Maria McKinley - Harpist

This accomplished harpist is from County Derry and began playing the harp with Dr. Janet Harbison and performed with the Grammy award winning Belfast Harp Orchestra in Ireland, France and Germany. She is available for weddings and events throughout Northern Ireland.

Since then she completed a HND in Traditional Irish Music in the Donegal Gaeltacht and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Irish music and dance studies at the University of Limerick in 2009. She also graduated with an MA in Music Therapy at the University of Limerick in 2011 and is now a qualified freelance HPC registered Music Therapist, having started her own company in 2011.

Her harp teachers have in included Laoise Kelly, Grainne Hambly, Michael Rooney, Anne-marie O'Farrell, Maire Ni Casagaigh, among many other fine exponents of the Irish harp.

She has performed for the Queen at the official royal visit of the Titanic Centre Belfast 2012 and was the resident harpist at a five star beach and wedding resort in Byblos, Lebanon in 2009.

She was also resident harpist at Bunratty Castle in 2007 and performed and taught the harp in the Lorient Interceltique festival, and the Isle of Man festival Yu Chruinnaght 2006.

She has played for many state dignitories and corporate functions across Ireland and the United Kingdom, and recorded for RTE, BBC and the Sydney Youth Theatre. She continues to teach and perform the harp based in the North West of Ireland.

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Maria McKinley - Harpist Repertoire


  • Canon in D - Pachelbel
  • The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel
  • Gabriel's Oboe - theme from 'The Mission' - Morricone
  • Bridal Chorus - 'Here Comes the Bride' - Wagner
  • Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring - Bach
  • To a Wild Rose - McDowell
  • L'origine Nascosta - Ludivico Einaudi
  • Ave Maria - Bach, Schubert
  • Panis Angelicus
  • The Prayer - Andreas Bocelli

Popular / Easy Listening

  • Falling Slowly - Glen Hansard, from the Film 'Once'
  • Your Song - Elton John, Ellie Goulding
  • To Make you feel my Love - Bob Dylan, Adele
  • Theme from Braveheart Film - J. Horner
  • My Heart Will Go On -theme from 'Titanic' - Horner
  • Hey Jude - Lennon, McCartney
  • Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
  • No Surprises - Radiohead
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Arlen
  • Songbird - Eva Cassidy, Fleetwood Mac
  • You Raise me Up - Josh Groban
  • Summertime
  • Moonriver - Mercer/Mancini
  • Fly me to the moon
  • The Look of love - Bacharach
  • What A Wonderful World
  • Rule The World - Take That
  • The Greatest Day - Take That


  • The Clouds Veil - Liam Lawton
  • Ag Criost an Siol - O'Riada
  • Bi Iosa Im Chriose
  • The Hiding Place
  • The Lords My Shepherd
  • Amazing Grace


  • As She Moved Through the Fair - Traditional
  • Danny Boy - 'The Derry Air'- Traditional
  • Give me your Hand - Traditional
  • Inisheer - Traditional
  • Eleanor Plunkett - O'Carolan
  • Ag Jhanius - Michael Rooney
  • Planxty George Brabazon - O'Carolan
  • Carolan's Welcome - O'Carolan
  • Carolan's Concerto - O'Carolan
  • Si Beag Si Mor - O'Carolan
  • Bi Iosa Im Chriose - O'Riada
  • The Isle of Hope
  • Marble Halls - Enya
  • Miss Hamilton - Traditional
  • The Bard of Armagh
  • Down by the Sally Gardens - Traditional
  • My Lagan Love - Traditional


  • The Swan - Catriona MacKay
  • The Atholl Highlanders Jig - Trad.


  • Myfanway - translated: 'My Beloved' comp. J. Parry


  • Greensleeves
  • Scarborough Fair

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Thank you so much for the lovely music, it made the whole service so relaxing and enjoyable.

Emear and James,

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