Guitarist and bouzouki player Seán Earnest's empathetic and eclectic musical stylings have taken him far from his native central Pennsylvania. Having cut his musical teeth in the Irish music sessions of New York City, Seán honed his guitar and bouzouki craft while studying at the University of Limerick's Irish World Academy of Music & Dance. He is among the most sought-after American Celtic musicians today and performs regularly throughout North America and beyond with the Irish group Téada, the Paul McKenna Band from Glasgow, and his own band The Yanks, with whom he has toured Ireland and released two albums to great critical acclaim.
Seán has worked with a number of vocalists including Cathie Ryan, Colleen Raney, and Kyle Carey, as well as the international touring troupes Women of Ireland and Atlantic Steps. He features on recordings by Clare accordion and fiddle player Damien Connolly as well as flautist Laura Byrne.
In addition to teaching privately, Seán is a frequent faculty instructor at Irish music camps including the Catskills Irish Arts Week, the Augusta Irish Week, and the O'Flaherty Retreat. He has conducted workshops and seminars at festivals throughout the United States and has also taught internationally, both in Ireland as well as the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival's Celtic College in Goderich, Ontario.
Seán is very fortunate to hold 'endorsed artist' relationships with the following:
Davy Stuart | luthier
John Pearse Strings | musicial instrument string & accessory manufacturer
Seán's main guitar these days is an Eastman E20OM, an orchestra model in Adirondack Spruce & Indian Rosewood. Seán believes Eastman represents incredible value and isn't ashamed to admit the Eastman replaced his old Martin D-18! Amplification is achieved with an Audio-Technica ATM350 miniature condenser microphone mounted externally to the soundhole by means of a padded clip.
Seán uses capos by Shubb and G7; plectrums by Blue Chip, Wegen, and Dunlop; StroboClip tuner by Petersen; and instrument leads by Monster.