Duets at the Well - Laoise Kelly & Tiarnan O’Duinnchinn
Laoise Kelly & Tiarnán O Duinnchinn, harper and piper respectively, have achieved levels of excellence and mastery realised by only a very few musicians. They are regarded by many in the same light as the giants they invoke in their album title, On The Shoulders of Giants.
From Westport, harpist Laoise Kelly has three critically acclaimed solo albums to her name; ‘Just Harp’ (1999), ‘Ceis’ (2010), and ‘Fáilte Uí Cheallaigh’ (2015), as well as ‘The Wishing Well’ (2010) - a live duo album with fiddle player Michelle O’Brien. Throughout her solo career she has recorded on over sixty albums with many of Ireland’s foremost artists including The Chieftains, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Dónal Lunny, Tommy Makem, Matt Molloy, Mary Black, Maighread & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Eimear Quinn as well as Kate Bush and American country/bluegrass icon, Tim O’Brien.
She has toured and performed all over the world, including Africa, Japan, Russia, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, the US and Canada, and at festivals such as Womad, Celtic Connections, Celtic Colours, Tonder, Dranouter, Lorient, Milwaukee and Armagh Piping Festival. She has performed for Irish Presidents Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese; HRH Prince Andrew and for twenty-five EU heads of state and presidents in Dublin.
Described by many as being one of the most influential pipers of his generation, Monaghan-born Tiarnán has won four Fleadh Ceoil All-Ireland titles, two Oireachtas titles and the Seán O’Riada Bonn Oir competition. His music has taken him all over the world and he has performed with musicians such as Tommy Peoples, Paul O Shaughnessy, Brian Finnegan, Niall and Cillian Vallely to name a few. Tiarnán toured extensively with Máire Ní Bhraonáin (Clannad) and has recorded two albums with Máire. He has also performed as a guest on many television shows over the years as well as presenting radio and television programmes for BBC, RTE and TG4.
“An exuberant and innovative talent which catches the spirit of the modern Irish music movement in a way that few harpers have done to date” - Irish Music Magazine
“Laoise Kelly is a young harpist with the disposition of an iconoclast and the talent and technique of a virtuoso.” - Irish Times
‘An alumunus of the vigorous Armagh Pipers Club, Tiarnan O’Duinnchinn is a masterly uilleann piper, whose fineness of taste and teachnical accomplishment summon forth all the expresive magic in the music of his native Monaghan.’ - Piping Today August 2008
‘His technical command of the instrument is most impressive, particularly in the crispness of his close-fingering ornaments. He always appears to use his remarkable technical range strictly for musical ends.’ -Celtic Grooves, U.S.A