Diane Daly is one of Irelands most celebrated and versatile violinists. She has featured many times on RTE and BBC television and radio on programmes including the Late Late Show and the Phil Coulter show.
She has performed and recorded with artists including Paul McCartney, Sinead 'OConnor,. The Corrs, Bono, Rod Stewart, Shania Twain and Katie Melua
She has been principal with all Ireland's major orchestras and toured worldwide with the EU Chamber Orchestra and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. She has been a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra since 1997.
She is a founding member of the Irish Improvisation Orchestra, artistic director of the Feile Eile childrens arts festival, a member of soul band Hunka Burning Love, and featured soloist with the Lola Montez cabaret.
She is also in demand as teacher, community musician and animateur. She runs the Irish Chamber Orchestra'a annual Music Factory Summer camp, and teaches over sixty young musicians.
Vibraphonist/multi-instrumentalist Boris Hunka has performed in clubs, concert halls, theatres and festivals throughout the UK and Europe. He is featured artist on a number of albums including the Vybesmen (Zingg) and Tito Rides In (Acid Jazz). He is Musical director of Hunka Burning Love, the Irish Improvisation Orchestra, the Lola Montez Theatrical Cabaret and MJQ_2010. Recent performances include the Iniscealtra Festival of the Arts, Leviathan Political Cabaret, the Sugar Club, Electric Picnic, and Sunday Miscellany on RTE Radio 1.
A trained animateur, Boris regularly conducts workshops for primary, secondary and third level classes, community groups and festivals in drumming, world music, improvisation and related areas. He runs regular rock sessions for teenagers and this summer held the first rock camp at Dolan’s Warehouse. As part of Music in the Glen’s commitment to increasing access and participation in music he directs the Killaloe/Ballina Community orchestra and related ensembles..
Boris studied Community Music at the University of York with Prof. John Paynter - one of the twentieth century's leading figures in the field - as part of his BA (Hons). Since graduating he has kept music education and community music at the core of his activities. Between 1998 and 2001 he led an innovative programme of group keyboard lessons, He organised the series of Ballet Inganzo tours by teenage musicians from Rwanda, supported by Sir George Martin and Air Studios. The UK tours involved workshops to over 120 schools and festival appearances throughout the UK. Boris spent time in the Rwandan town of Ruhengeri between tours - a BBC radio 4 documentary about the project was first aired in 2005.
Between 1996 and 2004 he ran a project studio in London, which hosted a range of styles and artists including Mika and Sandi Thom, both of whom would later reach no 1 in UK album and singles charts. He has worked on sound design for film, tv and live projects for a number of organisations including Save the Children, Hampshire Arts and Limerick Theatre Hub at the Belltable (for Excess Baggage and The Fisherman’s Son).
Whilst in London Boris ran the Circus Stylus and Live Stylus club nights in Camden and Maida Vale and worked with artists including Courtney Pine, Omar and Incognito at events including the Barbados Jazz, the South Bank and the Larmer Tree festivals.
He currently promotes the Lola Montez show, the Feile Eile Children’s festival and a range of one-off shows and concerts. He provides performance and production support to the Feile Brian Boru, Iniscealtra and St Patricks festivals. He has been responsible for marketing the Limerick International Music Festival and the Irish Chamber Orchestra Concert Seasons.
Boris devised and co-wrote the Lola Montez Cabaret and the Dr Darkpants family show that premiered at the 2010 Limerick International Music Festival. He has written for a range of publications (including Songlines, Classical Music and Save the Children) about music and development issues.
Music in the Glen - why the Glen?
Music in the Glen was set up by Diane Daly and Boris Hunka, shortly after they built a house in 'the Glen', in the Clare hills, looking down on Killaloe from one side and Limerick on the other. They make music, they live in the Glen, hence Music in the Glen.
Whatever your age, whatever your ability, whatever your style - Tune up, drop in and set your music free