Cormac De Barra
& Anne-Marie O’Farrell
Friday 23 October Concert 8pm
Sunday 25 October Harp Workshop (Advanced) with Anne Marie O’Farrell 11am
A native of Dublin, Cormac De Barra was raised in an Irish-speaking family of musicians and singers. He is a third generation harper, having first studied Irish harp with his grandmother, Róisín Ní Shé, before going on to study concert harp in the United States. He has performed across the globe both as a solo artist and with many of Ireland’s most respected and well-known artists including Clannad, Dervish, Altan, Moya Brennan and Brian Kennedy. Cormac has made numerous recordings, including two CDs with members of the De Barra family and two under the title Voices & Harps, with Grammy Award-winning singer and the voice of Clannad, Moya Brennan. He has recorded two harp duo CDs with harpist and composer, Anne-Marie O’Farrell. Cormac has also enjoyed a career in televison, having presented the traditional music series Flosc and three years as main host of the flagship arts series, Imeall, on the Irish language television station TG4.
Leading lever harpist of her generation, Dr Anne-Marie O’Farrell from Dublin has performed worldwide as a solo artist, accompanist and in ensembles. She has performed with numerous orchestras, including the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra. Among Anne-Marie’s CD releases are Just So Bach, Harping Bach to Carolan, The Jig’s Up and My Lagan Love; Double Strung and Duopoly with Cormac De Barra; and Harp to Harp with harmonica player Brendan Power. Dedicated to the expansion of repertoire for the lever harp, her most recent publication is a critical edition for lever harp of Bach’s Sixth Cello Suite. Anne-Marie has completed a PhD in composition with Piers Hellawell at Queen’s University Belfast and lectures at the TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama. She has recently completed several large-scale commissions for works featuring the harp, including a harp concerto, commissioned by RTÉ Lyric FM for the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.