Laoise Kelly - Harp
Laoise Kelly is from Westport, Co. Mayo. She has three critically acclaimed solo albums ‘Just Harp’ (1999), ‘Ceis’ (2010), and ‘Fáilte Uí Cheallaigh’ (2015), and ‘The Wishing Well’ (2010) a live duo album with fiddle player Michelle O’Brien.
Laoise was a founding member of traditional group ‘Bumblebees’ with whom she recorded two albums (1997, 1999) and toured extensively internationally.
Throughout her solo career she has recorded on over 60 albums with many of Ireland’s foremost artists including The Chieftains, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Dónal Lunny, Tommy Makem, Matt Molloy, Mary Black, Maighread & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Eimear Quinn as well as Kate Bush and American country/bluegrass icon Tim O’Brien.
She continues to tour with Trad legends Tommy Peoples & Breanndán Begley since their Music Network tour 2011, and more recently has a number of collaborations including a duo with Uilleann Piper Tiarnan Ó Duinnchinn; ‘Albiez Trio’ – Cormac Breatnach & Tola Custy; award winning Scottish Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes; fiddler Michelle O’Brien; Double Bassist Martin Brunsden and is also a member of ‘Fiddletree’, a group from Cape Breton Island in Canada who play instruments all made from the same tree!
Laoise was Musical Director on Brendan Beehan’s ‘The Hostage’ and Seán O’Casey’s ‘Purple Dust’ with Glasgow ‘Arches’ theatre company at the Edinburgh Festival. She toured with NY based ‘Mabou Mines’ award winning production of ‘Peter & Wendy’ to the Edinburgh Festival and off Broadway.
She has toured and performed throughout Europe and in all corners of the globe from Africa, Japan and Russia to New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, the US and Canada, and at festivals such as Womad, Celtic Connections, Celtic Colours, Tonder, Dranouter, Lorient, Milwaukee and Armagh Piping Festival.
She has performed for Irish Presidents Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese; HRH Prince Andrew at the commemoration of the Battle of Kinsale; for the twenty-five EU Heads of State and Presidents in Dublin. She has represented Ireland with the Irish Embassy in Nigeria, Ghana, Russia, Argentina, and was honored to represent Ireland at the World Harp Festival in Paraguay.
Laoise has also a string of credits to her name, winning several All-Ireland Harp competitions as well as the Waterford Crystal harp at the Belfast Bicentennial Harp Festival.
She has featured on numerous TV and radio programmes both in Ireland and internationally, and tutors regularly at University of Limerick, Dundalk IT, DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama, UCC, and at the University of Ulster, Derry.
“An exuberant and innovative talent which catches the spirit of the modern Irish music movement in a way that few harpers have done to date” Irish Music Magazine
“Laoise Kelly is a young harpist with the disposition of an iconoclast and the talent and technique of a virtuoso.” Irish Times
Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn - Uilleann Pipes
Tiarnán is an award winning Uilleann Piper from Monaghan who started playing the Uilleann Pipes when he was around nine years of age in The Armagh Pipers Club. He has won 4 Fleadh Ceoil (Ist place) All-Ireland titles –and two Oireachtas titles.In January 2013, Tiarnán won the Seán O Riada Bonn Oir (Sean O Riada Gold Medal) competition.Tiarnan has been described by many as being one of the most influential pipers of his generation.
« Ó Duinnchinn’s precise articulate playing quickly explains his many awards. His mastery of the pipes is without question and leaves no doubt about the subtleties of his musical inventiveness.
Journal of Irish Music
Tiarnán has being touring and performing professionally on a regular basis since 1995 both as a member of various bands and as a solo performer. His music has taken him to Europe, United States, Asia, Africa, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. Tiarnán has performed with numerous musicians over the years, from Tommy Peoples, Laoise Kelly, Paul O Shaughnessy, Brian Finnegan, Niall and Cillian Vallely to name just a few. Tiarnán toured extensively with Máire Ní Bhraonáin (Clannad) from 1997-2001 and recorded two albums with Máire during that time. He has recorded with many different artists, between CDs, TV advertisements and his music has featured on two films.
Tiarnan was recognized by the Irish government by an award in 2015 from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to purchase uilleann pipes in furtherance of his career.
He has often played and presented radio and T.V. programmes for BBC, RTE and TG4.
Andy Irvine - "I went to see Laoise Kelly playing with a piper I know, Tiarnan O Duinchinn from Monaghan, he was fantastic.
"But it was amazing, Way back in 1964, I was listening to Willie Clancy, in a similar situation at a fleadh in Scariff and I was weeping with emotion and I actually shed a tear when Tiarnan played as well. I thought, this is amazing. 46 years later. »
Mike Patterson “Piping Centre-Glasgow”
In his own playing, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn achieves a smooth, confident elegance of technique and a precision of taste and expression that result in a style full of finesse, artistry and clarity of intention. He persuades the listener that he is wholly in control of the instrument and is drawing out the richest, purest and most persuasive emotion from his repertoire.
O Duinnchinn's uilleann piping is a marvel of invention, his deftness on regulators provides contrapuntal accents and complementary coloration to his chanter playing. His chanter work is both precise and hard-charging building expertly in intensity from smolder to blaze. He is a superb player.
Earle Hitchner Irish Echo
Piping Today August 2008-12-10
An alumunus of the vigorous Armagh Pipers Club, Tiarnan O Duinnchinn is a masterly uilleann piper, whose fineness of taste and teachnical accomplishment summon forth all the expresive magic in the music of his native Monaghan.
His technical command of the instrument is most impressive, particularly in the crispness of his close-fingering ornaments. He always appears to use his remarkable technical range strictly for musical ends.
Celtic Grooves, U.S.A