Described as ‘one of traditional music’s finest musicians‘ by Hot Press Magazine, Aisling Lyons is a multi award-winning harper and composer from County Clare who has performed all around the globe. Aisling will perform with the acclaimed County Laois musician Dale McKay, with whom she founded the band Harpanno. Together they’ll share a blissful selection of music for harp, handpan (a new instrument which draws inspiration from Caribbean Steal Drums) and piano. Aisling and Dale will be joined on the night by members of the Music Generation Laois and Music Generation Clare harp ensembles, who have been collaborating with them on pieces of music originally written by Harpanno for their debut album Kickstarter campaign in September 2022.
The second half of this special Lá na Cruite | Harp Day celebration features long-standing collaborators, harper Elaine Hogan and fiddler player Sheila Garry. Known for their sensitive and soulful performances, Elaine and Sheila’s album of Paddy O’Donoghue compositions, The Shores of Lough Breda, has received widespread acclaim.