Eibhlís Ní Ríordáin is at the forefront of the current revival movement to rediscover, and perform, the important but largely unknown harp song repertoire of the 18th-century Irish harpers. She is almost unique in singing these songs while accompanying herself on a copy of an 18th-century Irish wire-strung harp and using historical Irish harping techniques.
A native of Co. Cork, now living in Co. Wicklow, Eibhlís is a music graduate (University College Cork), prize-winning sean-nós singer, early Irish harpist, composer, arranger and music educator.
For her sean-nós singing, Eibhlís won Corn Mháire Nic Dhonnachadha at the Oireachtas (2016) and was also a finalist in at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in 2017 & 2018.
For the past number of years, the Historical Harp Society of Ireland has invited Eibhlís to perform in concert and to teach harp songs at ‘Scoil na gCláirseach – Festival of Early Irish Harp’, Kilkenny.
Eibhlís was recently (October 2020) awarded a Traditional Arts Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland, to research, reconstruct and develop her repertoire of the harp songs, performed or composed by the 18th-century female harpers, which are contained in Edward Bunting’s field transcription notebooks (and held in the Bunting Collection at Queen’s University, Belfast).