Traditional concert in Claremorris Library

Conradh na Gaeilge in association with Claremorris library will host a concert of traditional music on Thursday February 23 at 8.45pm. The concert will feature Gráinne Hambly and William Jackson.

Gráinne Hambly from Mayo Abbey is an internationally recognised exponent of the Irish harp, and is in great demand as a performer and teacher in Ireland and abroad. She has attracted glowing praise for her live performances and recorded material, which brilliantly showcase what has been described as her absolute mastery of the Irish harp. Gráinne Hambly is a music graduate of Queen's University Belfast and also plays concertina.

Originally from Glasgow, William Jackson was a founding member and creative tour de force of Ossian, which became one of Scotland's best-loved traditional bands. In addition to being a renowned harper and multi-instrumentalist, William has gained an international reputation as a composer of music inspired by both traditional and classical elements. He is also a trained music therapist, currently working at Cregg House, Sligo.

Gráinne Hambly and William Jackson first began performing together in 2004. Since then they have toured extensively in the USA and Europe, giving concerts and workshops, as well as performing at several international harp festivals including the International Harp Festival in Rio de Janeiro. They have both recorded a number of solo CDs, and released their first collaborative recording in 2009.

They will perform a mixture of Irish and Scottish music on harps, concertina, bouzouki, and whistle, including dance tunes, airs, and pieces from the 17th and 18th century harp repertoire.

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