Tim Collins is widely acclaimed as one of the great anglo concertina players and tutors of modern times. Based in Crusheen where he runs his own concertina school, he is a member of the famed Kilfenora Céilí Band since 1994, and he has toured and recorded extensively with the band over the last twenty-two years.
He is founding co-director of Consairtín: The National Concertina Convention and is also founding director of the ground breaking Irish Concertina Ensemble (ICE), the first of its kind in Ireland.
In recent times, his reputation as a music composer has come to the fore of his artistic practice. Among his most recent work is An Pocaire Gaoithe – a suite that celebrated Clare County of Culture.
He has also collaborated with visual artist Dr Deirdre O’Mahony, writing the music for her recent film-based art work First Citizens Speak.
His most recent compositional work is part of an on-going collaborative project with academic Nessa Cronin, contemporary dancer/choreographer Ríonach Ní Néill and visual artist Deirdre O’Mahony. Working with NUI Galway’s Tim Robinson Archive, the trio – collectively called The Performing Landscapes Collective -premiered their work Artists in the Archive in June 2016 in NUI Galway.
In addition to his music career, Tim holds a PhD from the National University of Ireland, Galway where he works part-time as a post-doctoral researcher in the Centre for Landscape Studies. His primary research interest is exploring the complex connections between music and landscape, thus combining his academic and artistic background.