Aidan Dunphy studied drums and percussion at Trinity College of Music in London. Whilst in London he played Jazz and Classical music (English National Ballet, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra) and appeared at both the ‘100 Club’ and Ronnie Scott’s legendary jazz club. Since moving back to Ireland he has worked as a freelance drummer, playing with a number of bands and singer-songwriters, including Paul Casey, Maeve Dunphy, Siobhan Pettit and Declan O’Rourke, with whom he toured and recorded on the multi-platinum selling album ‘Since Kyabram’ (2006). He has also accompanied visiting Jazz stars Digby Fairweather, Lee Koenitz and Scott Hamilton.
Aidan lives in his native Omagh where he maintained a long residency in McCann’s as drummer in the jazz band of legendary late guitarist Arty McGlynn. He co-founded and teaches at the cross-community initiative Community Rhythms in Omagh.
As principal percussionist of the Irish Memory Orchestra Aidan has performed with some of the leading Irish traditional musicians including Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, Mairtín O'Connor, Liz Carroll, Mary Bergin and Johnny Óg Connolly.