William Jackson and Grainne Hambly

Internationally known harper and composer William Jackson has been a major force in Scottish Music for many years. As a founding member of the band Ossian (1976-1989) he was part of the revival of traditional music in Scotland in the 70's and 80's, and became known as an innovative composer, using a mix of traditional and classical musicians in such acclaimed works as The Wellpark Suite (1985), A Scottish Island (1998) and Duan Albanach (2003). Touring extensively in Europe and North America he gained a reputation as a fine performer of traditional music featuring the Scottish harp, and also as a teacher. William is also a trained Music Therapist (Guildhall) and has worked in that area since 1993 in both Scotland and the USA. Apart from his Scottish background William has also been influenced by Irish music in his compositions, as both his paternal grandparents were from Co Donegal, Ireland, and he spent a great deal of his childhood there.

Gráinne Hambly comes from County Mayo in the west of Ireland, and is a music graduate of Queen's University Belfast. She began to play traditional Irish music on tin whistle at an early age, before turning to the concertina and later the harp. Over the past few years, Gráinne has toured extensively throughout Europe and the United States. She is also a qualified teacher of traditional Irish music and is in great demand at summer schools and festivals both in Ireland and abroad. Grainne has featured on a number of recordings and has released three solo harp CDs - Between the Showers (1999), Golden Lights and Green Shadows (2003) and The Thorn Tree (2006).

Gráinne and William first performed together in October 2004. Since then they have toured extensively in the USA giving concerts and workshops, as well as performing at several international harp festivals. They have both released a number of solo CDs, but "Music from Ireland and Scotland" is their first collaborative recording. It features of variety of Irish and Scottish airs and dance tunes, some dating back to the 17th and 18th century harp repertoire as well as recent compositions, performed on harps, concertina, whistle and bouzouki.

Link to William Jackson's website
Link to Grainne Hambly's website