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Saturday, September 15, 2012

10/23/12 - House Concert - Gráinne Hambly and Billy Jackson - Irish and Scottish Harpists

*10/23/12 - House Concert - Gráinne Hambly and Billy Jackson - Irish & Scottish Harpists

Announcement: House Concert - Gráinne Hambly - Irish harpist extraordinaire and the well known Scottish harper and composer Billy Jackson

Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 7 PM
At the home of Larry Mallette and Therese Honey

Tickets: $20

Gráinne comes from County Mayo in the west of Ireland and is a music graduate of Queen's University Belfast. She began playing traditional Irish music on tin whistle at an early age, before turning to the concertina and later to harp.

For several years Gráinne has toured extensively throughout Europe and the United States. She is a qualified teacher of traditional Irish music and is in great demand as a performer and teacher at summer schools and festivals, both in Ireland and abroad.

Gráinne has been featured on a number of recordings and has released three solo harp albums - Between the Showers (1999), Golden Lights and Green Shadows (2003), and The Thorn Tree (2006). She recently released her first collaborative recording with Scottish harper William Jackson - Music from Ireland and Scotland (2009).

Internationally known harper and composer William Jackson has been a major force in Scottish Music for many years. As a founding member of the band Ossian (1976-1989) he was part of the revival of traditional music in Scotland in the 70's and 80's, and became known as an innovative composer, using a mix of traditional and classical musicians in such acclaimed works as The Wellpark Suite (1985), A Scottish Island (1998) and Duan Albanach (2003).

Touring extensively in Europe and North America he gained a reputation as a fine performer of traditional music featuring the Scottish harp, and also as a teacher. William is also a trained Music Therapist (Guildhall) and has worked in that area since 1993 in both Scotland and the USA. Apart from his Scottish background William has also been influenced by Irish music in his compositions, as both his paternal grandparents were from Co Donegal, Ireland, and he spent a great deal of his childhood there.

In conjuction with his concert work, lessons and workshops on Scottish music are offered, as well as presentations on his work in Music Therapy.

Seating is limited. Payment in advance is required to reserve a seat.
All proceeds go to the musician.
Make checks payable to Larry Mallette.

For address to mail payment or for further information on the concert, contact Larry: or Therese:


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