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From the Devil’s Punchbowl (Ireland)

Aaron O’Hagan is a multi instrumentalist and renowned instrument maker from Co Antrim. Playing uilleann pipes and wooden flutes, he is joined by Belfast based bouzouki player, Luke Ward, on their first offering together entitled ‘From the Devil’s Punchbowl’


Aaron recorded, toured and performed for many years with the band Réalta. He continues to be a regular fixture on the Belfast traditional music scene as well as a highly sought after teacher.

He is also a highly acclaimed Uilleann Pipe and wooden flute maker whose instruments are played all over the world.


Luke Ward has been a busy and in-demand musician on the Irish music scene for many years, notably since the 2005 release of the album Clan Ranald with Donegal accordinist, Martin Tourish. Luke has toured the world over including the US, Canada, Australia and all over Europe.


Melanie Houton is a fiddle player from the coastal townland of Glengad outside Malin in Co. Donegal. She has won numerous Fleadh competitions at county, provincial and national level and was recipient of the prestigious Senior Oireachtas Fiddle title in 2009.

Melanie has performed all over the world including at Celtic Connections, Scoil Gheimhridh Frankie Kennedy, Earagail Arts Festival, Ennis Trad Fest, Belfast Trad Fest, the Semaines Irlandaises en Artois-Gohelle Irish music festival in France and the Fiddlers Farm weekend in the Netherlands.

Melanie was a guest musician on the Luke & Aaron’s recent album, From the Devil’s Punchbowl and also performs as part of the live band.

A song from From the Devil's Punchbowl's repertoire:

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