laoise kelly achill harp

Laoise Kelly

Saturday 24 October Harp Workshop Intermediate 11 am
Sunday 25 October Harp Workshop Advanced 11.45am
Sunday 25 October Concert 8pm

Laoise Kelly is from Westport and now lives on Achill Island. She is regarded as one of Ireland’s leading traditional harpers. She has pioneered a new style of driving instrumental harping showcased in her three critically acclaimed solo albums Just Harp, Ceis and Fáilte Uí Cheallaigh. Her harping style combines the techniques of fingerpads in the bass and fingernails in the melody on a thirty-four gut strung Paddy Cafferky harp. She is known for her inventive accompaniment to traditional tunes and more recently for her own compositions.

Laoise has performed and recorded with the foremost artists in Irish music from The Chieftains to Kate Bush and on over 70 albums. She represented Ireland at the World Harp Festival in Paraguay.

Laoise was awarded TG4 Gradam Ceoil Musician of the Year 2020.

She is the director of the Achill International Harp Festival.