Cran and Martin Doyle Flutes

Cran is an Irish traditional music group made up of three people who, as individuals, are very important figures in the contemporary Irish traditional music culture.

Cran live on stage. Ronan Browne (left), Desi Wilkinson (centre) and Seán Corcoran (right).

Cran live on stage. Ronan Browne (left), Desi Wilkinson (centre) and Seán Corcoran (right).

Ronan Browne (uilleann pipes, flutes, vocals) is widely regarded as one of the great virtuosos of the uilleann pipes, Ronan has carved out an international reputation both as concert performer and session musician. Ronan is the piper on the original recording of Riverdance and is also the original piper with the Afro Celt Sound System, appearing on their first two top-selling albums. Read more: About Ronan Browne »

Desi Wilkinson (flutes and vocals) is one of the leading exponents of the traditional Irish flute (“the timber flute”) and a fine singer, to boot. Originally from Belfast, he was inspired to get involved in Irish music through the playing of Fermanagh fiddler, Tom Gunn, a near neighbour. It was from Tom that he learned his first tunes. Read more: About Desi Wilkinson »

Seán Corcoran (bouzouki and lead vocals) has had a long career as a solo singer before founding Cran with Desi Wilkinson, and is internationally renowned as a skilful interpretor of songs from the Irish tradition, both in English and Gaelic. Read more: About Seán Corcoran »

Martin Doyle is good friends with all three members of Cran. Both Desi and Ronan play Martin’s flutes and their kind comments regarding his craftsmanship can be found on Martin’s testimonials page. Ronan has posted several video clips of CRAN performances on his YouTube channel and they are well worth a look-see. Desi and Ronan both play Martin Doyle flutes during their performance of Erin Grá mo Chroí (Ireland, love of my heart). Enjoy…

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