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Kathleen Loughnane: Biography


Kathleen LoughnaneIrish music Meteor Award (2010) nominee Kathleen Loughnane is highly regarded for her work in arranging traditional Irish dance tunes and airs for the harp and also for researching the music of Irish harp composers of the 17th and 18th centuries. In 1990 she co-founded Dordan, whose mix of Irish and Baroque music has received widespread acclaim. Dordan received the National Entertainment award for traditional music in 1993. Kathleen has 4 CDs and accompanying books to her credit, Affairs of the Harp, Harping On, Harp to Heart and her most recent The Harpers Connellan.

She has taught in Ireland and at major festivals in the US, Japan and throughout Europe. She was invited to play at the World Harp Congress in Dublin in 1995. Her arrangements have appeared in various publications and feature on the Harp Syllabus of The Royal Irish Acadamy of Music.

Recent engagements

Invitation to attend a Bardic Conference at Princeton University to give a lecture /recital on the music of the harper composers of the 17th and 18th centuries

Invitation from Na Piobairí Uilleann to give the annual Breandán Breathnach lecture Jan 2011

Invitation to give a lecture recital on the music, life and times of the Connellan harpers at the 30th anniversary of the International Harp festival in Edinburgh – April2011

March 22nd to 25th Copenhagen concert and workshops

April 5th-9th Conservatoire de Vevey Switzerland concerts and workshops.

April 17th-21st Brussels with cor Cois Cladaigh

May 14th the MartinReilly lecture/recital lecture Galway

June/July summer schools, the International Harp festival at Termonfeckin co Louth,and the Willie Clancy School Milltown Malbay Co Clare

Concerts and workshops at the Catskills Irish Festival New York

Sept 13th Recital with Michael Longley and Bernard O Donoghue at the Clifden Arts Festival