Madeleine Doherty an Irish harpist on tour in the US, in what has become an annual promotion of her work with Harps for Healing and her own music. She will be playing inside Donegal Square and then later at McCarthy's, starting at 2PM.
Trained as a Celtic harpist / singer in Ireland, Madeleine won a scholarship to study classical music in the US where she studied concert harp.
As a solo artist she has toured Europe, the US and the Caribbean and has recorded for radio and television in Ireland, France, Germany Belgium and America.
Madeleine is a freelance concert harpist and singer. She plays both celtic and concert harp. Her Little Big Blue concert harp was made by Camac , the well-known French harp manufacturers.
Madeleine works with other musicians, recording both in Ireland and abroad and was a long time member of the RTE Philharmonic Choir. Projects include harp improvisations on film scores for India's most exciting groundbreaking composer A R Rahman (whose film score for the film Slumdog Millionaire won a Golden Globe). She has also worked with Jimmy MacCarthy whose songwriting hits include Mystic Lipstick, Ride On, No Frontiers and The Contender. She has written original music to accompany poetry, backing music for a dramatic monologue and musical interpretations of rhythm using improvisation.
Founder of Harps for Healing
Harps for Healing is a voluntary program in Ireland, providing harpists and harpists/singers to play in healthcare settings to facilitate the healing and wellbeing of the sick and their carers. Madeleine started this program as a result of her personal experiences playing for the sick and those in transition.
For Madeleine, providing harp music in health care settings is an important element of her work. The program, like many of its kind in Ireland, is not funded and depends solely on contributions from host centres. So, Madeleine travels with her music, to raise awareness and much needed funds to keep it going. What you might call an "O'Carolan Initiative"
For More Information on Madeleine, visit her website at: www.madeleinedoherty.ie