Playing for the dancers

I was delighted to play at the recent Damhsa evert involving some of the wonderful Riverdance and Gaelforce dancers in the Hilton Hotel in Dublins Ballsbridge. I was performing with the very talented Robbie, a stunning bodhran player from Dublin who is part of the band ‘Perfect Friction.’ The best thing about playing for an international audience is their appreciation of Celtic Music and in particular, harp and voice together on the harp.

Soundchecking with the dancers ahead of the nights performance

Soundchecking with the dancers ahead of the nights performance

After we played for an hour or two, we were joined on stage by the dancers, in all making for a memorable evening. It reminded me of being on tour with the dancing troops (I’m lucky to have played for some of the best dancers out there), and playing music for the dancing tours I did; dancers are such fun and bring a tremendous energy to any performance. I’d love to do another dancing show in the future as visually, it makes for a much for textured show in general and you can tell a much more layered story when you can portray emotion and voice through movement.

The dancers

The dancers

Harfish, not harpist!

Harfish, not harpist!

A funny misspelling of Harpist. Harfish!