Composer/Irish Traditional


Áine Heslin is a composer/flute player, having started on tin-whistle and traditional music and moved on to playing classical music for many years. She has a lot of varied experience in performance – solo classical, orchestral, musical society pit-orchestras, concert band, solo trad, group trad, trad pub gigs, wedding and funeral services. She completed with honours a Master’s in Irish Traditional Music Performance in 2004 at UL.

Áine spent many years in West Clare playing with local musicians, including Tom Carey (R.I.P.), Bill McNamara, Pete Haugh, Michael Falsey and for about ten years in a row..Martin Noel Tubridy (after he had produced the CD below). She still loves Martin’s style of playing although they don’t play together often enough these days – the pub they played in weekly closed down a few years ago!

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Áine began composing Irish music in recent years and has enjoyed writing tunes in the style of the West Clare traditional music she was immersed in from childhood; jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas and airs. She has written tunes to particular themes/emotions and named them accordingly. Her tunes have been well received by musicians so far. One tune (entered on a whim) reached the 2012 All Irelands Finals in the Newly Composed Tunes competition.

Áine was frequently asked to record some of these new tunes and so recording started in early 2013. She began with Graham Dunne, Ennis, who doubled as sound engineer and guitar accompanist, and Brian O’ Grady on double bass. After some time recording and some fine tracks recorded, life events took over and there was a break. The remaining tracks were later recorded in Dave Keary’s studio in Limerick in 2014, with Áine’s husband Matt accompanying on guitar and she was fortunate once again to have a stellar line-up – this time of Máire Breatnach playing fiddle on some tracks, Paul Moore on double bass and Dave Keary himself doing some guitar and bazouki accompaniment. Shane Hayes plays accordion on the track of Shane’s Bminor Jig – a jig that was written for him in 2011.

The album ‘The Tunes Foundry’ was released in Nov 2014 and compiles of 11 tracks made up of 23 new compositions. She has had successful local launches in Co Clare and was delighted to have been chosen by IMRO as one of their Showcase performances at TradFest Jan 2015. The album’s next launch took place on Fri 27th Feb at the Russell Memorial Weekend Festival in Doolin.

Áine and Matt had busy summers 2015 and 2016 with gigs and also performed at a Premiere screening of a film that contained a soundtrack piece that Áine had been commissioned to write. The film is called ‘Connected 2 Each Other’ and Áine and Matt performed live at the screening in London Dec 2015 at The Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, more recently at the premiere in Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee.

Áine is still composing and will be doing concerts/gigs to introduce the new tunes as time goes on. She and Jimmy Clancy host a weekly Thurs night seisiún in Cruises Bar, Ennis.

She composes by commission as gifts/special occasions if requested.
Check out her facebook Page for updates on the album and upcoming gigs. Áine is also a member of She can be contacted at

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