About me

WHO I AM

As a freelance pedal and Irish harpist and singer, I have performed throughout Ireland, Europe, North America, Africa and Asia. I began my harp studies with the late Sr. Eugene McCabe at Mount Sackville School, Dublin, later studied with the renowned French harpist, Sebastien Lipman, and attended masterclasses with Professor Witsenberg and Han Ann Liu. In 1998, I graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an honours Degree in Music and Gaeilge and followed this with a Masters in Performance and Musicology. I lectured in music at St. Patrick’s College, DCU and was awarded a Foras Feasa fellowship to research a PhD on ‘The Music Association of Ireland: A Cultural and Social History’ (2012). My research has been published in a number of journals including, the Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, the Journal of Music Research Online and the American Harp Journal. I recently co-authored with my sister, Mary Louise O’Donnell, Sisters of the Revolutionaries: The Story of Margaret and Mary Brigid Pearse (Merrion Press 2017).

A diverse musician, I have performed with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and has appeared on stage with Andrea Bocelli, Sinead O’ Connor, The Chieftains, The Celtic Tenors, Tommy Fleming and Katherine Jenkins. I have appeared on several TV networks including, RTÉ, TG4, BBC, CNN and NHK (Japan). I was a director and honorary secretary of Cruit Éireann Harp Ireland, the recently established national umbrella organisation for the harp in Ireland. In 2019, I was appointed musician in residence with Fingal County Council.