Laoise Kelly

Laoise Kelly

Laoise Kelly 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 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. Her latest album release is "Ar Lorg na Laochra" with Monaghan Uilleann piper Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn.

Throughout her solo career she has recorded on over 60 albums with many of Ireland’s foremost artists including Seamus Heaney, The Chieftains, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Dónal Lunny, Tommy Makem, Matt Molloy, Tommy Peoples, Mary Black, Maighread & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, as well as Kate Bush and American country/bluegrass icon Tim O’Brien.

Laoise tours regularly with different collaborators. She has toured and performed globally and at festivals such as Womad, Celtic Connections, Celtic Colours, Tonder, Dranouter, Lorient, Milwaukee, Armagh Piping Festival and all major harp festivals in Europe.

She has performed for Irish Presidents Michael D. Higgins, Mary Robinson, Mary McAleese and for the twenty-five EU Heads of State and Presidents in Dublin. She has represented Ireland with the Irish Embassy in Nigeria, Ghana, Russia, Argentina, and is honored to have represented Ireland at the World Harp Festival in Paraguay.

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