Fiona Kelleher is a singer, performer and composer living and working in West Cork. A music graduate from UCC in Cork Fiona has recorded and performed extensively in her career both as a solo artist and in collaboration with many others. Her highly acclaimed solo album “My Love Lies gives a sense of her love of traditional song and language. Since 2010 she has been lead artist in the BEAG programme for Early Years working to create meaningful creative experiences for very young children throughout Cork city and county. She released an original collection of new songs for Early Years audiences called “I am a little Boat” to great acclaim and performs a show inspired by the album to audiences nationwide. She has worked as composer for Early Years productions for Graffiti Theatre Cork and Cork Midsummer Arts Festival since 2011 and continues to write for theatre and film. Her music has featured in films such as Tadgh Sweeney,Painter and The Land of Muscrai by Dónal Ó Céilleachair and The Wake by Oonagh Kearney.. She mentors musicians who are engaged in Early Years work for Music Generation Ireland supporting their development and facilitating their creative work. She has received bursary awards (2013/2016) from the Arts Council as well as Cork City and County Council(2010/2014/2016) both for community projects in collaboration with artists of other disciplines as well as solo projects.
Her latest collaborative work is a film with live score performance entitled Do Chuala Ceol supported by an Arts Council Traditional Arts Project Award Strand 1 2019 which will tour in 2020.
She is very interested in collaboration as a source of inspiration that informs her practice and continues to learn through her work in community settings, inperformance and composition.
For more information on her Early Years practice see: www.earlybirdmusic.ie