Padraig McGovern hails from Ballymagovern, a townland in the Cavan-Leitrim border area. His music reflects this placement with influences of both counties evident. Padraig was taught by master piper P.J. Flood from Belturbet, Co. Cavan and heavily influenced by the Button accordionist Vincent Tighe. His family were all involved with the Cornafean Céilí group and were regular session artists in the Shamrock Bar in Killeshandra. In conjunction with this, he developed his music as a member of the Ceolas Céili Band under the tutorship of Fr. John Quinn (P.P. Gortletteragh) and session playing with many renowned Leitrim musicians at festivals all over the county. It is through the tutorship of Fr. Quinn that Padraig has inherited a rich repertoire of music resurrected from the manuscripts of Stephen Grier and Alex Sutherland. He is a widely respected teacher having taught for many years at the ‘Joe Mooney Summerschool’, ‘Scoil Éigse’, and ‘Ag Seinm’ and more recently at ‘The Irish Music School of Chicago’ and the ‘Dublin-Ohio festival’ in Jackson MS. He has toured extensively with CCÉ and performed with many household names such as Téada, Dervish, Lúnasa, Dave Sheridan and many more. He spends most of his spare time teaching Uilleann Pipes and researching old tunes.