Born out of an idea of crossing the contemporary with the traditional, Pedlar's Cross draws from Irish music, Indian classical raga, folk and stomp blues to create an intriguing and unique sound underpinned by an array of colourful strings and percussion. Pedlar's Cross combines multi instrumentalists, Conor O'Sullivan, Dara O'Brien and Jason O'Driscoll. The trio converge their diverse musical backgrounds and make for an entirely new twist on world music.
Conor O'Sullivan is a multi-instrumentalist from Cork who is mostly known for his banjo and guitar playing. He has travelled all over the world playing with different groups like North Cregg, Silta, Deluces Patent, Fuinnimh, and Leif. He toured the U.S. and Canada with a popular production called Celtic Crossroads which featured a great cast of musicians and dancers from all over the globe. He has released 4 solo albums of original material and has been honing his skills as a recording engineer in recent years.
Dara O’Brien is a composer, music educator and performer (sitar, guitar). He completed his PhD at UCC where he lectures in Indian classical music and improvisation. He studied in India over many years under his mentor, Sougata Roy Chowdhury. He also works as a music therapist in the area of autism.
His eclectic experience as a composer and performer includes ‘global fusion’ (Rasa Nua, Mandalla), Indian classical music, jazz, rock (Crab Seal Teeth), experimental sound and music for contemporary dance, to critical acclaim. He has worked with a wide range of companies and choreographers in theatre productions, film and installation. He has also co-ordinated a number of large scale music productions with young people.
Jason O'Driscoll began gigging in the college scene in Cork at the age of 11. He was a member of indie band The Orange Fettishes. He worked as a session player with numerous bands in Cork including the Stargazers, Open Kitchen, the Lynch mob and was a member of Two time Polka. In 2003 he released his first solo Album 'Dharma'. He has produced albums for Jennifer Lomasney and Cormac O'Caoimh. He was a member of blues group Dirt Floor blues band and Prestor John blues band and also funk group The Bluejays. He continued in the Cabaret circuit with Cork group Shine and after this, joined popular Kerry band Arklight. In 2018 he released his second solo album 'Everything Fall Away' and continues to record as a session player with artists like Lorraine Nash also appearing on the TV show Other Voices playing guitar with the legendary Seattle grunge singer Mark Lanegan. His third solo album 'Maratona', is due for release in 2023.