Caroline O’Shea is from Milton, MA, and has played the Irish flute and tin whistle since she was a child. As a teenager, she competed in the All-Ireland championships for four years in a row in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal and in Tullamore, Co. Offaly. She received her TTCT Diploma—a week-long certification course in Dublin for teaching traditional Irish music—in 2016, and has taught for Boston’s branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (Irish music school); at the Killarney School of Music in Killarney, Co. Kerry; at the Milton Art Center; and at the Irish Cultural Centre of New England, in addition to private lessons. Caroline currently plays in a duo with singer Lindsay Straw, and plays flute, whistles, and sings with traditional Irish group The Ivy Leaf. In addition to playing flute and whistle, Caroline was recently awarded a grant from the MA Cultural Council to study the uilleann pipes with master piper Joey Abarta.
Since 2010, Caroline has played flute, whistles, and sung with traditional Irish group The Ivy Leaf. Their debut CD of tunes and songs The Ivy Leaf: Traditional Irish Music was released in 2012. She plays at festivals and events with Boston-based band Devri as well, and played low and high whistles on the band’s debut CD Broad Street in 2012.
Caroline has performed at Club Passim, the Wilbur Theatre, the Norwood Theatre, Dorchester Irish Festival, BCMFest, Pawtucket Irish Festival, James McNally Wilson Irish Music Festival, Brown University Folk Festival, Milton Irish Festival, Mr. Dooley’s Boston Irish Tavern, Town of Milton’s 300th Anniversary Gala, and many more venues. Performance highlights include singing the Irish National Anthem (in Irish!) before a Pawtucket Red Sox baseball game in 2011 & 2012, and playing for the opening of Stella McCartney’s new store opening in SoHo, NYC in January 2012. Sir Paul was not in attendance. She regularly plays for weddings, birthday parties, and other events both solo and with The Ivy Leaf.