Steeped in the heritage and culture of Irish traditional music, Julianne is a former All-Ireland Fiddle Champion. She has vast experience both as performer and recording artist and has performed in a variety of venues such as the Dominion Theatre in London's West End, The Houses of Parliament and Killorglin's Puck Fair. She has toured Europe and the US and has appeared on television and radio in the UK and Ireland, including Channel 4's Big Breakfast and in an interview with the late Gerry Ryan on RTE Radio.
Raised in London, Julianne grew up an active member of Comhaltas Ceóltoirí Éireann travelling all over the UK and Ireland for competitions and festivals. She was taught by esteemed fiddler Eilish Byrne-Whelehan and was a regular at sessions throughout Ireland, the UK and in particular London. As well as achieving honours in Duet, Trio, Céilí Band and Grúpaí Cheoil competitions, she achieved recognition as a solo artist by winning the London, All-Britain and All-Ireland U-18 Fiddle titles in 1993. Following this she represented Comhaltas in their Echoes of Erin Tour of Ireland with a number of eminent musicians.
Julianne's musical appetite gathered pace as she was exposed to different genres of Country, Folk and Celtic Rock. She has played with an array of singers and bands on the traditional and folk circuits including Kell, Pete Waters, The Ballyhooley Band, GorJusWrex, Juice of the Barley, YB Sober and Bang on the Ear, recording with many of them.
She has supported numerous artists such as Mundy, The Fureys, The Pogues, Bagatelle, Brendan Shine and The Wolfe Tones and was also asked to perform at the Childwickbury Arts Fair hosted by Christine Kubrick (wife of the late film producer Stanley Kubrick) at their family estate.
In recent years Julianne has taught traditional music privately and in group lessons with Feíth An Cheoil School of Traditional Music in London. She has taught all abilities and ages (aged 6 upwards). She has also prepared students for Irish Traditional Music Exams and competitions - from those entering their first to experienced Fleadh-goers.
Her style has been described as dynamic and lively, whilst still maintaining the excellent technique required to play the fiddle to a high standard. With equal emphasis on bow and finger ornamentation, she has been influenced by many of the great fiddlers of our era such as Cathal Hayden, Austin Dawe and Tommy Peoples.
Julianne now lives in Clane with her husband and son and is a regular on the session circuit. Her focus is now on teaching traditional music and providing music for weddings.