If you're interested in hearing the best in traditional Irish dance
music on the harp, and you live in the greater Philadelphia metro area,
you may want to check out this concert:
PALMYRA: The South Jersey Irish Society is hosting a concert of
traditional Irish music featuring McDermott’s Handy and All-Ireland
champion harper Grainne Hambly on Thursday, September 10 at the Knights
of Columbus Hall on River Road in Palmyra from 7:30 to 9:30 pm.
Admission is $7.
Grainne Hambly, a noted Irish harper from Claremorris, County Mayo, is
on a short U.S. tour and this will be her only New Jersey concert
appearance. Hambly has won a number of prestigious harp competitions. In
1994, with only 4 years playing experience, she won the renowned harp
competition at Keadue and then the Granard Harp Festival in 1995. She
won the All-Ireland championship (like the Olympics for traditional
music in Ireland), a significant accomplishment, for both concertina and
harp in 1994. She has a recording called "Ceol na Meala." She is an
original member of the well-known Belfast Harp Orchestra, which has the
Grammy award-winning CD "Celtic Harp" recorded with the Chieftains. She
is also a member of the National Folk Orchestra and the folk group
Clarsheree. Grainne has traveled the US and Britain as part of the
Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann concert tour and she has toured Europe,
opening for internationally known harpist Rudiger Oppermann.
McDermott’s Handy is a local band from Voorhees, County Camden and is
Kathy DeAngelo and Dennis Gormley. The husband/wife duet have been
performing traditional Irish music together since 1978. Kathy plays
plays Celtic harp, fiddle, banjo and bodhran and Dennis plays flute,
guitar, bouzouki, and tinwhistle. They sing in both English and Irish
and have an album entitled "Come Take the Byroads". Dennis and Kathy
have a strong local following and regularly host the Irish music session
held at Café Seattle Thursdays in Haddonfield.
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