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Laoise Kelly – Musician of the Year


Laoise Kelly is a vital force in Irish traditional music and in Irish harping. Her unique style combines original and modern techniques, enabling her melody playing to ring through in any ensemble. From Westport, in Mayo, and now living on Achill Island, Laoise, is a founding member of the band ‘Bumblebees’, she has collaborated with leading musicians across traditional music and beyond, and her work with Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn is a recent treasure.

She has appeared on scores of recordings, including her three solo albums and a wide range of theatre, TV and radio programmes. She directs the ‘Achill International Harp Festival’ which attracts the best exponents of the harp from traditions across the world, and is going from strength to strength. She approaches her life as a musician with a strong sense of social justice, a concern for the environment and a respect for our cultural heritage in all of its forms. Through her continuing presence at festivals worldwide, Laoise is a lively and skillful ambassador for our music. The gradam for Ceoltóir na Bliana 2020 goes to LAOISE KELLY.