Máirtín de Cógáin
Máirtín de Cógáin is a singing, dancing, bodhrán playing storyteller. He performs in his native Ireland and all over the U.S…. and between and beyond, too! An infectious personality, Máirtín pleasantly commands the attention of any collection of people, from a concert hall to an intimate porch. Descended from a long line of storytellers and with two CCÉ All-Ireland's for Storytelling under his belt, Máirtín gets no more joy out of life than the telling of tales. If you are lucky enough to catch him spinning a few yarns, you are in for a treat. When touring the globe with The Máirtín de Cógáin Project & The Fuchsia Band, Máirtín is also a true promoter of the ballad. He is searching ever for those forgotten songs of old to give them new life, and also writes some of his own. Máirtín has also been seen threading the boards as a playwright and actor, most notably in the film The
Wind that Shakes the Barley and recently playing De Bogman off-broadway in NY. Growing up in a house full of dancing, Máirtín could not but help teach the steps at the family run Céilís from an early age, and a gifted teacher of Cork’s folk dances he is. The La Crosse area may know de Cógáin from his exploits over the years at the LaX Irish Fest. He has been living across the muddy water in Rochester these last 5 winters and this is his first time at our lovely event.