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International Festival for Irish Harp: Gráinne Meyer and Aoife Blake

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The Tholsel

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Rising Harp Stars at The Tholsel: Gráinne Meyer and Aoife Blake

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Gráinne Meyer, an accomplished performer on concert harp who hails from Toomebridge, Co. Antrim. She has recently completed a postgraduate diploma in classical and Irish traditional music at the TU Dublin conservatoire of music and previously received an honours music degree from the University of York, where she was awarded the Thomas Beecham scholarship for performance.

Gráinne performs regularly as principal harpist with the Ulster Orchestra and has recorded for BBC on both harp and piano. She is a performer for the Live Music Now' scheme which facilitates performances in the community for older people and children with special educational needs. She has performed for HRH the Prince of Wales on his last two visits to Northern Ireland, and at the Edinburgh and Wales international harp festivals and the Lorient Festival Interceltique in Brittany. She has recently featured as a soloist at the BMS International Festival of Chamber music. Gráinne has won multiple All Ireland and Ulster medals. As well as performing, Gráinne is in demand as a teacher and is harp tutor for City of Belfast School of Music, Glengormley School of traditional Music, Dun Uladh, Omagh Comhaltas and Ceoltoiri Crosskeys. Gráinne is also musical director of the award winning Elver Harp Ensemble and the Comhaltas Mind and Music Orchestra.

Aoife Blake is a harper / singer / fiddle player based in Cork. Her passion for traditional music developed in her childhood in Co. Galway, on into her time at UCC studying Music and Gaeilge and later at CIT Cork School of Music, meeting musicians from across Ireland and beyond. Her style has been influenced by such musicians, teachers, and sessions along the way. In 2019 she graduated from CSM with the award of MA in Music Performance, having played her last two masters concerts to a packed-out audience, one in the Stack Theatre (CSM) and the other at the beautiful Goldie Chapel (Nano Nagle Place). Although rooted in Irish music, she takes influence from other music traditions, especially Old-Time and Scottish music. Her arrangements reflect her love for the purely traditional, as well as more contemporary sounds.

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