An afternoon of music from harpers Gráinne Hambly and William Jackson – this performance will include a selection of Irish and Scottish tunes, as well as pieces from their ‘Music of Mayo’ programme (presenting tunes associated with the county from the 17th century onwards), performed on harps, concertina, whistle and bouzouki. They will also be joined by the Music Generation Mayo Harp Ensemble for some selections.
Gráinne Hambly from Mayo Abbey is an internationally recognised exponent of the Irish harp, and is in great demand as a performer and teacher, both in Ireland and abroad. She has attracted glowing praise for her live performances and recorded material, and also plays concertina.
Originally from Glasgow and now living in Mayo, William Jackson was a founding member of Ossian, one of Scotland’s best-loved traditional bands. In addition to being a renowned harper and multi-instrumentalist, he has gained an international reputation as a composer of music combining traditional and classical elements. William is also a trained Music Therapist. As a duo, Gráinne and William have toured extensively in Europe and the USA, and they have released a joint CD.
This performance will include a selection of Irish and Scottish tunes, as well as pieces from their ‘Music of Mayo’ programme (presenting tunes associated with the county from the 17th century onwards), performed on harps, concertina, whistle and bouzouki.
MUSIC GENERATION MAYO launched a new Harp Ensemble, for young harpers aged 10-18 years. in Co. Mayo in June 2017. The Harp Ensemble operates under the musical direction of Gráinne Hambly and William Jackson, acclaimed musicians and composers with many years of experience performing worldwide. The ensemble provides an opportunity for harp students from throughout the county to work together on collective pieces and partake in performance opportunities. It also allows them to experience ensemble playing and provides a social opportunity to meet fellow harpers. Their debut performance took place in November 2017 at the Music Generation Tionól for harps and pipes in Portlaoise, followed by a performance at the Town Hall Westport for National Harp Day which was very well received.