Pádraig Rynne is an accomplished Irish musician whose passion for traditional music has left an undelible mark on the contemporary folk scene. A Co. Clare native, Rynne’s musical journey began at a young age, growing up in a region renowned for its rich musical heritage. His father Tom, Uncle Joe as well as Paddy Murphy and Michael Kelleher were early influencers.
Rynne’s proficiency on the concertina became evident early on, and he quickly gained recognition for his skilful playing winning 5 solo All Ireland concertina competitions and touring the USA and Australia by the age of 16.
As his musical prowess developed, Pádraig Rynne became a sought-after performer, producer and recording artist, known for his innovative approach to traditional melodies and arrangements. His ability to seamlessly blend traditional styles with contemporary influences sets him apart, showcasing a deep respect for the roots of Irish music while pushing the boundaries of its expression.
In 1998, Rynne joined the ground breaking band Cian releasing two albums and an EP. In 2008, he co-founded the Irish/Breton band Guidewires releasing a further two albums.
Keen to experiment with other genres of music, Rynne founded NOTIFY in 2013 and still tours and records with the band to this day. They have collaborated with musicians such as multi Grammy award winners Mark Lettieri and Jason Thomas of Snarky Puppy fame, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and Séamus & Caoimhe Uí Fhlatharta in recent times.
Padraig Rynne’s solo career has further cemented his status as a leading figure in contemporary Irish music. His solo albums, such as “Bye a While”, “Notify,” and “Begin with the end in mind” showcase his exceptional talent as both a composer and performer. Rynne’s compositions often reflect his deep connection to the Irish landscape, incorporating a mix of traditional melodies and modern elements.
Beyond his solo work, Rynne tours as part of a trio with long-time friends Jim Murray and Tara Breen. They released an award winning album “Nasc” in 2021.
An advocate of music education, Pádraig became music development officer for Music Generation Clare in 2018. Through this role, he has been able to pass on his love and passion of music to the next generation where every child throughout county Clare, no matter their geography or background, has access to performance music education.
Padraig Rynne continues to deliver music education both at home and abroad and captivate audiences around the world with his soulful performances. Through his innovative contributions, Rynne remains a vital force in shaping the contemporary landscape of Celtic and Irish folk music.