A well-known musician on the Dublin music scene, Ciaran has performed with numerous international Irish acts and has toured extensively in Europe and the USA. He has performed traditional Irish music throughout the world from Thailand to Scandinavia and is heavily in demand as a traditional session accompanist and singer. A versatile musician and multi instrumentalist, Ciaran teaches guitar, banjo, mandolin & ukulele at the Guitar Training Centre and always delights his students with his practical no nonsense approach to music.
Initially influenced by the punk and new wave bands of the early eighties, Des began playing in local bands in his teens. After seeing a documentary on Chicago blues, the next few years were spent studying the styles of guitarists Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and BB King. During this time he also became heavily influenced by 80’s rock guitarists Joe Satriani and Yngwie J Malmsteen. Des graduated with an MA in music in 2009. His patient and friendly teaching style goes a long way towards explain his long standing relationships with his students.