Ruairi Glasheen is an award winning percussionist, composer, creative leader and educator based in London. From earliest experiences playing bodhran in traditional Irish music sessions he was drawn by the limitless creativity and possibilities of being a percussionist and developed a passion for drums and percussion from all around the world, Ruairi studied as a scholar at The Royal College of Music graduating with the Presidents Award awarded by HRH The Prince of Wales In 2013.
Ruairi is the founder of eclectic and contemporary folk group Tir Eolas who have performed with John Williams at the Globe, for 5,000 school children at the Royal Albert Hall and other at other prestigious venues such as Kings Place, The Sage, Ronnie Scotts, The Purcell Room and the BBC Proms (broadcast on BBC Radio 3). Their debut album Stories Sung, Truths Told was produced by Jim Moray and released in February 2015 and as a result the group were awarded an Aldeburgh Music Residency. Ruairi has worked with numerous other artists including Evelyn Glennie, Ranagri, Sam Lee, Roo Panes, DJ Yoda, August and After, Trans Siberian March Band and folk duo Josienne Clark and Ben Walker.
Passionate about social inclusion and wellbeing through the creative arts, Ruairi has worked with numerous leading organisations such as the BBC, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal College of Music, Southbank Center, Wigmore Hall, English Touring Opera, London Music Masters, Live Music Now, Turtle Key Arts, Chickenshed Theatre Company, English National Opera and Opera Holland Park as a project leader, presenter, composer and music director.