Born of Irish parents in London. Early childhood in Ballina and Ballaghaderreen. Schooled in the US. Returned to the home place in Ireland to live. Worked some years in China and Spain. Sat in often with Peter Horan, Fred Finn, Jim Donoghoe, and other musicians from Gurteen. Learned from Breandán Breathnach. Friends with Matt Molloy. Divides his time now among Ballyconnell (Co. Sligo), Barcelona (Spain), and Beijing (China).