Fiddle & Violin
Galway fiddle player Sinead Hayes comes from a small village in the West of Ireland. Picking up the tin whistle aged 5, she soon graduated to the fiddle – leading to a lifelong obsession with the instrument! As well as regular lessons with Galway musician Cepta Byrne, over the years Sinead has participated in numerous workshops and summer schools, learning from such greats as Tommy Peoples, Junior Crehan, Dermot McLoughlin and others. She has a special interest in the Donegal fiddle tradition and is a prizewinner at numerous fleadhs and competitions in Ireland.
Sinead is also a classically trained violinist and conductor, graduating with a first in violin and composition from City University London, and completing her MMus in orchestral conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. Sinead is now based in Berlin where, as well as her work as a conductor, she has become a regular collaborator with bands and performers in the German Irish traditional music scene. In addition to her private teaching practise in Berlin, Sinead is in demand as a workshop leader and adjudicator throughout the UK, Germany and Ireland.
Patrizia Sieweck’s bond to Irish music began in her early childhood, when her family’s frequent visits to the Emerald Isle introduced her to traditional music. Born in Germany, her parents moved to West Cork when she was 14 and Patrizia ended up living in Ireland for four years. It was in Vienna though that she became deeply involved in the international folk music scene, working as a musician, traveling to festivals and becoming involved in the flourishing session scene.
Over the years she has taken up numerous instruments such as fiddle, guitar, singing, banjo, bodhran and mandolin and specialises in Irish music, American Old Time and the Canadian fiddle tradition of the Quebec region. Her playing is also influenced by French, Swedish, Scottish and English folk music. She is in frequent demand as a performer in both Berlin and Vienna.