Armagh fiddler Brendan McGlinchey was hugely influential to a generation of fiddle players.
He has also written some excellent well known tunes including Splendid Isolation, Sweeney's Buttermilk and The Floating Crowbar.
This is his official biography
Brendan McGlinchey was born in Armagh City. He began playing fiddle at the age of 12 and within a short time had won numerous medals on the Irish traditional scene. It was when he joined the Malachy Sweeny Ceili band that he was introduced to the music of Michael Coleman, James Morrison and two great fiddle players who greatly influenced his styles of playing -- Paddy Canny and Sean McGuire. He went on to win All-Ireland titles in all classes. He is fondly remembered along with Seamus Connolly for their great confrontations at Fleadh Ceoil na hEireann (honours shared). Brendan's recording "Music of a Champion", is held as an example of complete fiddle playing and a must for all fiddle players. He gave up fiddle playing for a number of years but made a wonderful comeback on Telefis Eireann a few years ago. He is now very much in demand for concerts and as a teacher at summer schools throughout Ireland and England. Brendon is also a regular adjudicator at Fleadh Ceoil na hEireann. He has recently toured America, Australia and Europe with CCE. Brendan is a well-known composer whose tunes are played in all good Irish music sessions.
You can read an article about Brendan here