Oisín Hannigan

Biography

Short Biography

Oisín Hannigan is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and an experienced bodhrán teacher. Originally from the UK, he is currently based out of Montréal with his wife and their two cats. His main instruments are bodhrán, frame drums, darbouka and drum kit. He primarily specialises in traditional Irish music, but has branched out to play a large variety of different genres and fusions, such as Jazz, Electronica, Canadian folk, traditional Arabic, Balkan and Turkish music, and many others. He has been playing for 20 years and counting, and has made his living from music since the age of 16. He also enjoys giving private bodhrán lessons as well as performing and touring with numerous artists the likes of Aubrey Dayle, George Crotty, Cairdeas, Annie Sumi, and A Small Wee Band.

Long Biography

Oisín Hannigan is a young but experienced percussionist and clinician/teacher based out of Montréal with a particular talent and love for all things struck. Having two full time touring musicians as parents lead to Oisín starting to play the bodhrán at just 1 year of age. After he started performing on stage alongside his parents, he then diligently started to study, practice, and finely hone his craft from the young age of 4 years old.

Specialising primarily in frame drums from Ireland and the Middle East, Oisín has eagerly pursued many different styles of music from across the globe. His branching out from traditional Irish music started when he got his first radio aged 4, and got hooked on the local Arabic music station. It was around this time that he started listening to works from the likes of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Ali Farka Touré, Fairuz, Rachid Taha, and many, many others.

In 2005, Oisín and his family moved to Canada, where he spent his late childhood onwards. He has continued his pursuit of music, moving first to Toronto age 17, and Montréal at 19. Married at the age of 21, he now lives happily in Montréal with his wife and their two cats.

In the past, he has worked and performed with musicians such as The Chieftains, Tim Edey, Divine Brown, Paul Beaubrun, Rich Brown, and Anh Fung. He is currently working on projects with Aubrey Dayle, George Crotty, Cairdeas, Annie Sumi, and A Small Wee Band. He has recorded with people like Jessica Pearson and the East Wind, Annie Sumi, David Newland and Uncharted Waters, Jabbour, Jennis, 2Birds Band, and The Lifers.

Oisín has, to date, toured, played and taught across 2 continents, 11 countries, and 100’s of cities. He has been playing for 20 years and counting, and has made his living by playing and teaching since the age of 16. He is currently endorsed by Shaw Percussion, a small frame drum maker based just north of Toronto.

For more information about what instruments Oisín plays, visit his Instruments page.