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robbie harris


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Most recently Robbie has been touring with the Grammy nominated Afro Celt Sound System on their recent European tour. 

Over the years he has recorded and performed with artists such as: Bobby McFerrin, Clannad, Bob Geldof, Jiggy, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Kodaline, Brian Kennedy, Steve Cooney, Dónal Lunny, Sharon Corr, Luka Bloom, Moya Brennan, Celtic Woman, The High Kings, Emer Mayock and world music artists such as, Hector Zazou, Nitin Sawhney, Theodosii Spassov, Mamady Keita and Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan.

He has recorded and performed with The RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Bratislava Symphony Orchestra, Galician Philharmonic Orchestra, Il Giardino Armonico and many other chamber orchestras and ensembles.  

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 thirty strong drum corps at International sports events in Croke Park and Aviva Stadium Dublin. He was also 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.   

He has worked with theatre companies including; The Abbey, Teatrul National Bucuresti, Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, Rough Magic, Corn Exchange, Passion Machine, Macnas, Dance Theatre of Ireland, The Ark, Barnstorm, Siamsa Tire, Rubato Ballet and Dublin Youth Theatre. Film and TV credits include; Float Like a Butterfly, Love/Hate, Saving the Titanic, An Klondike, Fuil agus Dúch, Let Us Prey, Crossing Salween, Pump Action, Mystics, Dust Devils, Gold in the Streets and Moll Flanders.


Robbie endorses 

Meinl Percussion & Cymbals  

Vater Percussion Drumsticks


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"Robbie Harris, who plays a small drum called the bodhrán, is a cheeky delight."    

The New York Times


"He wove complex rhythms and counter rhythms from many drums."     

Washington Times


"Alongside Bobby McFerrin, their molecules merged and he transformed the bodhrán from leaden pace-maker to a time capsule of infinite possibilities."     

The Irish Times

"The pace picks up with Robbie Harris adding an array of percussion, cymbals and shakers to create a sound picture that’s more Latin that Latin Quarter."      

Music OHM

"Robbie Harris does a mean bodhrán solo and the routine had the audience on its feet."      

Sunday Independent

"Clannad dug deep into their repertoire, with the dextrous Robbie Harris lending a percussive force." 

The Irish Times 


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