Episode 29: Kiss My Arts – Ava Brogan
This week for Kiss My Arts, 16 year old Ava Brogan from Carrick on Shannon shares her talent with us. The gifted musician talks about idolising Sharon Shannon as a toddler to graduating to the piano and eventually the harp after pester power worked it’s magic on her parents in the shape of a confirmation present.
Taking her first steps under the guidance of local harpist Fiachra Guihen a number of years ago, she fell in love with the music of composer Michael Rooney. She approached the Sligo based teacher, performer and award winning composer about taking lessons from him and was invited into his class.
Since then as well as making huge strides in her own performance which we get to hear throughout the episode, she has also been inspired to try her hand at her own compositions on both the piano and harp.
With an All Ireland and Connacht title in the Scór Ballad Group alongside Eleanor Smith, Elsie Harman, Roisin Noone, Rionach Nic Conmara already in the bag this year, she added the Connacht Fleadh Accompaniment title to her achievements this summer. She’s hoping to go one better than her previous best of second at the All Ireland Fleadh in a few weeks.
Ava shares with us about how seeing the success of her neighbours Roisin and Ailie Blunnie in their own musical careers gave her the believe that she might be able to replicate their talents with dedication and hard work. I think you’ll agree after hearing her play that she’s well on her way on her very own path in the world of music.
Episode artwork with thanks to: Gerry Faughnan Photography