Gráinne Hambly’s Studio2019-05-20T10:15:13-05:00

Welcome to Gráinne Hambly’s Studio

“I think people can get the most by thinking of the pieces as examples of what they can do with other tunes. …examples of what’s possible.”

Straight from County Mayo in the west of Ireland, Gráinne Hambly is in demand worldwide as an expert on Irish traditional music for the harp. (Scroll down to read more.)

Understanding Irish Style

Learning to Play by Ear

Níl na Lá—Part 1

In this introduction to playing by ear, Gráinne teaches the Irish tune Níl na Lá. Learn the melody in Part 1.

Níl na Lá—Part 2

In Part 2 of her introduction to playing by ear, Gráinne teaches how to add the left hand to the Irish tune Níl na Lá.

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Irish Rhythm and Modes

Irish Modes

Learn how to play the four traditional Irish modes.

Basic Irish Ornaments

The Cut

Learn how to play the "cut," one of the most basic Irish ornaments.

The Treble

More Irish technique tips


Learn Gráinne's technique for playing slides in Irish traditional music.

Grainne’s Hambly’s Irish Repertoire

Captain O’Kane

Learn to play "Captain O'Kane," a tune by the famous Irish bard Turlough O'Carolan.

Cúil Aodha

Learn to play the traditional Irish jig Cuíl Aodha.

Eibhlí Gheal Chiúin

Learn how to play the 17th century love song "Eibhlí Gheal Chiúin" ("Fair, Gentle Eily").

Highland March

Learn how to play the "Highland March" from the beggar's opera "Oscar and Malvina."

Mountain Lark

Learn to play the traditional Irish reel "Mountain Lark."

About Gráinne Hambly

Gráinne Hambly from County Mayo in the west of Ireland is an internationally recognized exponent of the Irish harp, and is in great demand as a performer and teacher, both at home and abroad. Gráinne started to play Irish music on the tin whistle at an early age, before moving on to the concertina and later the harp. She lived in Belfast for six years, where she completed a Masters Degree in Musicology, awarded by Queen’s University (in 1999). Her main research topic was folk music collections and the harp in 18th-century Ireland. She also completed the Graduate Diploma in Education (Music) at the University of Limerick.

Gráinne has been playing professionally as a solo musician for the past 13 years, and has performed on various occasions in Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Brazil, Colombia, Israel, and Japan, as well as touring extensively in the United States, giving concerts, workshops and masterclasses.

She has attracted glowing praise for her live performances and recorded material, which brilliantly showcase what has been described as her ‘absolute mastery of the Irish harp’. Known for the sensitivity and expressive quality of her air-playing, as well as her dynamic performance of dance tunes, Gráinne’s playing illustrates the full range and scope of this ancient instrument. She has featured on a number of recordings and has released three critically acclaimed solo CDs plus a collaborative recording with Scottish harper William Jackson.

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