Ó Riada, Peadar

Peadar Ó Riada is a composer, musician, choir director, and broadcaster. He is the director of Cór Cúil Aodha and holds a BMus from UCC. Ó Riada is the founder of the choir Cor Ban Cúil Aodha and has co-founded traditional music groups such as Triúr (with Martin Hayes and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh), The Drôle (with John Kelly and Eamon McGivney) and served as director of Ceoltóirí Chualann. Living in the Cúil Aodha Gaeltacht since childhood, his contributions include 17 published CDs of original music, compositions for orchestra, radio, theatre, film, and numerous traditional Irish music pieces. His liturgical music is extensively studied, and he has authored books on Sean Nós, children’s stories, and music compositions. An international performer and active in community development, he founded Acadamh Fódhla in 2000.