Andrew "Junior" Davey
Junior Davey is a five times All-Ireland Bodhrán Champion
. Junior comes out of a family deeply rooted in the musical tradition of South Sligo. The strongest musical influence on Junior has obviously been his father Andrew (Andy) Davey, who was an authority in the Sligo fiddle playing.But also bodhran inspiration was available in the family:
Junior's uncle, Ned Keane from Culfadda, as a recognised handstriker (old hand style bodhrán playing) in the local area.
When it comes to contemporaries Junior is highly influenced by Johnny 'Ringo' McDonagh, Marice 'Mossie' Griffin, John Joe Kelly and Ronan Moloney. Bodhran player and maker, Seamus O'Kane from Lower Drum, Dungiven, Co.Derry, had and still has a positive and constructive impact on Junior and his music. Junior has won the All-Ireland Championship on the bodhrán five times (1990, 1993, 1996, 1997 & 1999)
and is the most winning bodhrán player at the All-Ireland ever.
The most important companion in Junior's musical life is without any discussion fiddle player Declan Folan from Doobeg, Doocastle, Bunninaden, Co.Sligo. They have been playing as a duet for many years and have a telepatic musical understanding. In 1995 the two friends recorded a wonderful album titled "Skin and Bow"
. In 2005 Junior launched his first solo-album titled, "A Sound Skin"
which is his latest contribution to Irish traditional music. Over the years Junior has worked as a guest musician and has contributed to several albums. He is an experienced teacher and has taught for many years in Ireland. Junior Davey will be the supervisor of all tuition at the Junior Davey Bodhrán Academy
Jelca was born in The Hague, Holland,
and at the age of 15 learned to play Bass Guitar. She played in several pop bands before she decided to broaden her horizon and bought a Double Bass. She took lessons from the Famous Jazz player Tony Overwater and also learned to play classical. She then joined an amateur Symphony Orchestra. While playing with the HASO (Haags Amateur Symphony Orchestra)
she got interested in playing the fiddle. The double bass was then traded for a violin.
In the mean time she had taken a keen interest in Irish Traditional music and went looking for a teacher. She found Barbara, a Barok Violinist who knew nothing about Irish traditional Music but was keen to help and to teach the violin in the first place. Jelca then found an Irish folk group in the Music School in The Hague where she learned a few Irish tunes. She then formed an acute band Ceol Cara
with her friend and often busking partner Dan, and gathered a few more musicians as they were asked to do a tour of Germany supporting another English folk/rock band.
In 1995 Jelca decided to move to Ireland and after first staying in Ballybofey Co. Donegal, she then moved to Bundoran where she joined a FAS scheme for nearly a year, learning and playing traditional Irish Music with Seamus Sweeney. From 1998, because of having a family, Jelca didn't play for at least 10 years until she started work with the Coleman Centre where her colleague Maureen encouraged her to go back to playing tunes again. She now coaches 2 Grupai Ceoil
to compete in the fleadh each year. And is the back bone of the Junior Davey Bodhrán Academy