Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn & Laoise Kelly are a duet of Irish harp and uilleann pipes; two very identifiable instruments of Ireland. The image and sound of these two instruments are quintessentially Irish in many respects. The sound of the two instruments are like echo chambers into the past.
The tunes On Ar Lorg Na Laochra, the new album from the duo, amongst others, are tunes that come from between 17th -19th centuries, mostly to be found in old manuscripts.
Laoise Kelly is from Westport, Co. Mayo. She has three critically acclaimed solo albums ‘Just Harp’ (1999), ‘Ceis’ (2010), and ‘Fáilte Uí Cheallaigh’ (2015), and ‘The Wishing Well’ (2010) a live duo album with fiddle player Michelle O’Brien. Laoise was a founding member of traditional group ‘Bumblebees’ with whom she recorded two albums (1997, 1999) and toured extensively internationally. Throughout her solo career she has recorded on over 60 albums with many of Ireland’s foremost artists including The Chieftains, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Dónal Lunny, Tommy Makem, Matt Molloy, Mary Black, Maighread & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Eimear Quinn as well as Kate Bush and American country/bluegrass icon Tim O’Brien.
Tiarnán is an award winning Uilleann Piper from Monaghan who started playing the Uilleann Pipes when he was around nine years of age in The Armagh Pipers Club. He has won 4 Fleadh Ceoil (Ist place) All-Ireland titles –and two Oireachtas titles.In January 2013, Tiarnán won the Seán O Riada Bonn Oir (Sean O Riada Gold Medal) competition.Tiarnan has been described by many as being one of the most influential pipers of his generation.
« Ó Duinnchinn’s precise articulate playing quickly explains his many awards. His mastery of the pipes is without question and leaves no doubt about the subtleties of his musical inventiveness.
Journal of Irish Music