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Ep 46 – Cormac O’Sé

Cormac O’Sé was born and raised in Dublin, where he began playing traditional Irish music on piano accordion at the age of 6 while also studying classical music until he was 16.

Traditional music was always his passion, in particular playing for Irish dance, which was a major part of Cormac’s upbringing and early life.

Cormac’s professional dancing career began in 1994 when he was chosen by Michael Flatley to be part of the team of dancers that stunned Europe in the original performance of Riverdance at the Eurovision Song Contest. 

Following its successful debut, Riverdance – The Show was developed. Cormac continued touring and dancing with Riverdance for six years, giving more than 2000 performances, across four continents to over two million people. 

Cormac received his TCRG in 2006 and is the director of O’Shea Irish Dance. He has brought dancers to Regional, National, and World Championship competitive levels. He is furthermore excited to be carrying on the tradition of sharing the culture, having founded a cultural center in St. Paul, MN for the Celtic Arts of dance, music, arts and language, called The Celtic Junction. The center features rehearsal space and a concert venue primarily for traditional and acoustic music. It is also home to the Center for Irish Music and Irish Fair of MN.

Cormac serves as Regional Representative to CLRG for the Mid-America Region and is an elected member of the Oireachtas committee of CLRG.

Cormac plays music for dancers all over the United States, Australia, UK and Ireland at feiseanna. He has released three albums of feis music under the name Feistunes with fellow musician Brian O’Sullivan.

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