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Cath Connelly has been playing the Celtic harp professionally since 1998. She is now considered one of Australia's leading Celtic harpers, with her career flourishing since claiming 3rd prize (Seniors Division)
in the 2004 Turlough O'Carolan Harp Competition, Nobber, County Meath, Ireland. These days Cath is very much in demand for concerts, weddings, conferences and workshops throughout Australia. Cath
returned to Ireland to perfom in 2006, 2009 and 2014. She also completed a solo tour of the East Coast of USA in 2012.
Cath has produced six gorgeous albums over the past several years, composing and arraning her own harp music as
part of a rich, collaborative process with Greg Hunt and other skilled and sensitive musicians. To find out more about Cath's music, clickhere.
She is well known for performances that invite audiences to engage in quiet reflection and a deeper sense of
being. In true Celtic fashion, Cath also incorporates storytelling into engaging concerts that span Irish folklore, Celtic tradition, music and spirituality. Her music is deeply grounded in the
Celtic tradition, with its potential to dwell in that liminal space between the known and the unknown. It is here that Cath’s music melds contemporary spirituality with the ancient Celtic harp
When not performing, composing or
teaching the Celtic harp, Cath leads workshops and seminars on spirituality. In 2008, she
completed her Master of Arts thesis in Spirituality through the Melbourne College of Divinity. Cath's thesis topic explored the mythic figure of Brigid and her representations as Celtic Saint and as
Goddess. As a result of her thesis research, Cath, like Brigid, finds herself dwelling within a "Christian" spiritual context whilst simultaneously engaging with various creative "secular" and
During 2008 Cath also completed a four-year Spiritual Direction course offered by the Living Well Centre in East
Melbourne. Consequently, Cath is now a qualified Spiritual Director, involved with the Leadrship Team in providing spiritual direction training. In 2013 Cath became the co-director of the
Living Well Centre in Melbourne. This is a position that she continues to hold. Her work increasingly involves leading retreats and facilitating workshops.
The completion of Cath's thesis and other studies has freed up some time for playing in her vegetable garden on the outskirts of
Melbourne. If you ever wander around Victoria's Dandenong Ranges, you might just catch Cath in her gumboots in the backyard, composting, raising chooks and harvesting pumpkins!
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