ALANNAH THORNBURGH

Alannah Thornburgh is a multi-instrumentalist from Mayo. She began playing music at the age of five when she learned the tin-whistle and fiddle under the guidance of her father, Rob. Alannah then began studying classical piano at the age of eight and finally the Irish harp when she turned eleven under the expert tutelage of Gráinne Hambly. Alannah is an established performer in the traditional Irish music scene and she has won numerous All-Ireland titles in solo competitions. Alannah was also a member of Tiarna Mhaigh Eo, the All-Ireland winning céilí band in 2011.

In the last two years she has toured Ireland, Great Britain and North America as part of a group and as a solo artist. In 2013, Alannah was chosen as a youth ambassador for Music Generation and was invited to perform in Dublin Castle at a conference for EU delegates. Alannah is also an established music teacher and teaches private and group whistle, fiddle, piano and harp classes back home in Mayo and in the Maynooth/Dublin area where she is now based.

In 2015, Alannah obtained her Piano Teaching Diploma from the Victoria College of Music in London with impressive results. Alannah recently graduated from Maynooth University with a degree in Music and English and was awarded the ‘Music Class Prize’ for achieving the best results in her class. She is currently studying for a Professional Masters of Education in Maynooth University. Alannah is an active member of the Common Grounds Collective, having performed at many events including ‘Macalla’, ‘A Night of Notions!’ and ‘Poet & the Player’.