& Niall Hanna
Saturday 24 October Concert 8pm
Sunday 25 October Eilís Lavelle Harp Workshop Intermediate 10am
Eilís Lavelle, a harpist from Monaghan, began learning music at a young age and had the opportunity to learn harp at the Armagh Pipers Club. Eilís continued developing her musical skills with many tutors and has gained vast experience as a performer. Having completed her B.Mus degree at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama she was awarded the Leo Rowsome award for the highest achievement in Irish Traditional music. She has gained much experience collaborating and performing with musicians from a wide range of genres. Broadcasts include performances on Tg4’s Sé mo Laoch and Geantraí, RTÉ Television, BBC Television and Radio, RTÉ Lyric Fm and Radio na Gaeltachta. Eilís is currently undertaking a PhD at Queen’s University, Belfast focusing on the Edward Bunting collection of music. In recent years she has gained extensive experience both on stage and teaching harp having performed throughout USA, Canada, Europe and further afield.
Niall Hanna is a traditional singer who comes from a very musical family in Co. Tyrone. Niall was immersed in traditional singing from a very young age learning from the singing of his late Grandfather, Geordie Hanna. He is a graduate from St Mary’s teaching college in Belfast and is a teacher of singing and guitar accompaniment. Niall combines the traditional style of singing with his guitar playing and has performed on many stages in across Ireland, the UK, Europe and Australia. In recent years he has shared the stage with names including Reel It In, The Rapparees, Buille, Cathal Hayden and many more. Niall is the current recipient of the Young Musician’s Platform Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and has used this prestigious award to record a mixture of traditional and folk songs in his own style kick-starting his solo career.