Meet The Team  ...So Far

Dan Cassoni

Guitar - Ukulele

My name is Dan Cassoni. I am the owner of DCM Guitar School. I have been teaching the guitar since I was 15 years old. I am passionate about teaching this instrument and am committed to the successful learning of my students. Since I began teaching the guitar I believed that the key to learning was to have fun while your doing it! I have found that kids especially are much more inclined to practice and maintain their commitment to learning if they have fun and learn the songs that they like in the process. When a new student enrols, I ask them what kind of music they like and would like to learn, from there I model the classes around the individual student. We also focus on learning music theory, this is done in a gradual and thorough manner in a way in which the student can understand. If at a later stage the student wants to move forward and take grade examinations we can cover every grade from preliminary right up to grade 8. Thank you for reading and I look forward to meeting with you in the future.

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Michal Kulbaka
Guitar - Bass - Ukulele 

Michal Kulbaka is a self thought guitarist born in Poland. He was 12 years old when he started playing guitar. Michal's first guitar was an old battered acoustic guitar and was aquired when his father traded a bottle of strong Polish vodka for it. From that day on Michal sold his soul to rock n' roll...Picking basic chords and scales Michal started listening to blues.It was a John Mayall and Eric Clapton record that changed his life.The John Mayall Bluesbreaker album...

At 15 years old he started his first band The Staff playing in local pubs with older musicians. The band won second place in a local bands talent contest in Poland.A year later at 16 Michal and The Staff toured Germany and played an International open air festival near the town of Lorrach close to the French and Swiss border. The Staff shared the stage with US Punk band D.O.A and many well known acts in Europe.Returning to Poland they played support to one of Polands biggest acts Kazik Staszewski and his super group Kult. Michal played to nearly 5000 people at the show . Michal traveled to Ireland in 2006 where he began his musical journey. In 2008 Michal joined The Glitter Bugs as a session player touring around Ireland and supporting Irish stars The Saw Doctors in Dublins famous Academy to a sold out venue and also played in The Hard Rock Cafe Dublin. Late in 2008 Michal started a new group Solar Flux along with brothers Marcin Kulbaka on bass and Adam Kulbaka on drums. Solar Flux have been playing around Dublin for the past 3 years in clubs such as The Mezz and Fibbers McGees. In 2010 the band recorded thier first ep the self titled Solar Flux in Paul Woodward Studios Dublin. A few months later the band recorded another song ''Just Got Paid''.

Michal has also recorded some solo stuff to showcase his guitar playing.Early recordings feature musical compositions that are instrumental for the most part. In early 2011 Michal joined Lancelot Lynx, a hard rock/heavy metal group from Kilkenny.The band released they're first EP in 2010 but the lack of talent and commitment of the previous guitar players was running against the good quality of the original material, but this problem was solved when Michal was recruited. In late 2012 the band went to Trackmix Studio in Dublin and recorded 12 track album titled 'No Time To Die' . After long hunt for record label Lancelot Lynx signed record deal with The Leaders Records and finally the album was released in 2014 followed by great reviews from Metal Hammer Italy, Power Play UK, Power Metal DE, Concereteweb BE, Defenders of Steel PL and many more. 'Drifter' was “track of the week” by Amazing Radio (London, Uk) referring us as “Classic Metal Monsters from Ireland”.The band supported artists such ex Iron Maiden frontman Blaze Bayley or legendary NWOBHM group Tygers of Pan Tang. “Opening track "Live The Life (We Rock)" could have been written during the Dio glory days and tracks like "Real Bastard" and the title track have real bite and flare to them. Most of the songs are centered around the fabulous guitar work of Michael Kubaka, his fiery solos lighting up a landscape of cutting riffs and memorable melodies.” — Shred Load IE

In 2013 Michal start studying guitar at Brighton Institute of Modern Music BIMM in Dublin currently doing his final 4th year. In 2015 Michal team up with with lead vocalist David P. Byrne and become writing original material. In 2016 new project Samarkind was born and the duo began recording at famous Westland Studio in Dublin with producer Alwyn Walker. The new recorded material at the moment is at mixing stage. Durning 2016 Michal contributed to new EP from established singer/songwriter Racheal McCormack. Currently working on his own music instrumental music.

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Fernando Castilhos

Bass - Ukulele

My name is Fernando and im a bass player originally from Brazil. I've been playing bass for over 20 years. I have played with Tony Allen (Nigeria/France), Allan Marshall (Scotland), SILVA (Brazil) to name a few and im currently playing for Keywest, "a multi-award winning, multi-platinum selling independent artist from the UK and Ireland". I've recorded bass on albums ranging from pop, metal, rock to samba, afrobeat, world music.

Since moving to Ireland, I have played/performed many of the major venues in the country (3 Arena, Olympia Theater, Limelight Belfast, The Academy...) and also most of festivals (EP, Indiependence, Knockanstockan, Longitude...). 

In Europe ive performed in many different festivals (Black Sheep - Germany, Cornbury -UK...) and also toured many different countries (UK, Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, Spain).

I have studied bass under Paul Moore, Adam Taylor, Ketih Farrell, Robbie

Mallone, Kai Eckhardt, Thiago Espirito Santo and Diego Randi.

I have a CPD Diploma in Professional Musicianship

(Music performance) — Merit Upper Division

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Darragh O' Hehir

Drums

I started playing at the age of 11 listening to THIN LIZZY'S Brian Downey and also Alex Van Halen’s 1984 album. After a few years of playing, I found Led Zeppelin & John Bonham. I would say it's from these 3 players who were my main influences but now mostly Bonham & Lee Kerslake. It was while working with my first band we were lucky enough to work with Rick Savage of Dep Leppard who helped produce our first demos, that I got to meet Lee Kerslake. Bands I've played and recorded with are DARA, Paddy Usher, and currently Samarkind.

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Orlaith Pugh

Vocals

My name is Orlaith and Im a professional wedding, corporate and session singer with many years experience in singing and performance.

​I have been singing for as along as I can remember and was told by my mam that I sang before I could talk. Initially classically trained, I started vocal training at the age of 7 and received many awards and high recommendations during my years of taking part in national and international competitions and shows.

My love for such a wide variety of musical styles including pop, rock, folk, soul, motown, jazz, blues, Bossa Nova and classical has taken me on a wonderful journey and given me the pleasure of working with some wonderfully talented choirs, groups, wedding, corporate and original bands and musicians and the opportunity to perform at some of the more well known and prestigious venues throughout Ireland and the U.K.

 

With such a love for music and singing I am also very passionate about helping others to find and develop their singing voice and encourage confidence in singing whether you're a beginner or a  more advanced singer. My goal when teaching is not to teach one particular style but to help each individual find and develop their own unique sound and encourage the proper, healthy use of the voice in order to prevent damage and strain. My aim is to encourage the development of a strong foundation in singing, to understand your voice resonance in the body and the main principles of healthy singing. My style of teaching is quite individualistic and encourages confidence in owning your own style and sound and building on your individual gift. I am now very happy to be a part of the DCM Guitar School Group encouraging passion, fun, music and creativity.