Joanne Quirke is a multi-instrumentalist from Cork city who began playing the tin whistle at the age of 14 and quickly progressed to the flute at the age of 15. She also plays fiddle, piano and harp. Joanne studied Music at University College Cork where she was awarded BAMus and BMus degrees and also received the Sean O Riada memorial award for performance in Irish Traditional Music. More recently she completed the PDE at UCC and is currently a Music teacher at second level.
Joanne has won many honours at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in the past including three senior All-Ireland titles in flute (2014) whistle slow airs (2011) and whistle (2010) and has performed on TG4 and Raidió na Gaeltachta. Joanne currently teaches flute and whistle with the Douglas and Newcestown branches of Comhlatas Ceoltóirí Éireann and Club Ceoil Ballyphehane and Knocknaheeny. She is a regular performer at events and festivals throughout the country. Joanne was also recently involved in the creation of a series of tutorials for Irish Music Apps in which she acted as tin whistle teacher. She has toured extensively throughout Europe and Japan, performing in countries including England, Wales, France, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria and Lithuania.