MJ McMahon was born and raised in East Co. Clare. From an early age he played percussion and bódhran and later in his teenage years, developed an interest for the guitar. In 2001 MJ moved to Limerick where he studied traditional Irish music at the University of Limerick. Here, he learned under the tutelage of guitar masters Steve Cooney, Ian Carr, Chris Kelly, amongst many others. Since completing his Masters, MJ has toured Europe extensively with the Irish dance shows ‘Celtic Legends’ and ‘Mystical Dance of Ireland’ . He also regularly plays in the American production ‘Emerald Beat’ based in Bush Gardens, Florida. When MJ is at home in Maynooth, he teaches bódhran and guitar and enjoys learning the banjo!