Last February the music of Laoise Kelly was celebrated in Belfast when she was named Ceoltóír na Bliana/Musician of the Year at Gradam Ceoil TG4 2020. 

In Kelly's lifetime, the image of the harp and the harpist has changed dramatically and the musical possibilities open to any young harpist today are huge - and she has been at the centre of that movement for the past twenty years.

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Her unique style of harp-playing makes her music instantly recognisable whether playing reels or re-interpreting tunes from old manuscripts.

In this interview with The Rolling Wave she talks about how a chance few weeks off led to her changing her whole playing technique, about the excitement of exploring the Bunting Collection, and about how much more should be done to celebrate the Irish harp in Ireland.