Band Members

Jamie McKeogh

Jamie McKeogh grew up in Durrow near Tullamore, Co. Offaly. From a very young age he had a keen in interest in music having been strongly influenced by his mother, a music teacher.

He began taking tuition on guitar and fiddle at five years of age and progressed to playing the banjo and mandolin.

A winner of four All Ireland Titles at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann, Jamie has also been a member of the Comhaltas tour of Ireland and the UK.

Graduating with a B.Sc. in Physiotherapy from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Jamie has now chosen to pursue a career in music. Along with being a member of JigJam, he has toured worldwide with various groups such as Celtic Legends.

Jamie is well known for his rhythmic guitar playing, vocal versatility and accomplished banjo solos. His influences include John Doyle, Chris Thile and Gerry O’Connor.

Daithi Melia

Daithi Melia hailing from Co. Offaly is a multiinstrumentalist who studied Contemporary Music Performance at the Ballyfermot College of Further Education, During this time he explored various styles and genres of music and honed his skill on the guitar and the 5 string banjo. He performed with many bands of various genres in popular venues throughout Ireland and has since toured around the world with several acts.

Daithi is also a seasoned session musician featuring on various artists’ records and has been highly involved in the arrangement and writing process of other singer-songwriter projects. He has created his own unique style of 5 string banjo playing, forging the different stylistic approaches of traditional Irish and Bluegrass music together, while also still adding his own contemporary influences along with jazz and blues.

Cathal Guinan

Cathal Guinan is a fiddle player from a small village in Co. Offaly called Ballyboy. He comes from a musical family that is steeped in Irish traditional music.

Having developed a passion for the music at the young age of four on tin whistle, Cathal’s desire moved towards the fiddle and other genres including classical, bluegrass and Americana music.

In addition to playing the fiddle, Cathal has added the guitar, banjo, piano and bass to his repertoire.

Qualified in music production and sound engineering, he has won many accolades over the years including many All-Ireland titles at Fleadh Ceoil na hÉireann. Cathal has shared the stage and performed with artists such as Zoe Conway, Gaelic Storm, Socks in the Frying Pan Sharon Shannon, We Banjo 3, Goitse and many more.

Gavin Strappe

Gavin Strappe was born in South Tipperary and began playing the Tenor Banjo at the age of ten. It was at this stage that Gavin developed a huge passion for Irish music and also began to play Mandolin and Tenor Guitar. This resulted in Gavin enjoying much success at Fleadh Cheol competitions with him winning numerous competitions at county, provincial and All-Ireland level.

At the age of eighteen he became Senior All-Ireland champion on both Mandolin and Tenor Guitar.

In 2009 he commenced a Bachelor of Music degree at DIT National Conservatoire of Music and Drama, graduating in 2013 with First-Class Honours in Music Performance. In 2014 he completed his Post Graduate studies at the University of Limerick and graduated with an honours degree in Music Education.

Gavin has toured extensively around the world with numerous bands and ensembles including shows such as Brú Ború and Celtic Legends as well as headlining numerous North American festivals with JigJam.