Laoise Kelly & Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn
Beautiful music from renowned traditional musicians who have travelled the world with their music; harpist Laoise Kelly from Achill and Uilleann piper Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn from Monaghan.
Laoise Kelly & Tiarnan Ó Duinnchinn are a rare duet of Irish Harp and Uilleann Pipes; two very identifiable instruments of Ireland. The image and sound of these two instruments are quintessentially Irish in many respects, like echo chambers into the past.
Kelly, from Mayo, and Ó Duinnchinn, from Monaghan, have performed together for many years, and are leading, influential exponents of their respective instruments.
“Despite their individual brilliance these musicians pay tribute to previous generations in their duo recording Ar Lorg na Laochra.” – The Living Tradition
Laoise Kelly from Westport, Co. Mayo, now living on Achill Island, is regarded as the most significant harper of her generation – Nuala O’Connor. 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 director of the new Achill International Harp Festival, encompassing her role as musical director of music Suites Sraith Oileán Acla, Mayo-Breton & Ireland-Galicia collaborations.
Laoise was a founding member of traditional group Bumblebees with whom she recorded two albums and toured extensively. She is a founding member of Fiddletree a group from America, Cape Breton and Scotland who play 8 instruments made from the same tree-they have two albums to date.
Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn is an award winning Uilleann Piper from Monaghan who started playing the Uilleann Pipes when he was around nine years of age in The Armagh Pipers Club. He has won 4 Fleadh Ceoil (Ist place) All-Ireland titles –and two Oireachtas titles.
Tiarnán has being touring and performing professionally on a regular basis since 1995 both as a member of various bands and as a solo performer. His music has taken him to Europe, United States, Asia, Africa, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Australia.
Tiarnan has been described by many as being one of the most influential pipers of his generation.
“ Ó Duinnchinn’s precise articulate playing quickly explains his many awards. His mastery of the pipes is without question and leaves no doubt about the subtleties of his musical inventiveness.” – Journal of Irish Music