Eileen Gannon and Bernadette Nic Gabhann
Bernadette Nic Gabhann: From a musical family in Ashbourne, Co. Meath Ireland, Bernadette Nic Gabhann learned to play fiddle from her father Antóin, a well known Co. Cavan fiddle player. Her mothers dancing side of the family hail from Co. Clare. Bernadette participated in Fleadhanna Cheoil throughout her youth as a member of Trim Comhaltas. She then travelled the world playing fiddle and promoting Irish Arts.
As Fiddle player with Troupe 2 of Michael Flatleys Lord of the Dance, Bernadette toured through North America & Canada, & performed in Alaska and South Korea. She was fiddle player with Gaelforce Dance who toured Eastern Europe and Taiwan , & spent a summer with Irish Thunder, a dance show based in Busch Gardens theme Park in Williamsburg, Virginia USA.
At her home in Meath, RTE Radio1 broadcast Céilí House live on the first Saturday of the year for the past 20+ years. Bernadette presented an episode of Geantraí for TG4 from The Becks, a bar north of Ashbourne. This was during a time of a weekly session with Joe Ryan & Roger Sherlock RIP.
In 2009, she recorded Home Away from Home with the acclaimed transatlantic group NicGaviskey. Bernadette enjoys playing with her many American musical friends across the pond, & has spent time in St Louis in recent summers. It was during summer 2016 that she sat down with harpist & friend Eileen Gannon, and recorded most of this CD. Bernadette now lives in Dublin where she teaches & performs at various events.
Eileen Gannon has been lighting up the St. Louis music scene for many years. Eileen, a St. Louis native, is one of the top Irish harp players in the world. She has won numerous accolades including the highly coveted Senior Harp title at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (World Irish Music Championships). She has a bachelors degree in Music Performance from St. Louis University and a masters degree in Ethnomusicology from University of Limerick. Eileenhas toured and performed all over the world and is a regular tutor at international festivals like the Catskills Irish Arts Week, and Scoil Eigse. Eileenalso represented Ireland at World Expos in 2010 in Shanghai, China and in 2015, in Milan, Italy. This summer, Eileen will launch herdebutsolo CD, The Glory Days Are Over.
Eileen studied classical harp with Laura Hearne and spent most of her summers growing up studying with various harp masters in Ireland. Many of Eileens students have now won honors in All-Ireland competitions. She also holds the TTCT teachingcertificate awarded byComhaltas Ceoltoiri Eirreann. Eileen was a member of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and has performed with the Clayton and University City Symphony Orchestras. Eileenhas also appeared with the Musical Diversions Society Orchestra and the St. Louis Womens Chorale.While studying in Ireland, Eileen taught at the Limerick Municipal School of Music and performed regularly at Dromoland and Bunratty Castles.
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