All Ireland champion harper and singer, Patricia Daly, has been performing on the Irish traditional music circuit since the 1970s when she first became a member of the world renowned Armagh Pipers Club. She is a regular performer on the Irish festival and concert circuit and is currently working on her third CD of traditional music and songs, which is being produced by Robyn Robbins, formerly keyboards player with the Bob Seger Band, who now runs Mid Atlantic Digital Mastering Studio in Northern Ireland.
A highly qualified performer, teacher and researcher, Patricia is an authority on the Irish harp catalogue. She has many competition titles to her credit and in 2001 published a harp tutor, entitled "The Irish Harp and Song Book" (published by Armagh Harpers Association). This publication was officially launched by singer/songwriter Colum Sands summer 2001. This publication features a selection of Irish traditional dance music, O'Carolan Tunes, Original Compositions, Slow Airs and highlights a number of local songs from Patricia's home area. She is inclined to favour the local and unfamiliar songs. During Summer-song 2003, held in Rostrevor Co Down and led by singer/songwriter Fil Campbell and Tom McFarland, Patricia was introduced to the art of songwriting and the forthcoming months will reveal some of her hidden talents in that field.
In 2002 she completed her MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance from the University of Limerick and in 2003 she was instrumental in running the 7 month long Edward Bunting Irish Harp Festival which ran in many venues across Northern Ireland, at which she was also a key performer. This festival is now coming into it's 6th year running and is named after the great Armagh-born collector of harp music and song - Edward Bunting. Some of the other festivals she played at in 2003 include the Tommy Makem Festival in Armagh, the Terminfeckin Harp week in Co Louth, the Joe Mooney Festival in Co. Leitrim and the Baillyborough Arts Festival in Co Cavan. She was also featured in "Musical Traditions" on BBC TV Northern Ireland in March 2003 - (a programme showing the distinctive musical traditions in the North of Ireland).
Her most recent radio broadcast was August 2003 when she performed live from Armagh's Marketplace Theatre & Arts centre during the BBC Radio Ulster Road show for the 'Just Jones Show' and 'Arts Extra'. She also features regularly on Radio na Gaeltacht.
A personal highlight for Patricia was when she played at the re-dedication of St. Patrick's Cathedral Armagh where she along with Brian & Eithne Vallely performed during the Mass celebrated by Most Reverend SeÃ¡n Brady Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All-Ireland. President Mary McAlleese also attended this Rite of Dedication.
She frequently performs with top traditional musicians, like Kathleen Loughnane of DordÃ¡n, Gerry O'Connor of La Lugh and flute player Desi Wilkinson.
Being a founder member of the Armagh Harper's Association - established in 1996 she has through its weekly activities promoted the harp and singing. Her pupils range from seven years to adult hood and are tutored to a very high level of ability, regularly appearing in public performances throughout Ireland. Another highlight was when one of her advanced students was asked to play for President Mary McAlleese and other distinguished guests such as Professor MichÃ©al Ã“ Sulleabhain (Professor of music in the University of Limerick) and Nicholas Carolan (Irish Traditional Music Archive Dublin) at Queens University Belfast during Dr. Colette Maloney's launch of 'The Irish Music Manuscripts of Edward Bunting (1773 - 1843)'.
Patricia plans to focus mostly on her solo performing and recording career in the coming months.
For further information contact 028 3755 1087 or mobile 07763827368
Quote from the Irish Music Magazine.
"Patricia has done much over the years to enhance the status of the harp through her own playing and teaching the instrument. Harping has always been strong in the North and it's good to see the tradition being carried on through the work of the Armagh Harpers Association"
Quote from Irish News
"The harp is truly alive and booming in the Armagh area due to the tremendous work and determination of Patricia Daly"
Quote from Sounding Strings Harp Magazine.
"Patricia Daly is an All Ireland Champion harper who has produced a strong first CD of Irish songs and instrumental pieces. She is a very traditional performer and is accompanied on some tracks of Harping Daly by her brother Martin on Uilleann pipes or whistles. A nicely varied programme combining slow airs, songs and dance music."
Quote from German Student.
"...Patricia your book is fantastic. It has rabbits ears at this stage!I must be doing something right...Great eh?"
Check out the artist's website:
1. Vocals/O'Carolan Piece: The Next Market Day/Fanny Power
2. Reels: The Maids of Montcisco/The Moving Cloud
3. O'Carolan Piece: Carolan's Concerto
4. Vocals: On the banks of a river near Blackwatertown
5. Slow Air: Falling Leaves
6. Reel: Lady Ann Montgomery
7. Vocals: Belfast Mill
8. Slow Air: The Last Note
9. Reels: McFadden's Handsome Daughter/St. Anne's
10. Vocals: Do me justice
11. Slow Air: Oh love lie beside me
12. Clan March: The song of the chanter
13. Vocals: The Roseville Fair
14. Slow Air/O'Carolan Piece: Mo Mhuirnin Ban/Charles O'Connor
15. Vocals: Donal Og