Bangers and Crash Percussion Group

caitrionaThe Bangers and Crash Percussion Group is a collective of Irish percussions who regularly collaborate for a wide range of projects. Their flexibility means that they can perform everything from huge, spectacular shows that fill the stage with instruments to small, intimate concerts, school workshops, street performances and much, much more.

Recent projects include performances at Body&Soul, Westport Arts Festival, Killaloe Chamber Music Festival, Sounds from a Safe Harbour, Kaleidoscope Night and much more.

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Upcoming concerts and events

West Cork Chamber Music Fringe Festival - June 30th, 2018, Bantry

One performance and workshop for the West Cork Chamber Fringe festival.


Tuning up - January 22nd - 26th, 2018, Various schools in Co. Cork

Outreach programme hosted by the Cork County Council Arts Office music education programme in collaboration with West Cork Music, which features workshops and short performances in various schools in Co. Cork. Two members from Bangers and Crash Percussion Group visited 10 schools over a period of one week.

Irish Composers Collective - October 23rd, Dublin

Performance of Nagoya Marimbas and several new works by Irish composers for percussion duo.

West Cork Chamber Music Festival - June 3rd and 4th, 2017, Bantry

2 workshops for the West Cork Chamber Fringe festival.

See the Archive for more

Workshops for Schools

The group have designed fun and interactive workshops that can be tailored to suit any age-group. In addition to demonstrating a large range of percussion instruments through performance, the students learn the basics of making music as an ensemble by direct participation in a series of games and exercises.

The topics covered include an introduction to more than 30 instruments from all over the world, their history, the use of the body as a percussion instrument, the role of percussion in the orchestra, their use in film and cartoon music, their potential to create atmosphere as well as rhythm and much, much more.

"The group showed us a wide variety of percussion instruments and played beautiful sounds and music for us. Percussion instruments were explained and there was direct participation by the children, a lovely time was had by all."

Presentation Primary School, Bandon


Caitríona Frost


Hailing from Cork, Caitríona first played percussion in the Ballincollig Concert Band at the age of four, playing an egg shaker! Now Dublin based, Caitríona performs regularly with the R.T.É. orchestras, Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra.

Also a busy drummer, Caitríona has recently performed with Declan O'Rourke, Hayley Westenra and Rebecca Storm. She has performed in a host of theatre shows, one of which was Alice in Funderland, directed by Wayne Jordan at The Abbey Theatre. In addition, she performed as an actor/music in productions by the Cork Operatic Society where she had to perform entire operas from memory at the Everyman Theatre.

Chris Stynes


Chris Stynes received his BA in Music Performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2009 where he studied under Richard O'Donnell. In demand as a freelance percussionist he performs with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Wexford Opera Orchestra, amongst many other Irish groups. He has toured extensively in Europe, the United States and Asia and has been involved with numerous CD, DVD and film score recordings as both orchestral player and marimba soloist. In July 2010, he travelled around China with the Dublin Philharmonic culminating in a live performance on Chinese television. 2012 saw a successful Music Network tour with CAN percussion trio, alongside fellow musicians Noel Eccles and Alex Petcu.

A strong advocate of music education, Chris has been a member of staff for the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland since 2011. He is also percussion manager for the annual Irish Association of Youth Orchestras Festival since 2007 and manager of the Dublin Youth Symphony Orchestra since 2014.

Alex Petcu


An Irish musician of Romanian origin, Alex is quickly establishing himself both nationally and internationally as a percussionist of the finest calibre. His recent appearances as a soloist with both the R.T.E. National Symphony and Concert Orchestras, and as the solo musician in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" at the Abbey Theatre are some of his main highlights so far. He has also been chosen to be the National Concert Hall Rising Star recitalist and an artist in residence for the Cork School of Music for 2015.

He recently won first prize at the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year competition and reached the semi-finals at the Tromp International Percussion Competition, one of the most prestigious percussion competitions.

Maeve O'Hara


Maeve O'Hara is a percussionist and music teacher based in Dublin. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music which she gained while studying at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with Richard O'Donnell. Since graduating in 2010, Maeve has performed, toured and recorded with various musical groups in Ireland including the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the RTE Concert Orchestra, the EQ Ensemble, Opera Theatre Company, Ensemble ICC. She is also a member of traditional group, Ensemble Eriu.

In addition to her activities as a percussionist, she also sang with Anúna for a number of years and performed both nationally and internationally including parts of Europe, China, Canada and the USA.

Kevin Power


Originally from Waterford, Kevin Power is a member of the Irish Defence Forces and serves with Band 1 Bde, Collins Barracks, Cork. A busy percussionist and drummer, Kevin divides his time between performing with the army band, teaching and a range of other gigs and projects. He recently received a BA from the C.I.T. Cork School of Music and is currently undertaking a masters at the same institution.

Kevin has participated in a number of projects with Bangers and Crash, including a number of performances of Musique de Table by Thierry de Mey, some workshops and more.

Clare O'Keeffe


Clare O’Keeffe started learning piano when she was 6 and took up playing percussion when she was 12 years old. She recently received her MA in music performance from the Cork School of Music and has since, performed throughout Ireland as a freelance percussionist.

She regularly performs with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and RTÉ Concert Orchestra. She has performed with the Crash Ensemble on a number of occasions and also with the Bangers and Crash Percussion Group for West Cork Music's Tuning Up programme and a variety of other projects. In March 2012, Clare travelled to New York with the Royal Irish Academy Percussion, and has also performed with the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble and National Youth Orchestra. She takes great inspiration from percussionist Evelyn Glennie and Clare’s ambition is to be a member of a professional orchestra.

Paddy Nolan


Hailing from Dublin, Paddy started learning percussion at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with Richard O'Donnell as his teacher. He then moved to Glasgow and completed his degree at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Since then he has performed in a variety of groups and ensembles that includes everything from rock bands to orchestras. He was recently on trial for Scottish Ballet and has performed with the RTE orchestras, Wexford Festival Orchestra and more.