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Robbie Harris

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Riverdance The Show, Bobby McFerrin, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Clannad


Robbie Harris is a bodhrán player and percussionist. Over the years he has recorded and performed with artists such as: Bobby McFerrin, Clannad, Bob Geldof, Steve Cooney, Dónal Lunny, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Brian Kennedy, Luka Bloom, Celtic Woman, The High Kings, Emer Mayock and world music artists such as, Hector Zazou, Theodosii Spassov, Pedram Khavar Zamini, Mamady Keita and Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan. After having toured extensively with Riverdance – The Show, he joined the Broadway production in New York. While living there he was a guest lecturer at The Julliard and The New School, NYC

As musical director of The Rhythm Corporation he has led a twenty strong drum corps at International sports events in Croke Park and Aviva Stadium Dublin. He was Musical Director with St Patrick’s Festival’s in house production City Fusion, a massive piece of street theatre with 250 performers from 30 different countries; City Fusion went on to win The Best Pageant Award in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

He is Co-director of the Big Bang Festival of Rhythm. This Festival celebrates diverse styles of drumming from around the world, but also rhythm as it affects other art forms such as dance, voice and visual art. In 2000 he compiled and released a double album called Pure Bodhrán a collection of 19 of the leading exponents of the drum from all over Ireland. It features the first ever recording of the instrument made in 1927.