Declan Simpson has been playing fiddle since he was a young tacker, and has been an active member of the traditional Irish music scene in Melbourne since 2005. Declan’s many pilgrimages to Ireland have included a year living in Dublin where he was immersed in a dynamic and rich traditional music community. His experiences ranged from running sessions to performing shows in Dublin, Galway and Belfast. Declan performs with the multi-award winning band ‘The Simpson Three’ as well as with ‘Squeebz’ and a new trio with Beth McCracken and Ben Stephenson. He draws influences from many great Irish fiddle players including John Carty, Tommy Potts, Jesse Smith and James Carty (to name a few!). He is excited to share his insights and knowledge of all things ‘Trad fiddle’ at this year’s Ceol Aneas festival.