A two-time Midwest Fleadh Cheoil champion on the bodhrán, Amy Richter has gone on to compete in the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Letterkenny (2006) and Cavan (2012), Ireland. She’s been performing Irish music since 2003 and teaching since 2007.
Latest Adventures! In August of 2019 Amy joined the faculty at the highly acclaimed Valley of the Moon Scottish fiddling school set in the gorgeous surroundings of the beautiful Redwoods in Boulder Creek, California. Celebrating their 36th year in existence with maestro, master fiddler, and camp captain Alasdair Fraser at the helm, Amy taught alongside some of the greats including Natalie Haas, Nic Gareiss, Hanneke Cassel, and Ryan McKasson. In December of 2018 Amy joined up with Kerry Irish Productions for a month long tour throughout California and Arizona. The production titled, An Irish Christmas featured Amy on bodhrán, Ryan McKasson on fiddle, Jesse Langen on guitar and Riverdance principle dancer, Caterina Coyne. In January of 2019 Amy accompanied Danú in Ireland for their televised performance at the Temple Bar Tradfest in Dublin. She recently returned from her third U.S. National tour with the highly celebrated trad band and can be found on several tracks of their newly released album, Ten Thousand Miles.
Amy is a founding member of áthas, a Milwaukee based band proud to be bringing joy and happiness to all their fans for the past 14 years. In celebration of their 10 year anniversary áthas released an album of live tracks & rarities titled 10 for 10. áthas has become a favorite act at Irish music's premier event, Milwaukee Irish Fest, gathering praise for the excitement of their stage shows and the energy they display in the dance tent.
A highly sought after instructor, Amy has been teaching bodhrán at the Irish Fest School of Music since 2007 and the Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School since 2008. In 2012, Amy joined the faculty of the Junior Davey Bodhrán Academy in County Sligo, Ireland. She’s also taught for the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and The Irish Music School of Chicago.
Other than recently joining Danú on their US national tours, Amy has also had the honor of accompanying Lúnasa during several of their Midwest shows, her most memorable being their performance at the 35th Annual Milwaukee Irish Fest. She's also played alongside accordion extraordinaire, John Whelan for several years at the annual Milwaukee Midwinter Set Dance Weekend, and toured the east coast with Chicago based band, Bua back in the summer of 2010.
In 2005 Amy received the Celtic Studies Certificate from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and was the 2008 recipient of the Ed Ward Irish Music Scholarship. She's studied abroad at the University of Limerick under the direction of Dr.'s Niall Keegan and Sandra Joyce, directors of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.
Amy’s mentors and inspirations on the bodhrán include Paul Phillips, Junior Davey, Martin O'Neill, Colm Phelan, Eamon Murray, Jackie Moran, Paul Marshall, John Joe Kelly, Seamus O’Kane, Pat Roe, Rob Forkner, David Burns and Mick Dunphy.
Amy’s bodhrán is made by Mike Quinlan.