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Biography

Gaining his diploma in violin-making and repair at Newark School of Violin Making (UK), fiddle-player, fiddle-maker and poet, Paul Bradley (from Bessbrook, Co. Armagh), is based in Wicklow since 2013.

He also deals in violins old and new, stocking a large range of old instruments as well as new ones of his own making.

Enquiries about his instruments and /or fiddle lessons/masterclasses are always welcome.

A self-taught fiddler, northern fiddling informs his playing style. Brief tuition from Josephine Keegan and education from ' the hedgerows of life' have helped shape his playing too.

His 1998 album Atlantic Roar (Tuaim na Fairraige), gained a five-star review in the Irish Times. He gives fiddle masterclasses at University of Limerick, Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy etc.

A poet, he has performed from his own works at Celtic Connections 2008, the Open House festival Belfast 2006, The Marketplace Theatre Armagh, and has read at well known poetry venues such as No Alibis, Belfast. His poem 'Untitled Air' and was published recently in the review 'Fortnight'.

Paul Bradley (fiddle) and John Rynne (flute) at Willie Clancy Week, Miltown Malby

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