THE CELTIC SOCIAL CLUB
Drums, keyboard, backing vocals, musical director
Drummer and producer Manu Masko calls himself a ‘Sound Maker’ and in this guise he has created music for advertisements, soundtracks for radio, film and television. He was the brains behind the quirky but popular ‘Don’t forget my Breakfast’ album in 2000. As a drummer he has enjoyed success with American rock Trio John Doe, Breton folk rock stalwarts Red Cardell and now The Celtic Social Club, his own creation.
Born in Dublin in 2001, Taylor Byrne is still a faithful of his hometown where he has long played around Grafton Street, in the great tradition of "busking", those street artists dear to Glen Hansard or Damien Rice. Singer, guitarist and songwriter, he released his first solo single, "Flashback Polaroid", in May 2022, before being discovered in Dublin City by Manu Masko who invited him to replace Dan Donnelly in the CELTIC SOCIAL CLUB. Since June 2022, the young Irishman has been the singer and frontman of the group, which continues to explore the voices of the different Celtic Territories.
guitars/ banjo/ mandolin/ vocal
Goulven Hamel is perhaps better known as a music journalist and novelist however he has a long spanning career as a rock guitarist. A one-time collaborator with Cathal Coughlan ( Micro Disney, The Fatima Mansions), Goulven was raised with folk music both American and European; however he brings a rock element to anything he plays on like legendary fench singer Miossec.
RONAN LE BARS
uilleann pipe/ Whitles
Ronan Le Bars is one of the world’s leading masters of Uillean Pipes. He fronts his own internationally renowned 5 piece group, however has been a member of Celtic Heritage with Dan Ar Bras that featured in Eurovision 1996 from Oslo. He has also been a recording artist with Deep Forest, Johnny Hallyday, Claude Nougaro, Yann Tiersen, Stephan Eicher, Renaud, Gabriel Yacoub…..
Harmonica, washboard, dub psychedelia effects, backing Vocals
Mathieu is one of the worlds masters of harmonica. He is personally endorsed by Lee Oskar who phoned him up to tell him he could have whatever Lee Oskar harmonica he wanted whenever. A member of French Breton institution Red Cardell, he also plays with the collective Uni.k which unites different artists. He has played and collaberated in many projects, on stage and in the studio.
Pierre Stephan is a virtuoso violinist steeped in the Breton Celtic tradition. He marries his years of experience in Fest Noz playing with a modern approach to the instrument that makes him one of the leading Breton players. He is a member of The Ronan Le Bars Group and also plays with many iof the most popular Breton bands.
Studio owner and sought after independent producer and engineer Richard Puaud is also a recognized multi- instrumentalist and bass player. He has played on stage or in the studio with among others : Alexandre Varlet – African artists Mawndoé and Youss banda – Ibiza electro project La Caina -