Artist Bios

Reidun Schlesinger

Belgian-born Reidun Schlesinger has played Irish Harp since 1989, and cross-strung chromatic harp since 1999. Classical harp training in Liège, Belgium, and Musical Education studies at Musikhochschule Aachen, Germany. Teaching activity: regular workshops for Irish harp in Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands and France; teaching harp & Irish music in Kerry via Reidun’s Harp Centre. Performing: played with several folk/trad bands in Belgium (Amorroma/Les Tisserands, CD & DVD projects) & Germany. Living in Kerry since 2008. Duo with uilleann piper Barry Lynch, now duo with Paul de Grae (Amala). Publishing: “Mein Schlaues Harfenbuch”, tutor for Irish harp (120 pages with CD, in German);  “My Little Irish Harp Book – First Steps Made Easy for the Young Beginner” (English). Read More

Paul de Grae

Paul de Grae is a Dublin-born guitarist and occasional singer, living in Kerry for many years. He has recorded with Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch, The Smoky Chimney, Aoife Ní Chaoimh & Paudie O’Connor, Eoin Duignan and others. In 1989 he published “Traditional Irish Guitar”, the first such tutor, re-issued by Ossian in 1996 with a companion CD. He contributed several articles, including most of the entry on “guitar”, to The Companion to Irish Traditional Music, edited by Fintan Vallely. He has a particular interest in the music of Sliabh Luachra, plays regularly at sessions, concerts and festivals throughout Ireland (particularly in Kerry, Cork and Clare) and teaches guitar workshops in Ireland, the USA and France. He is engaged in an ongoing research project on the music collector Francis O’Neill, and has written and lectured on the subject. He is a founder member of the North Kerry Traditional Music Archive. His latest project is the duo Amala, with harpist Reidun Schlesinger. Read More