Laoise Kelly from Westport will perform at St Werburgh’s Church on Saturday, January 27, at 1pm as part of TradFest 2018. Laoise, now living on Achill Island, is regarded as the most significant harper of her generation.
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. She is a founding member of traditional group Bumblebees and also Fiddletree with whom she recorded two albums and toured extensively. Throughout her solo career she has recorded on some 60 albums with many of Ireland’s foremost artists, including Seamus Heaney, The Chieftains, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Dónal Lunny, Tommy Makem, Matt Molloy, Tommy Peoples, Mary Black, Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, as well as Kate Bush and American country/bluegrass icon Tim O’Brien. For the harp cognoscenti and for all lovers of musical virtuosity her performance will be hotly anticipated.
TradFest, Dublin's annual toe-tapping musical extravaganza is back with a resolution to help you banish those January blues at affordable prices. With lunchtime and evening shows as well as an exciting programme for children and families TradFest is back with a bang for 2018.