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Frank Torpey, Nomos

Frank Torpey trod a familiar path among Irish musicians: Learn the tin whistle first and early (in Frank's case, at age eight), then quickly pick up every instrument you can get your hands on (piano accordion, banjo, and drums) and learn those. At age 11, Frank was already giving instrument lessons, excellent training for a future career teaching music at the university level.

Frank prepared further through formal music studies at University College Cork. He entered the program thinking he would study piano and banjo, but heard a bodhrán performance by Mel Mercier that would end up changing the course of his life. He switched to bodhrán.

In 1990, three University College Cork students founded the traditional group Nomos. Frank, Niall Vallely (the band's concertina player), and Liz Doherty (Nomos' first fiddler) launched what became one of the most popular Irish music acts of the 1990s. Over its ten-year history, Nomos toured the world playing at all the major folk festivals in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe.

Frank continues to teach bodhrán throughout Europe, the United States, and Australia. He has performed live with Riverdance, Mícheál ÓSúilleabháin, and Seamus Tansey, and has recorded with the likes of Mel Mercier and Alan Stivell. Frank has even appeared on the television show River of Sound with ÓSúilleabháin and Donal Lunny.

Recordings featuring Frank Torpey

Set You Free by Nomos

I Won't Be Afraid Any More by Nomos