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Eibhlís Ní Ríordáin

Eibhlís is from Fermoy, county Cork in the south of Ireland. Her deep interest in Irish heritage and Irish music has led her to research and perform the songs from the sean-nós (unaccompanied) song repertoire of the Waterford Déise, in the south-east of Ireland, for which she has won first prizes at the Oireachtas and the Fleadh (the two most important competitions in Ireland for traditional singing). Eibhlís is almost unique in researching and performing 17th- and 18th-century Irish harp songs: the much-neglected, seminal repertory normally now only heard as instrumental melodies, which she performs to her own accompaniment on a replica of a historic Irish harp, using historical harping techniques. Eibhlís’s understanding of the Irish language, her love of Irish traditional singing, and her expertise in early Irish harping makes her a unique resource for those interested in exploring evocative old Irish harp songs by Carolan and others. She is a music graduate of University College Cork, holds a Licentiate in Piano Teaching from Trinity College London and also holds a first-class honours MA in Women’s Studies.