CORMAC DE BARRA
A native of Dublin, Cormac 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 also 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.
Aisling Lyons is a multi-award winning harpist & concertina player from County Clare. Aisling comes from a family who are steeped in the tradition of Irish music, song & dance. Aisling is holder of 8 All-Ireland titles. An experienced performer, Aisling has played individually, with her family and with groups at home in Ireland & abroad. She has performed at Sidmouth & Whitby Folk Festivals in the UK, Shetland, Norway, France, Germany, USA, China, Canada & Australia. Aisling graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Irish Music from The University of Limerick in 2018 & also holds a Grade 8 award with Distinction from London College of Music. She is currently studying for her Masters Degree in Music Education at The Irish World Academy of Music & Dance at The University of Limerick where she is the current harp tutor. www.aislinglyonsmusic.com
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