Meet the Tutors

Gráinne Hambly from County Mayo in the west of Ireland is an internationally recognised 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.

Cormac De Barra is a harper and television presenter and comes from a family of traditional Irish musicians and singers. A third generation harper in the family, he first studied with his grandmother, Róisín Ní Shé, in Dublin. He went on to study concert harp in the USA. As a traditional harper, Cormac has recorded and toured with his brothers Fionán and Éamonn in the family group Barcó and performed with many groups and musicians including fiddle player Máire Breatnach, Sligo-based trad group Dervish and Brian Kennedy.

Kim Fleming is one of Ireland’s most respected harpists and enjoys a successful career as a musician, teacher and arranger of traditional Irish repertoire. Having travelled throughout Europe, Africa, USA and Russia, Kim is now settled in Longford where she is Head of Music at Ballymahon Vocational School. Kim has adjudicated the All Ireland Fleadh Ceoil for many years and continues to be in high demand as an adjudicator and examiner for the Department of Education.


Dearbhail Finnegan graduated from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin, Ireland with a degree in music and began her professional career. Graduation gave Dearbhail the opportunity to pursue writing, arranging and live performance in earnest. Her passion for the Irish harp soon placed her in the circle of the world’s elite Irish harp players. Dearbhail continued to advance her music studies as well and earned the (TTCT) Teaching Diploma for Irish Harp. Dearbhail’s passion for music, performance and endearing personality has made her a premier talent with the incredibly complex and challenging Irish harp.