2016 Musicians

Siobhan Mason

Siobhán Manson began dancing at the age of 4 in her hometown of Galway with the world- renowned Hession School. For the next ten years Siobhan competed at local, national and international level winning numerous titles. At the young age of seventeen she began her professional career touring with Celtic Legends in France and French Polynesia. In 2004 Siobhán was offered a full time position with the broadway phenomenon Riverdance and spent the next four years on the road with the European, American and Asian companies. After only a year with Riverdance Siobhán was asked to train for the lead role. She had her debut as principal dancer. In 2007 Siobhan took a break from dancing and returned to college to finish a degree in History and English and went on to complete a masters degree in history. On completion of her studies Siobhan returned to the stage when she was asked to feature in an exciting new production Women of Ireland with whom she returned to the U.S. and Asia. In 2013 Siobhan was honoured to join Sky T.V's Got to Dance winners, Prodijig, on their debut tour throughout Ireland and the U.K that ended with. Throughout her career Siobhán has performed in some of the world's most prestigious venues; The Kremlin State Palace in Moscow, the Fox Theatre in Detroit and the Pantages Theatre in L.A, to name but a few. She has had the honour of performing for Empress Michiko of Japan in Tokyo, the First Lady of America, Michelle Obama, and performing live for over a billion viewers at the Chinese 2009 New Year festival broadcast in Beijing. Siobhán also shared the stage with Bono and Bob Geldoff in an Electric Burma concert in honour of Aung San Suu Kyi on her Siobhan is currently working with a new band set to tour America this year called The Young Irelanders. Each summer Siobhán is delighted to be involved in the seasonal show Trad on The Prom in Galway sharing the stage with some of Ireland's finest musicians and dancers. She has recently transferred her stage experience to screen in Dublin at the Gaiety Theatre in 2005.a stint on the West End in Sadler's Well's Peacock Theatre's recent visit to Dublin featuring in numerous short films and commercials.

Velocity

Velocity merges the best and most renowned talents in the dancing world. As soloists, James Devine & David Geaney have achieved over 60 major titles as well as World Records and multiple high profile performances. Irish born Devine is renowned in the world of dance for his tapping speed and precision and it is his unique style of ‘Celtic Tap’ that has earned him critical acclaim worldwide. At the age of 14 he achieved the highest honour bestowed on an Irish dancer by winning The Grand Slam – World, American, British, All-Ireland and Munster titles. He has taught dance all over the world and in 1996 was approached by Michael Flatley to star in his new show, Lord of the Dance and performed in the global tour. In 1998 he went to Australia to choreograph, direct and perform the lead role in the world tour of the hit dance show GaelForce with which he toured for two years. This was the first large scale Irish dance show to have live tapping. When he was 21, in May 1998, he earned his Guinness World Record of being the World’s Fastest Dancer with an astonishing 38 taps per second during a dance display in Sydney (beating a record set by Michael Flatley earlier that year). His signature tap has been likened to a ‘tap tornado’. As a soloist he has performed all over the world and he was the first male dancer outside opera and ballet to perform at the Opera Naradowa (Grand Theatre) in Warsaw in its 200-year history. Amongst his many TV appearances was a spot at the 69th Oscar ceremony in 1997. James now lives in County Clare Dingle native, David Geaney, a 5 X World Champion Dancer, is taking the world by storm. After an illustrious competitive career, amassing numerous major titles including All Ireland, European, All Scotland and Great Britain Championships alongside his five world titles, he has now set his sights on choreographing and performing to audiences worldwide. In 2011, David took part in and won TG4’s An Jig Gig. In the same year he was a top 10 finalist in the Ernst and Young, Young Entrepreneur Programme, with performance dancing being his business idea. In 2012, he went on to win Kerry’s Got Talent, pitting his talents against dancers, singers and musicians alike. At 16 years of age David joined Celtic Steps The Show, dancing to audiences from all over the globe in the INEC arena, as the lead male dancer. He recently performed at the World Surfing Championships in October of 2015 with the show. He has since travelled with the show to Edinburgh performing to sell out crowds in Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms theatre’s where he was dubbed ‘the best dancer we have ever seen’. He was awarded the 2014 Man of the Year by the Irish Dancing Magazine and has amassed over 5 million views online for various performances. With his talents well recognized at this stage, and with Riverdance and the likes an option, David has decided to remain at home to finish his degree in the University of Limerick studying Economics and Mathematical Sciences where he will graduate in 2017. This has allowed David to spend time collaborating with Devine on this exciting new project.

Officially Tapped

A tapped twist on tradition! Blending three of the finest traditional talents in the world, Officially Tapped is a Unique Traditional Music and Dance act for Weddings, Corporate Functions and All Occasions! Spanning the three rival counties of Kerry, Cork and Mayo, the lads leave the rivalry aside and come together to give you an explosion of three tapped styles of traditional music and dance! With hardcore traditional roots along with modern influences, Officially Tapped showcases a highly entertaining performance that is easily adapted to any stage, venue or audience. The idea behind this dynamic group came at the 2014 All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in Sligo, where the lads were the 'talk of Sligo' as they lit up the Main St, dancing and playing tunes ’til the early hours of the morning, just for the craic! The feedback from the crowds encouraged the lads to make sure they continued working on this exciting project, bringing about Officially Tapped! Given the calibre and experience of these young performers, already having performed to thousands of people in trad shows and concerts all over Ireland, you are guaranteed to make your special event that extra bit special! With a series of performances over the last year together, the boys have ‘Officially’ decided to say they are 'Tapped’!

2015 Musicians