- 23 Jul 21
Take a look at the acclaimed Irish harpist's new video below.
Following her stunning rendition of Conor Walsh's 'The Front' earlier this month, Alannah Thornburgh has returned with a new live video for her original composition, 'Branjo' – set to feature on her highly anticipated debut solo album, out later this year.
“I wrote this tune four years ago as a gift for a friend of mine who happens to be one of the finest musicians I know," she says of the song. "I wanted to create a dissonant and unresolved sound, an audible tension that reflected the headspace I was in at the time of writing.”
Alannah – a 2021 recipient of the Arts Council's Next Generation Artists Award – has established herself as one of the most remarkable talents in the Irish harp world in recent years. She's also a member of Irish traditional/old-time trio Alfi, who were nominated for Best Emerging Act at the 2019 RTÉ Folk Awards, and whose debut album is set to be released later this year. Following collaborations with the likes of David Keenan, Varo, Gareth Quinn Redmond and more, the Swinford harpist has recently stepped into the spotlight as a solo artist.
For 'Branjo' she drew inspiration from "voices of the past", as well as a wide range of modern influences – having already established a reputation for her unique reimaginings of ancient airs and tunes from the Irish harping, Appalachian and jazz traditions.
The live video was created in collaboration with filmmaker Ryan Hoban and producer/engineer Cian Hamilton in Navan’s Swynnerton Lodge.
Watch Alannah Thornburgh perform 'Branjo' below: