Aisling Lyons, multi-award winning musician & composer from County Clare has been described as ‘one of traditional music’s finest musicians’ by Hot Press Magazine & 'the finest Irish harper at work today' by Songlines Magazine after the release of her debut album ‘Aistear’.
She is the holder of 8 All-Ireland titles & has performed all around the world, from Europe to The U.S, Australia & China. Aisling graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Irish Music from The University of Limerick in 2018 & with First Class Honours as a Professional Master of Education in 2021. She holds a Grade 8 award with Distinction from the London College of Music & currently tutors harp at The Irish World Academy, Limerick & at University College Cork.
Aisling is currently involved in a collaborative music residency with glór & Creative Ireland (2022) while touring and recording with bands '3 on the Bund' and 'Harpanno'. She has been described as ‘one of the rising stars and budding composers of the Irish harp world – rooted in tradition and beautifully inventive’.
In 2021, Aisling collaborated with artist Aideen Barry, on ‘Oblivion’ commissioned by Music Network and the Irish Traditional Music Archives & also performed with Tolu Makay on RTÉ's 'Ireland in Music' & for Michael D. Higgins' 80th Birthday Celebrations on TG4. Aisling’s debut album ‘Aistear’, supported by Clare County Council, was released in 2021 and has been described as ‘an exceptional CD’ (The Living Tradition), ‘a standout record, flawless’ (Hot Press) & ‘excellent’ (Folk Radio UK).
Aisling Lyons, is without doubt, a child prodigy in the harping world - beautifully accomplished harper who will definitely challenge harp boundaries in the future.
John O'Connor - Custy's Music Shop
Aisling qualified as a Professional Master of Music Education in 2021 with First Class Honours. Aisling has over 10 years experience teaching both harp & concertina, groups, bands, duets, trios, céilí band drums, secondary school music & primary school level groups.
She is the current harp tutor at the University of Limerick, University College Cork and was the first teacher with the Clare Music Generation Harp Ensemble.
Aisling has taught masterclasses at various Irish & international summer schools including Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, Blas International Summer School, Tocane St. Apres (France), Milwaukee Irish Summer School (U.S.A), The Turning Wave Festival (Australia), Pat Kelly Summer School (Elmstein, Germany) & Proitze Muhle (Germany).
I am so glad to have taken part in an amazing harp class by Aisling Lyons. She is not only an excellent musician but also an outstanding teacher. She gave us so much to take along, think about, practice and experiment with. I also appreciated her PATIENCE with harp students who need time to process what they are learning (like me!)
Student at Pat Kelly Summer School - Elmstein, Germany
Performance at Lasta Festival
Aisling speaks about her upcoming 2021 album &
plays 2 original compositions
Aisling Lyons playing Harrington Harps
Performance at Clare Abbey, County Clare