Born in Manchester, England, into a very musical family to parents from Co.Galway and Co.Cavan, Colin started playing the fiddle and tin whistle from an early age and won numerous titles at the Fleadh Cheoil. Since then, he has made a name for himself performing and recording with an array of great musicians in Europe and the US, including singers and groups such as Flook, Grada, Karen Casey, The Elders, Julie Fowlis, Tim O’Brien, Natalie Merchant , Mary Chaplin Carpenter, The Michael McGoldrick Band and is currently playing with the Ashley Davis band and Lúnasa.
Colin is also a composer whose tunes have been played and recorded by numerous bands and musicians. In 2005, Colin was awarded a Masters Degree in Music from Limerick University. Living in Florida since 2005, when not touring, Colin has been teaching at schools and various camps around the US and Europe. Colin’s 2010 solo debut album ‘On The Move’ was named one of the years 10 best albums by The Irish Echo and his second album ‘Make A Note’ released in 2015 was awarded Instrumental Album of the year by LiveIreland. His latest recording ‘Music and Mischief’ with Kevin Crawford and Patrick Doocey has just been released.