Founding member of Armagh Harpers’ Association, Senior All Ireland harp winner Patricia Daly has played a central role in raising an awareness of interest and in the revival of the Irish harp and building the self-confidence, self-trust and hope in the heart and soul of everyone she worked with.
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NEW SAMPLER EP FROM ‘MAJOR INDIVIDUAL ARTIST AWARD’ RECIPIENT-PATRICIA DALY
Recently honoured with the Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and holder of the Senior all-Ireland harping championship title, with a reputation that goes well beyond Ireland’s shores, Patricia Daly, is primarily known for her subtle and varied harp repertoire displaying all the skills acquired over several decades of researching arranging and playing traditional Irish music.
She makes available a special sampler EP – ‘The Artist’s Stroke’ featuring 6 songs from her forthcoming, as yet unreleased album. This album contains new and existing material compiled by Patricia during the past 5 years and is an album that absolutely glistens with quality!
Her recent ‘Major Individual Artist award’ from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland enables her to produce a new innovative show piece ‘Sunrise on Vicars’ Hill” which will be staged at the 10th aniversary Edward Bunting Harp Festival May 2010 thus taking her career to further new heights.
A RICH AND VARIED CAREER
Patricia has come a long way since she was singled out to perform at Drogheda as part of a trio playing to Pope John Paul II on his visit to Ireland in the late 70s.
Her hard-earned CCE All-Ireland Harping Title kick-started her solo career, and brought her initial recognition as an acting ambassador for the Irish traditional harp throughout Ireland and further afield.
Two teaching diplomas later – TTCT and ALCM (london College of Music) – she attended The Irish World Music Academy at the University of Limerick and completed a Master’s Degree in Irish Traditional Music Performance in 2001-02.
1987 was the date of her first recorded album – The Last Session – on which
Patricia and her brother Martin (tin whistle) paid tribute to their late brother, uilleann piper Paul Daly, whose playing is featured on the CD.
A POWERFUL ADVOCATE FOR THE HARP
If the last 50 years have seen a great revival in the popularity of the traditional Irish harp as Ireland’s national instrument, Patricia Daly is acknowledged today as having been at the forefront of that revival. She has inspired and touched many people through her passion for harp music, its heritage, and playing technique.
In September 1996, it was Patricia who founded the Armagh Harpers’ Association, whose primary aim is to promote awareness and appreciation of the Irish Harp. Through her commitment and passion for traditional Irish music, she continues to develop and implement different teaching programmes in local schools where she teaches and coaches effectively. It was in this context that Sounding Strings Magazine declared: “The harp is truly alive in Armagh and its surrounding area due to the tremendous dedication of Patricia Daly.”
It was Patricia who also provided the inspiration (and the hard work) for the initiation of the ever more popular annual Edward Bunting Harp Festival in Armagh. One of the highlights of the 2008 festival was a visit from TG4 to televise a solo harp recital given by Mary O’Neill, and to interview Patricia on the importance of the festival, the life and times of Edward Bunting, the technique and life style of the old harpers of the Gael.
APPLAUDED BY THE EXPERTS
Her efforts and talent have not gone unnoticed in the high places of Irish traditional music. Composer and broadcaster Dr. Micheál Ó Súilleabháin, founder of the Irish World Music Centre at the University of Limerick and one of Ireland’s best known musicians, praises Patricia as one who is “…reaching back through history and allowing her musical vision to find voice.”
Irish Music Magazine called her “one of Ireland’s most formidable harpers.” And her acclaimed and widely used tutoring manual, ‘The Irish Harp & Song Book’ (published in 2000), presenting her course of coaching for would-be harpers young and old, carries on its front cover the endorsement of no less a musical giant than Derek Bell, late harpist with the Chieftains.
In 2008 Patricia joined musicians and artists of many different nationalities from all over Northern Ireland to create a unique and inspiring CD to help raise funds for UNIFEM, the United Nations Development Fund for Women. Proceeds from the concert tickets and CD sales brought in £3700 for the “Say NO to Violence against Women” campaign.
PERFORMING… AND HELPING OTHERS TO PERFORM
Patricia’s performances have taken her to countries as diverse as Israel, Bulgaria, Scotland, Wales, Austria and France, on top of numerous workshops and recitals given at home. Her music can be heard regularly on various radio and TV programmes. She provides a warm and gracious musical ambience for many a corporate and private function all over Ireland.
A successful local teacher, she can peel back many layers within a pupil until she reaches through to their creative core. The result? confident, steady progress. The proof? her pupils are achieving recognition both locally and abroad for their competent playing style, and many of them are now professionals in their own right, performing, recording, composing and teaching.
HER EARLY, LARGELY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUMS
The Last Session (1987), Harping Daly (1998), The Rolling Wave (2004), and Inner Calm Wants for Nothing (2006)