20 May 2019

Second Semester Video Project

This semester I had the opportunity to make a few music videos using the university's cameras, audio gear, and editing software with support from the in-house video and audio team. The first two below are solo harp recordings of repertoire I've been working on over the last few months, and the third video is of a song arranged by Síle.

16 May 2019

Lissenhall Feis Cheoil

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of hearing many fantastic young musicians as an adjudicator at the Lissenhall Feis Cheoil. This event was a fundraiser in support of the wonderful Cuisle Harp ensemble. Check out the Cuisle Harp ensemble on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/cuisleharpensemble

4 May 2019

Final Performance Week at UL, Semester Two

From April 23rd to 26th, the masters students at the Irish World Academy had their final performances of the semester. I was very happy to perform with two songwriters, my trad ensemble, and three fellow trad MA students, in addition to my own solo trad MA performance. I was also involved in a premiere of an arrangement of Song of the Chanter for 12-piece traditional instrument ensemble by Ernesto Gongora. Some of the performances were very beautifully recorded and posted to YouTube. Check them out below! I've listed the performances I was involved in but all the MA performances in music and dance were fantastic and it's well worth checking out the Irish World Academy channel to see some of the rest of them too: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkORaD2EZDVXJ_9SHmjURMA 

solo performance, starting 23:10

with Olivia Budd at 0:30 and 10:10, and with Ernesto Gongora at 40:00

with Lizzy Hewitt and Rebecca McCarthy Kent at 34:10

with Cathy O'Toole and Neven Sebille Kernaudour at 1:00

13 April 2019

Lunctime Concert at Glór

Yesterday I joined Olivia Barrett (fiddle), Lizzy Hewitt (vocals), and Neven Sebille Kernadour (pipes, whistle, guitar) play a lunchtime concert at Glór in Ennis, County Clare. We played some traditional songs and tunes for a small but friendly audience!

21 February 2019

OBEY Convention XI

Despite New Hermitage being scattered across the globe, a new release went out on Monday! It is a live recording of our performance at OBEY Convention back in May. It is available to listen to and to order (cassette format) on bandcamp and should be coming to Spotify soon!

27 January 2019

Celtic Connections on Campus

This week, myself and two fellow students from the Irish World Academy traveled to Glasgow, Scotland to perform a short set as part of the lunchtime concert series Celtic Connections on Campus. Lizzy Hewitt (vocals), Olivia Budd (fiddle and vocals), and I formed a new band for the occasion - Síle! The performance was broadcast on Celtic Music Radio. Thanks to the Irish World Academy and Celtic Connections on Campus for making this trip to Scotland possible!

Síle's debut 

Lizzy, Ellen, and Olivia