The foundation of Irish traditional music is the pulse of its drum, the Bodhrán. And no other percussionist tills that ground better than Jackie Moran.
Jackie was born in Tipperary, ten-year-old Jackie and his family immigrated to Chicago where he quickly began drumming with the best players on the Irish music scene. The young boy became the man who is preeminent in Chicago Irish music today. A founding and driving force of such influential bands as The Drovers, Comas, Bua, and The Otters, Jackie is a fixture in the studio and in concert settings, sympathetically accompanying such great artists as Alphonso Ponticelli, Kevin Burke, Dennis Cahill, Liz Carroll, John Doyle, Alain Genty, Martin Hayes, Paddy Keenan, Michael Londra, Philip Masure, David Munnelly, Aidan Burke, Howard Levy, and Jimmy Keane. Jackie’s talents have also led him to appear on stage with “Riverdance,” and to help form and perform with the Trinity Irish Dance Company. And when Hollywood needs a musician to play the part, and look it as well, you’ll see Jackie. “Backdraft” (1991), “Blink” (1993), “Traveler” (1997) and “The Road to Perdition” (2002) all saw fit to feature Jackie and his Bodhrán. Most recently, Jackie has been a member of Ensemble Galilei, which specializes in Celtic traditional music, early music, and original music. In addition to their recordings, the group tours extensively with a multi-media show, which often features Neal Conan of NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” and actors Lily Knight and Bill Pullman.