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International Festival for Irish Harp: Tradition Live

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Tradition Live with Una Monaghan, Anne-Marie O’Farrell, Cormac de Barra (harps) with Eamonn de Barra (flute)

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Úna Monaghan is a harper, composer, and sound artist from Belfast, Ireland. Her recent work has combined traditional music with bronze sculpture, sound art and movement sensors. Her compositions have been presented on BBC and RTÉ television and radio, in theatre productions, and at international festivals and conferences, such as the International Computer Music Conference, York Festival of Ideas, and Belfast Festival at Queen’s. Úna is co-founder of Quiet Music Night, an evening dedicated to performing quiet music of all genres, especially new and experimental music. Úna curates the JamJar series of contemporary and experimental music for Moving On Music in Belfast. She also works as a sound engineer specializing in Irish traditional music, and experimental, live electronic and multichannel music, a role in which she travels worldwide.

Anne-Marie O’Farrell is a leading harpist of her generation, who has significantly extended the boundaries of what was considered possible on the Irish or lever harp, broadening its repertoire and chromatic range. On pedal harp she has brought the instrument into new contexts, in contemporary and improvised music, by expanding its chamber repertoire through her composition, and with her continued transcription of repertoire new to the pedal harp. As a composer, Anne-Marie is widely recognised for her immediacy of communication and is equally at home writing for orchestra, choir and voice as she is in writing for multi-genre instrumentalists. She has won numerous composition awards including the BBC Baroque Remixed Composition Competition and has been awarded a PhD in composition from Queen’s University Belfast, where she studied with Piers Hellawell.

Cormac de Barra is a third generation harper in a family of traditional Irish musicians and singers. He first studied with his grandmother Róisín Ní Shé in Dublin and went on to study concert harp in the USA. He has recorded and performed with his family group Barcó and with musicians such as Anne-Marie O’Farrell, Máire Breatnach, Moya Brennan, Julie Feeney and Hazel O’Connor. Cormac has also found time to work as a television presenter over the years having presented the award-winning traditional music series Flosc on TG4 and IMEALL.

Éamonn de Barra began to play music at a young age under the instruction of his uncle Seán Ó Tuama. He comes from one of the most musical homes in Dublin, where his family has a long tradition of music. Éamonn won the Young Traditional Musician of The Year Award in 2000 and is a member of the critically acclaimed traditional band Slide who have received a number of awards for their work. He has toured Europe, North America, Australia and Japan extensively. Artists Éamonn has recorded with or collaborated include Slide, Damien Dempsey, Moya Brennan, Brian Eno, Sinead O'Connor, Marcia Howard, Geraldine MacGowan and Hazel O'Connor.

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