A serial musical collaborator, Ronan has travelled the world sharing Irish music in his own open-hearted way. His maternal grandmother was the much-loved and hugely popular singer, Delia Murphy. Besotted since childhood with the music of the old masters, Ronan began piping in 1972, moving on in later years to whistle, flute, and then to composing his own rich modern soundscapes for film and television. He contributes flute and pipes to 'Calm the Soul' showing his musical intuitions at their best. His daughter Eilidh (pictured below) joins him in the interlude on the fiddle.
Ronan was the original piper with both the Afro Celt Sound System and Riverdance. Having worked on nearly 200 albums with many prestigious artists including Elvis Costello, Paul Brady, Sinéad O’Connor, Peter Gabriel and Deep Forest and toured the world over many times, Ronan now leads a gentler life in Conemara.
Eilidh de Brún plays fiddle on Calm the Soul. She made her recording debut at the tender age of 4, on a recording of a Louis de Paor poem. As well as playing the fiddle and piano, Eilidh is an gifted artist with a great future ahead of her.
The Message of Divine Mercy has always been near and dear to me. I took it with me to the See of Peter and in a sense it forms the image of this Pontificate.