Uilleann Pipers Tionól, and is a member of the Boston Uilleann Piper’s Club. In 2018 and again in 2019, Torrin was the recipient of grants from the Southern New England Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program in order for him to teach Irish music and history to several apprentices and further the art of the session in New England. He will be joined by NEA Fellow and Irish step dancer Kevin Doyle.
Kevin Doyle achieved this highest honor awarded to an American traditional artist – the National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow award – as a dancer devoted to and inspired by steps brought to the United States by his Irish born mother in the the 1930s. Doyle is a delightful performer of old style traditional Irish step dance and American tap dance. A lifelong dancer and performer, Kevin was a U.S. Champion Irish step dancer in his early competitive years, and has been entertaining audiences ever since with his traditional style of "close to the ground" rhythms and intricate foot work as an artist, a choreographer, producer, and teacher. In addition to his set with Torrin Ryan, Kevin will be dancing a tune at the festival with John Doyle & Mick McAuley, The Winifred Horan Quartet, and as part of the Tribute to Jimmy Devine joined by sister Maureen Doyle.