Honoured with an M.A. in Music Performance from the University of Limerick, numerous Artist Awards from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and holder of the Senior All-Ireland Harping Title, with a reputation that goes well beyond Ireland’s shores, Patricia Daly, is primarily known as a Transformational Coach, Mentor and Performing Artist displaying skills acquired through years of research and playing music.
A RICH AND VARIED CAREER
Patricia Daly 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 C.C.E All-Ireland Harping Title kick-started her passion bringing her initial recognition as an acting ambassador for the Irish traditional harp throughout Ireland and further afield.
Two teaching diplomas later – [T.T.C.T and A.L.C.M] – she attended The Irish World Music Academy at the University of Limerick and completed a Master’s Degree in Music Performance in 2001-02.
Her first recorded album “The Last Session” was produced by Colum Sands in 1987
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, Patricia created and founded the Armagh Harpers’ Association, whose primary aim was to promote awareness and appreciation of the Irish Harp and help restore it to recognition.
Through her commitment and passion, she continues to develop and implement different coaching programs. “The harp is truly alive in Armagh and its surrounding area due to the tremendous dedication of Patricia Daly.” — Irish Music Magazine.
It was Patricia who also provided the inspiration (and the hard work) for the initiation of the fantastic Edward Bunting Harp Festival Armagh. One of the highlights of the 2008 EBHF 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 natural, 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)
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