Ronan McCauley is a Dublin-born songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, teacher and life-long music lover living in Arklow, Co. Wicklow. He has been formally educated in music at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, including a Degree in Music, a H.Dip in Music Technology, and a Masters in Composition. Throughout his career, Ronan has performed his songs all over Ireland, the UK, and many parts of Europe, as well as contributing as a songwriter for many other artists and bands. As a multi-instrumentalist, Ronan plays the ukulele, guitar, classical flute, bass and percussion to name a few.
In 2015, Ronan McCauley established the Arklow Ukulele Players, which originally consisted of 13 members, and has grown substantially to now consist of 45 regular weekly members. As musical director, Ronan and the Arklow Ukulele Players have seen great success with fundraising gigs for charities both locally and nationally, and they have also played the main stage at the Ukulele Hooley Festival 2018 in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Europe’s largest ukulele festival.
In 2019, Ronan established a second group in Wicklow Town called Wicklow Ukulele Players. Having appeared on East Coast FM the group has had a fantastic start. Keep an eye on their facebook page and keep up-to-date on everything.
Throughout his career, Ronan has also aided in the creation of music lesson groups at the local youth centre, and also teaches there on a weekly basis. Alongside private tuition in many of the instruments listed above Ronan is a tutor for Music Generation Wicklow, in which he teaches the ukulele in several primary schools throughout County Wicklow.