ALISON BOYD - CELTIC HARPIST

ALISON BOYD - CELTIC HARPIST

Celtic harpist & multi instrumentalist, Celtic, Irish and Australian bush bands available.

Baulkham Hills, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Alison provides soothing harp music creating a peaceful atmosphere, perfect for weddings and intimate functions. Specialising in Celtic & Australian music her repertoire expands out to include many other styles including Celtic covers of popular songs.

She can provide anything from solo harp through to a 4 piece band playing Irish & Australian music (traditional & modern) to get you dancing & singing along. Alison has performed both nationally and internationally for weddings, parties, festivals, concerts, community events, Irish sessions, amusement parks, cruise ships, private and corporate functions, tourists, fundraisers, bush dances and Ceili nights. She played in Sydney Town Hall at a reception for the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese.

Alison also plays:- Irish whistle Flute Piano Accordion Bodhran Keyboards Bouzouki Vocals “Heard you at the Rocks doing some Irish tunes. Your combination of whistle & guitar is fantastic. I have not heard the whistle played like this before - so fast & rhythmic, cheerful & hypnotic.” “terrific-good live entertainment-toe tapping stuff!!” “..thank you and your band for your beautiful & lively music on our wedding day. We still have some of the music, singing & dancing on our video so we will enjoy it for years to come.”

Alison Boyd - Bio

Originally from Belfast, Alison is a very accomplished musician. She is a classically trained flautist & pianist and has performed in Ireland, Europe & the South Pacific, & in folk clubs and festivals around Australia.  Alison also teaches whistle, and bodhran and has run teaching workshops at several festivals. She has also been involved in organising several festivals including the "St Albans Folk Festival", and the "Celtic Music Festival at the Mean Fiddler," and runs Boyd's Irish Music Agency.

Multi- Instrumentalist

Alison plays:-

harp,

tin whistles,

low whistles,

  • piano accordion
  • flutes (wooden and classical),
  • bodhran,
  • keyboard,
  • percussion,
  • bouzouki
  • vocals

As well as performing as a solo artist, Alison also plays with Celtic Fire              

Alison has played in many bands over the years, including :-

  • The shamROCKers
  • The Sydney Scottish Fiddlers
  • Scotch & Dry
  • Beat around the bush band
  • The Bush Bandicoots

Recordings

  • She has been recorded on several CDs including
  • Step it Out - Celtic Fire
  • Bodhran Practice" CD - Alison Boyd
  • the Railway Session,
  • Music at the Shamrock
  • David Zaoui's "A Mystery",
  • "A swagful of songs - the Bush Bandicoots,"

Venues where I / we have played include:-

  • Sydney Town Hall - St Patrick's Day Reception for the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese.
  • Top of Centrepoint Tower - Sydney
  • Norfolk Island
  • Ireland
  • Mission Beach, QLD
  • Cruise ships
  • Mean Fiddler Irish Pub (ongoing residency for over 4 years)
  • Penrith Gaels - Irish Club
  • P.J. Gallaghers - Irish Pub - Church St, Parramatta
  • Church St Mall Amphitheatre, Parramatta
  • Macquarie Shopping Centre,
  • Oakville House
  • The Rocks Square
  • The Roundhouse - University of NSW
  • Nudist Resorts
  • National Parks
  • Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens
  • Mamre Homestead, Mamre Rd, St Marys
  • Wonderland Sydney
  • Norman Lindsay Gallery
  • Fairfield City Farm
  • White Cliffs Hotel
  • Wilcania

 

Festivals / Events where I have taught / performed

  • St Patricks Day Parade / Celebrations - Sydney (2003 - 2006)
  • St Albans Folk Festival (1998 - 2006)
  • Australian Celtic Festival - Glen Innes (2001 - 2005)
  • Uranquinty Folk Festival - (2002 - 2005)
  • Coastfest - Gosford - 2005
  • Temora Oktoberfest - 2005
  • Cherry Festival - Young (2005)
  • Lambing Flat Festival - Young (2005)
  • Celtic Festival Teralba (2002 -  2004)
  • Illawarra folk Festival (Jamberoo) (2003, 2004)
  • National Folk Festival, Canberra (2002, 2004)
  • Battle of Vinegar Hill Commemoration - Sydney (2004)
  • Fleadh Ceol at the Mean Fiddler (2003, 2004)
  • Parc Menai Celtic Festival (2003, 2004)
  • Umina Beach Folk Festival (2003, 2004)
  • Patonga Festival (2001, 2002)
  • Various Council & Community Festivals

Alison Boyd – Harp repertoire

This is by no means a full list but it will give you a good idea of what I / we can do.

Irish / Celtic

  • ArranBoat                             
  • Briget O’Malley                     
  • Carolan’s Dream                             
  • Carolan’s welcome                 
  • Carolans ramble to Cashel     
  • Carrickfergus                                             
  • Clergy’s Lamentation             
  • Danny boy 
  • DarkIsland, the
  • Fanny Power                          
  • Green Fields of Gaothdobhair
  • Green glens of Antrim  
  • Hills of Glenorchy
  • Lady Marian (Clannad)                    
  • Mary from Dungloe                
  • Morfa’r Frenhines (the Queen’s Marsh)    
  • Only our rivers run free
  • Planxty Irwin
  • Rosbif Waltz                          
  • Saely Kelly
  • Shearin’s no for you, the        
  • Si bheag, si mor  
  • Six Ribbons                            
  • Slane                                        

Religious(ancient Celtic hymn tunes)

  • Slane
  • Clonmacnoise
  • Moville

Classical

  • Canon – Pachelbel
  • Jupiter from the Planet Suite – Holst
  • Largo – from the New World – Dvorak

Modern songs

Many modern songs can be adapted ….. I have had brides walk down the aisle to Eric Clapton, & Guns’n roses played on the harp.

Talk to me and we’ll see what is possible.

And many many more……….


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