Ben Power
Irish Traditional Music and Dance, Ethnomusicology

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It was also in Limerick that he was introduced to sean-nós dance at Tráth na gCos, the centre’s annual traditional dance festival, going on to study sean-nós and traditional dance with Róisín Ní Mhainín, James Keane and Catherine Foley, subsequently helping reintroduce the style to the United States. More recently, he has spent a lot of time playing Scottish bellows pipes, learning principally from Fin and Hamish Moore and Iain MacInness. Ben has played or danced with Mick Moloney, Solas, the Cathie Ryan Band, Susan McKeown, Kieran Jordan Niall O'Leary, and the Hutchins Consort, among others. He has recorded a CD, the Mouse in the Mug, twice been principle dance teacher at the Sean-Nós Northwest festival in Portland, Oregon and won consecutive grants from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts to teach sean-nós dance in Southern California. He has lectured on traditional music, anthropology and sociology at UC San Diego, CSU Channel Islands and NYU. He currently lives in Washington, D.C. from where he teaches, performs and engages in research, principally on artisanal instrument makers and the bellows pipes revival in Scotland.


Ben Power is a flute and bodhrán player, singer, piper, sean-nós dancer and ethnomusicologist from Liverpool, England.  After attending college at St. John's College in Maryland, playing with the fine Irish musicians in Baltimore, he moved to Dublin in the mid-nineties for the tunes. He studied there at Na Píobairí Uilleann with the great Irish flute player, Paul McGrattan, and subsequently moved West to do an M.A. in Traditional Irish Music at Limerick University’s renowned Irish World Music Centre. There he worked with Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, the celebrated Irish composer, Niall Keegan, Tom Doorley and Desi Wilkinson, the well known Irish flute players, and singer and bodhrán player Sandra Joyce, among others.

Session with Ben and Johnny