From a family of traditional musicians and singers from Dublin with roots in County Cork, Cormac studied Irish harp with his grandmother, Róisín Ní Shé, in Dublin and went on to study concert harp in the US with Leone Paulson.
He toured with a family group, with harpist Anne-Marie O’Farrell and with Hazel O’Connor. Cormac has also played with The Chieftains and the Irish Harp Orchestra. As well as performing Cormac presented the traditional Irish music series, Flosc, on TG4, Ireland’s Gaelic-language TV channel. As well as these other groups, Cormac is also part of a family trio, Barcó, with his brothers Fionán and Éamonn. Recordings to date include the CDs Barcó and An Caitín Bán with the De Barra family, the harp duo CDs Double Strung and Duopoly with Anne-Marie O’Farrell and the flute and harp recording ‘Music of Great Irish Houses’ with Karin Leitner.
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