The Clew Bay Critters

Formed in February 2010, Tim Rogers and The Clew Bay Critters Are a stringband based in Westport County Mayo.. They play a good timey mix of Old time songs, wild fiddle tunes, acoustic swing and bluegrass standards.


Tim Rogers....banjo, fiddle mandolin...
Brian Lofthouse ....guitar and mandolin...
Dearbhla Ryan...string bass...
Dan Delaney...fiddle, charango...

The Critters were hunted down and tamed by Tim Rogers , previously known as the fiddler for the Rough Deal Stringband. In this combo Tim plays fiddle, 5-string banjo and mandolin. He’s joined by husband and wife Dan Delaney on fiddle and Dearbhla Ryan on string bass. Rounding out the sound is Brian Lofthouse on guitar and mandolin. All of the critters sing.

Tim Rogers Originally from New England, USA, Tim has been playing American music in Ireland longer than he played ANY music in the states. As a younger man, Tim was a bluegrass mandolin picker with a fascination for hot licks. As time passed he has settled in to his more familiar role to Irish audiences as an old-time fiddler (as a founding member of The Rough Deal Stringband) and is now fascinated with playing clawhammer banjo. Tim and his family moved to the shores of Clew Bay in County Mayo in 2006.

Brian Lofthouse Is a highly regarded guitar player based out of Parke, Castlebar County Mayo. Sought by traditional musicians for his steady sensitive backing, he is equally comfortable playing American music. Whether its jazz, country blues or country, Brian has a natural feel whether he’s fingerpicking or flatpicking. As a luthier, mostly making mandolins Brian has an understanding of the instruments he plays, particularly mandolins, and he has developed a distinctive, strongly melodic style. 

Darbhla "Dee" Ryan Began her musical life playing the bodhran within the Irish folk music tradition which, in so many ways, prepared her for becoming an Old Timey bass player. 

Dan Delaney If there were centres for the treatment of music addiction, Dan Delaney would certainly be returning patient! He lived for extended periods in the US and South America and says that it broadened his horizons and also the challenges. However, playing the fiddle in an old timey band is something he finds most gratifying in a down to earth kind of way, something like eating your home grown potatoes.

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