ONSET: Padraig Rynne, Niall McCabe, Tara Breen, Davie Ryan, Graham Henderson, Adam Taylor

Onset is an exciting new group formed by Pádraig Rynne, Graham Henderson and Davie Ryan and joined by Tara Breen on fiddle, Niall McCabe on vocals/acoustic guitar and Adam Taylor on bass.

The group was borne out of the success of Rynne's 2019 release “Conscious" and their collective passion for a dynamic approach to traditional music. The music draws from their diverse musical backgrounds, and creates a deep and fascinating musical experience with flowing melodies and rhythmic character.

In November 2020 Onset were recipients of the MISP scheme, and over lockdown in 2021 the group set to remotely writing and recording a four track EP, which developed into a unique and fresh sound, ready to hit the road running in the latter half of 2021. They will embark on their first set of live gigs in Oct/Nov/Dec 2021 where they are sure to wow audiences with their extraordinary level of musicianship through a mix of brand new music, tunes from Padraig Rynne’s 2019 album ‘Conscious’, and original songs from Niall McCabe. Onset is grateful to the Arts Council of Ireland for funding this debut tour, through their Touring Award.


Pádraig Rynne - concertina + electronics

Described as "one of the freshest sounds in Irish music" by Froots magazine, Pádraig Rynne is a virtuoso musician, prolific composer and is regarded as the finest concertina player in Irish music today. Having studied music, media and performance technology and with a passion for experimenting with diverse genres Pádraig is recognized for his refreshing explorations into the Irish tradition and with his ground-breaking band Notify - described by the New York Echo as "cinematic in scope"- he has released two albums which are signed to the world-famous American Jazz label Ropeadope records. They have performed at events worldwide in jazz, traditional Irish and world music genres and have had high profile collaborations with multi-Grammy award winning musicians Mark Lettieri and Jason Thomas of Snarky Puppy. www.padraigrynne.com

Graham Henderson - keyboards

Graham is a multi-instrumentalist and experienced producer and composer. He began his professional career playing the accordion, guitar, piano & mandolin with Fairground Attraction which brought international touring and 2 Brit Awards. Graham joined Coolfin in 1996 and since then has continued to work with a wide array of Irish artists such as Iarla O’Lionaird, Paul Brady and Declan O’Rourke, as well as being a member of the legendary Moving Hearts and was Sinead O’Connor’s keyboard player and MD for over five years. In 2019 Graham produced the latest album 'The Great Irish Songbook' by Dervish (recipients of the 2019 'lifetime achievement award' / BBC Folk Awards) featuring guest vocalists David Gray, Steve Earle, Vince Gill, Imelda May, Abigail Washburn & Rhiannon Giddens.

Davie Ryan - drums

Davie is a graduate of both UCC and of Cork School of Music. He has extensive experience both nationally and internationally as a touring and recording musician in a range of diverse genres including, jazz, folk, pop, rock, world and traditional music. Davie's impressive reputation has led to high profile collaborations with renowned studio producers, including Grammy award-winning Jay Joyce (Tragedy Tragedy Studios, Nashville), Kieran Byrne (Cauldron Studios, Dublin), Christian Best, and John Fitzgerald. www.davieryan.com

Niall McCabe - vocals + guitar

Niall McCabe was born on Clare Island off Ireland’s rugged west coast. First playing traditional Irish and folk music and later branching out into rock and soul. Having achieved national success with his folk/soul project The Niall McCabe Band (With an RTE 1 album of the week and appearances on The Saturday Night Show & The John Murray Show). 2018 saw Niall team up with Irish New Wave Trad group Beoga. Providing vocals for their live concerts, Niall has featured as support for Ed Sheeran in Pairc Ui Caoimh, 2019 US Tour with Johnny Swim and November UK and Ireland Tour with Foy Vance. His first solo release ‘Borders’ (Nov '19) embraced elements of his traditional rootsaccordions and mandolins intertwine with synths and drums as he begins to search for a new space between his contrasting musical influences.

Tara Breen - fiddle

A highly talented multi-instrumentalist from Co. Clare, Tara has achieved All-Ireland titles on fiddle in every age category over the years, culminating with the senior Oireachtas fiddle title in 2011 and the All-Ireland Senior Fiddle Title in 2012. She achieved her Dip. ABRSM in 2007 in classical flute, and also qualified as a Traditional Irish Music teacher with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, achieving her TTCT in 2011. Tara's live work started as an original member of Ciorras. She then went on to join the Galician piper Carlos Núñez and in 2014 she joined the Chieftains. One of the most in demand session musicians in music at the moment, Tara regularly tours as a member of the Chieftains and has recently toured with the well known dance show, Heartbeat of home. In 2011 Tara was one of the musicians chosen to perform the Queen of England's visit to Ireland.

Adam Taylor - bass

Adam is an in-demand bass player from Dublin. He’s a third-generation professional bassist and started playing at the age of 14 and studying double bass at 18. Academically, he holds a BMus degree and a Masters in Music Composition from the National University of Ireland Maynooth. His double bass training was provided by the Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music and Drama under Waldemar Kozak of the National Symphony Orchestra. Adam's experience ranges from recording/studio work with both original artists and for TV commercials, theatre (pit) work, national and international touring, arranging and music education. Adam is one of the founding members of the groove jazz collective, Creamy Goodness – a group made up of top session and jazz players from Dublin.

Pádraig Rynne