Kieran is a freelance percussionist, timpanist, drummer & Irish Music specialist from Enniskillen, Co.Fermanagh, based in London. Renowned for his versatility, he prides himself on his ability to interchange seamlessly through various styles, genres & ensembles.
Educated at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, London, he is very active on the London orchestral scene, working regularly with English National Opera and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Other orchestral engagements include the Ulster Orchestra (Guest Principal Timpani & Percussion), RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (Guest Principal Timpani), RTÉ Concert Orchestra (Percussion & Drum Kit) and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.
2018 saw him make his West End debut, deputising on the musical 'Chess' at the London Coliseum, as well as the percussion & drum chair on ‘Bridges of Madison County’ (2019) & 'The Boyfriend' (2019/20) at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London, 2019.
As one of the worlds leading exponents of the Bodhrán, his solo film credits include, Academy Award winning composer John Powell’s ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ soundtrack as well as Thomas Newman's 'Victoria & Abdul' recorded at Abbey Road studios in 2017. Also booked for ‘The Hobbit: Battle of the five armies’, he was back in Abbey Road in October 2018, again working for John Powell on his ‘How To Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World’ film score.
Most recently he took the drum chair in the Grammy nominated, PBS Special featured show ‘Celtic Woman’. He has already completed their 14 week, 71 show USA tour, as well as the South American leg in August 2019. October through November sees him embark on the European patch and the release of their Christmas Album.
He is an avid sports fan and is incredibly proud to be a Protection Racket Artist, Vater Percussion Artist and a Metloef Bodhrán endorsee.
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INEC Kilarney //
James Dunne + K Leonard Percussion
INEC Kilarney, Dec 2017
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