Hailing from Dingle, Co. Kerry, a multi-instrumentalist and singer, Deirdre studied both traditional and classical music from a young age. She has toured and performed extensively worldwide and has featured on Radio, commercial recordings and TV performances both solo and with other celebrated musicians including Kerry Chamber and Youth Orchestras, Aoife Granville, folk singing group; Deluce’s Patent and duo; Sirmione amongst others.
A music graduate from University College Cork and a MA performance graduate from University of Limerick. She has won numerous solo and group performance medals, including the first ever All-Ireland Senior Harp Slow Airs title at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.
Deirdre is a renowned harpist, flute player and singer and released her first solo album, Imram, a few years ago. She is a board member of Harp Ireland and a secondary school music teacher in Dingle. She recently completed an artistic residency at Centre Culturel Paris, where she composed and performed in Summer 2023. As well as being a recognized name in contemporary Irish harping, she has a particular interest in the Goodman Collection, slow air-playing and the music of the Blasket Islands where her family are originally from. Deirdre performs regularly with her sister Aoife, with whom she recently recorded duet tracks on Beauty an Oileáin, a collection of music and song from the Blasket Islands recorded by descendants of islanders. Deirdre is in demand as a tutor and performer at festivals at home and abroad and will be releasing a new duet album and solo album in 2024.
Instructor – Harp