My name is Elaine Hogan, a music maker from Co. Clare in the west of Ireland. I have loved and played music for as long as I can remember, training in both the classical and traditional genres. From a young age I have studied violin, flute, piano and harp, achieving a Diploma in Piano awarded by the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) and a Masters Degree in Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.
Over the years I have had the great fortune to travel with my harp. On visits to places like The United States, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Spain, New Zealand and Australia I have met the most extraordinary musicians, learning much from them and the vast and varied musicscapes along the way. But home will be always most special, and it is amongst my many great friends and wonderful musicians in the Irish traditional scene that I truly feel there.
I have worked with Shannon Heritage as their resident harpist for over ten years, performing at events throughout Ireland and nightly banquets at Bunratty, Knappogue and Dungaire Castles. I also provide musical services for occasions including weddings, civil and humanist ceremonies, baptisms, receptions and corporate events (more details on your occasion page).
I contribute as a tutor to various workshops, summer schools and at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. In this role I have had the great fortune to meet and play with musicians of all ages and backgrounds.
I am a current member of the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO).
The Shores of Lough Breda
Sheila Garry and I have recently released an album dedicated to the music and memory of the great Clare musician Paddy O’Donoghue, himself from the shores of Lough Breda near Tulla in East Clare. It is a great honour for us to be joined on this adventure by Paddy’s son, Cyril, who plays bouzouki. The album was officially launched by Áine Hensey at TradWeek 2015 in Ennis with follow-up events taking place in venues throughout the country.
Find out more about the album and events by visiting our Facebook page
Listen to the album via Spotify on my media page.
Album art is by the wonderful artist Philip Morrisson, who is based in Lahinch, Co. Clare.
Meitheal Summer School
I had a great week as Harp Tutor for the 2015 residential Meitheal Summer School in Limerick. Thanks to all involved! You can find out more at: www.tradweek.com
or on Facebook www.facebook.com/Meitheal1
Harpist with Fidget Feet's 'The Second Coming' at Celtic Connections 2014, Glasgow, performing alongside Michael McGoldrick, John Joe Kelly and Damien O’Kane
Harpist with The Chieftains for their performance to mark the historic visit of Queen Elizabeth II at the National Convention Centre in 2011
'The Dursey sound'
Harpist on an album of mainly original compositions by Castletownbere's John Dwyer