Gráinne Hambly

Mayo musician Gráinne Hambly is an internationally recognised exponent of the Irish harp and is in constant demand both as a performer and teacher at home and abroad.

She began playing Irish music on tin whistle at an early age, moving on to the concertina and later the harp.

Gráinne has been performing professionally as a solo musician for the past 13 years, touring Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Brazil, Colombia, Israel, and Japan. She has also performed and tutored workshops and masterclasses in the U.S.

She has attracted glowing praise for her live performances and recorded material, which brilliantly showcase what has been described as her ‘absolute mastery of the Irish harp’. Known for the sensitivity and expressive quality of her air-playing, as well as her dynamic performance of dance tunes, Gráinne’s playing illustrates the full range and scope of this ancient instrument.

She has featured on a number of recordings and has released three critically acclaimed solo CDs plus a collaborative recording with Scottish harper William Jackson

She has a Masters in Musicology, from Queen’s University (in 1999). Her main research topic was folk music collections and the harp in 18th-century Ireland. She also completed the Graduate Diploma in Education (Music) at the University of Limerick.