Christy Barry, the legendary flute player, is now living in his native Co. Clare since 2000. Christy spent many years in the USA and he travelled many parts of the world to play in concerts and festivals. He introduced Irish music sessions to different venues in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago; all these sessions are now thriving today.
Traditional music has been part of the Barry family for over 200 years. The Famous Garret Barry was one of the main exponenets of Irish Music in the 19th century. Christy’s grandmother, Annie Leahy, played the concertina. His mother, Mary, still plays the fiddle and his father, Pakie, plays the fiddle and flute.
Traditional musical sessions took place in Christy’s house regularly, where neighbours would participate in dancing and playing Irish music, often going on far into the night. Christy has won many ‘All Ireland’ titles for both tin whistle and concert flute. His unique style and rhythm and his expressions of love for his music reaches the heart of his listeners.
In County Clare, Christy’s music has filled the air in sessions that trail from Doolin to Scariff, Kilkee to Ennis and his native Ennistymon. Apart from session music and events such as concerts, weddings and parties, Christy concentrates his energies and many talents in music tuition. He is passionate about maintaining the culture of Irish music. Through his knowledge and experience he has the ability to reach the heart of the student – bringing out the spirit and music in his students.