Born in Kildare to a musical family, Liam O’Flynn formed the legendary group Planxty with Dónal Lunny, Christy Moore and Andy Irvine. He has recorded and performed with international musicians as diverse as Van Morrison, Kate Bush, John Cage, the Everly Brothers, Carlos Núñez and Mark Knopfler. His soundtrack recordings include Cal, The Field, A River Runs Through It (with Elmer Bernstein), Kidnapped and Roses from Dublin (with Vladimir Cosma).
Liam has performed with orchestras in Ireland, Britain, the USA, Canada, Australia, France, Romania, Hungary and Germany, and has appeared internationally in Shaun Davey’s works The Brendan Voyage, Granuaile, The Relief of Derry Symphony, The Pilgrim and Voices from the Merry Cemetery.
He has made over fifty recordings, including, most recently, Out to an Other Side, The Given Note, The Poet and the Piper, a collaboration with Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, and The Piper’s Call. Liam tours regularly with his band, The Piper’s Call Band, which features Arty McGlynn, Rod McVey and Steve Cooney, and he appeared in the BBC Proms in 1999. In 2000 Liam was awarded the Gold Insignia of the University of La Coruna, Spain, for his contribution to the arts. He composed and performed music for the inauguration of President Mary McAleese and has since accompanied the President on a number of state visits abroad. In 2007 he was named Traditional Musician of the Year by TG4.