R.A.A.P. Board Elections 2018

The Biographies of the candidates

Richie Buckley


Richie Buckley, is a self-taught saxophone player, internationally recognised as one of Ireland’s leading jazz performers.

Musicians with whom Richie has collaborated include Van Morrison, Freddie Hubbard, Dave McKenna, Harry Allen, Lew Soloff, Guy Barker, Jiggs Wigham, Bob Dylan, Georgie Fame, Jon Hendricks, Carlos Santana, Barry Manilow, and Elvis Costello. Recording credits include Van Morrison, James Williams, Barry Manilow, Riverdance, Lord of the Dance and Elmer Bernstein.

He has also recorded and performed with major Irish artists including The Cranberries, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Sinead O’Connor, Paul Brady and Bill Whelan. Richie has scored three documentary films – 'Luke' (Luke Kelly, directed by Sinead O’Brien), 'Friel', 'Lee Marvin' (directed by John Boorman) and the film 'The General' (directed by John Boorman). Most recently Richie scored the soundtrack to W.C and his track, ‘Just Another Waltz’ has featured in Maurice Linnane’s first feature ‘A Kiss For Jed’.

Richie has been a founding member and Director at RAAP since 2002. He has a passion for Performer welfare and the strong representation of Performers in the field of economic Rights.

David Healy


Born in Dublin in 1962, David emigrated to Australia as a child, before returning home in his 30’s, and again permanently in his 40’s. As a performer David has shared the stage and studio with the likes of Nick Cave, INXS, Mary Black, John Cooper Clarke, Leslie Dowdall (In Tua Nua), Lloyd Cole and Billy Bragg. As a producer and songwriter he has 5 number 1’s on the Australian charts, has worked with the likes of Clive Shakespear (Sherbet) and was instructed in music production by Australian rock legend Lobby Lloyd, who was in turn instructed by Paul McCartney. David also produced and performed with pioneering industrial noise group SKP who would become a cited influence on the likes of Nine Inch Nails, The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers and more.

David currently works on song writing, music publishing and music production at Beardfire Recording Studio and Label, Dublin, with his sons Rohan and Alex.

David’s original handwritten lyrics hang in the Bridle Bar at the Áras an Uachtaráin.

Matt Lunson


Australian born songwriter Matt Lunson released his debut solo album, Miss Vaughan in 2003 to positive reviews & generous radio support across Ireland. A deliberately naive & tender collection of home, live & studio recordings the album was self-released on his own Go-Sick! label.

A fixture of the growing local singer-songwriter scene, Matt toured consistently over the course of the next few years, appearing alongside Rufus & Martha Wainwright on Season 4 of RTE’s Other Voices.

He also contributed the song Aliens, to the 2006 double platinum selling charity album, The Cake Sale. Sung by Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy, Aliens was broadly considered a highlight of the album.

In 2007 Lunson formed One Day International with piano player Cormac Curran. The band released Blackbird on Independent Records in 2008, headlining a succession of larger shows while also performing alongside Crowded House, Elbow, Lykke Li & Liam Finn.

Having written material for a follow up the band decided to call it a day before recording commenced and since then Lunson has forged a career in Learning & Development, specialising in sports, culture & tech industries.

A passionate communicator & skilled project manager, Matt would bring a diverse set of critical thinking skills to the position of RAAP board member. Critically, this skillset is underpinned by a deep love of and sensitivity for the artist as central to Ireland’s creative & cultural worlds.

Ciaran Tourish


Ciaran Tourish hails from Buncrana in East Co. Donegal. He plays both fiddle and tin whistle and enjoyed a long career with Altan, he has also collaborated on non-Altan (and even non-Irish music) projects with a wide range of musicians and singers, has worked with the likes of Matt Molloy, Mary Black, Maura O’Connell, Martin O’Connor, Dolores Keane, De Danann, Paul Brady and American musicians Jerry Douglas and Tim O’Brien.

Releasing his first solo recording in 2005, Ciaran joined the board of RAAP in 2002 and has worked on building up its profile, he was heavily involved in the RAAP sponsored RTÉ Bursary Awards, granting €30,000 annually in music scholarships across a wide range of music genre to up and coming new talent.

One of Ciaran’s latest projects is teaching traditional music skills and he runs a very successful Music centre in Ranelagh, Dublin, he has also developed a traditional music programme for both primary and post primary schools.