Band profiles

Kenneth McCluskey

Kenneth McCluskey

Kenneth was born and raised in Dublin. At the age of 13 he received his first guitar and by the time he reached his early twenties he had formed and joined several bands. Ken co-wrote several singles, all of which reached respectful places in the Irish Record Charts. At 24 he won the role of Derek “The Meatman” Scully in the Alan Parker film The Commitments. After this he earned a small part in the Tom Cruise film ‘Far And Away’. While Ken Lived in NYC he won a scholarship to study acting and the famous Lee Strasberg School of Acting, also know as the Actors Studio. While in NYC he performed in several plays and independent movies. Ken plaid a major role in forming The Stars From The Commitments with several of the other original cast members.This has been a long road . The Stars From The Commitments have performed world-wide and are still going strong. Along the way Ken has had the pleasure of performing with soul legends such BB King, Wilson Pickett, Ben E King , Steve Cropper (The Blues Brothers) and Sam Moore (from Sam and Dave).

In 2005 to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, The Stars From The Commitments were requested to perform in Capitol Hill, Washington DC for US President George W Bush and Irish Taioseach Bertie Ahern

Dick Massey

Dick Massey

Dick hails from Dublin, Ireland. In 1991 he starred in Alan Parker’s cult film classic “The Commitments” playing the role of drummer Billy “The Animal” Mooney. Very shortly after the movie’s release he and some of the other cast members formed “The Stars From the Commitments” bringing their own particular style of Dublin soul to the masses. He has spent the last twenty years touring the globe with the movie spin-off band. Dick has played drums alongside many soul legends including Wilson Pickett, Steve Cropper, BB King, Sam Moore and Ben E King. Living most of his adult life on tour buses and out of a suitcase, he has performed in shows with “The Stars From The Commitments” in that time. In the late 1990’s, Dick was the head of The Irish Agency representing Irish talent worldwide. Dick also finds enjoyment switching roles from performer to the other side of entertainment production, managing and producing shows, and also acting as tour manager. Dick currently spends his time between Ireland and the USA with his partner.

Myles Hyland

Myles Hyland

Myles grew up in Dublin in a house with no TV but plenty of musical instruments. He was playing guitar and drums by the age of ten and joined the Westland Row concert band on clarinet at the age of eleven. While pursuing a career as a jockey, an accident caused the loss of the top of a finger. He spent some time learning to play the bass and at twenty one he joined ”The Robbie Walsh Blues Band”. After Robbie retired he encouraged Myles to front his own band, ”The Myle Hy Club”, and has enjoyed the company of Don Baker (Harmonica), Richie Buckley and Carl Gerathy (sax) and basically a who’s who of drummers, guitar players and pianists in Dublin. Myles has been strongly influenced by Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Wilson Picket and BB King among others. So when the opportunity to front the ”The Stars From The Commitments” he was more than happy to leave the bass playing to someone else and concentrate on the vocals.

Andreas Nolan

Andreas Nolan

Awaiting biog.

Sandra Jane Hyland

Sandra Jane Hyland

Sandra is a young vibrant 20 year old singer from Tallaght in South Dublin. She specializes in bluesy soul but has been found to be versatile in many styles. From the age of fifteen she has been involved with corporate and club bands and she has performed with some of Dublin’s best known session musicians. Sandra Jane writes her own music with a modern soul slant and is currently working towards her Trinity Guildhall Diploma in both musical theatre and drama at ICFE. Sandra’s passion is also to teach and work as a vocal coach in the future. 

Antoinette Dunleavy

Antoinette Dunleavy

Awaiting biog.

Abe Hampton

Abe Hampton

Abe is the most versatile, inspiring, and underrated musician in the NY music circle. His style is slick, his sound is smart, and he’s also related to the late great Lionel Hampton, This NY born and raised musician made his debut in Catholic churches in the Harlem area being organist/choral conductor for many choirs. He has performed and toured in many different countries with several well known artists such as Melba Moore, Kirk Whalum, Tramaine Hawkins, Stephanie Mills, Kym Mazelle, The Drifters, Bilal, Taylor Dayne and presently “The Stars from The Commitments”. He has also backed the in-house band of London’s famous 10 rooms club (Angie Stone, Chris Tucker, Omar, Don-E, Blu Cantrell, John Legend, Myron). In between that time he also achieved a Bachelor of Music in Classical Piano from William Paterson University.

Serge Stavila

Serge Stavila

Serge was born in Moldova (Eastern Europe). From the age of 8 he attended music school class for clarinet. At 15 he was invited to attend the National Music College. In 1988 he graduated the National Institute of Art of Moldova, earning a degree in conducting brass and symphony orchestra’s. For several years he travelled the former USSR states as a session musician with various pop and rock bands.
He came to Ireland in 1993 and lived in Co. Clare playing music and soaking up the rich heritage of the Irish music scene. In 1994 he moved to Dublin where he began to teach saxophone and wind ensemble in the Newpark Music Centre. Recent students include actor “Andie McDowell” (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Groundhog Day, etc) whom Serge was teaching saxophone for the Irish movie Tara Road.
Serge has performed on records with artists such as Sinead O’Connor, Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club and Paul Hourican. He is currently working on his own second album “Project Balkanica
” with Irish and Italian musicians.

Ronan Dooney

Ronan Dooney

Awaiting biog.

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