B i o g r a p h y
Alison provides soothing harp music creating a peaceful atmosphere, perfect for weddings and intimate functions.
Specialising in Celtic & Australian music her repertoire expands out to include many other styles including Celtic covers of popular songs.
She can provide anything from solo harp through to a 6 piece band playing Irish & Australian music (traditional & modern) to get you dancing & singing along.
Originally from Belfast, Alison is a very accomplished harpist and multi-instrumentalist.
Alison also plays:-
Irish tin whistle
Flute (wooden & classical)
Alison currently plays in several bands including:-
& runs Boyds Irish Music.
Alison has performed both nationally and internationally for weddings, parties, festivals, concerts, community events, Irish sessions, amusement parks, cruise ships, private and corporate functions, tourists, fundraisers, bush dances and Ceili nights.
She played Celtic harp in Sydney Town Hall at a reception for the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese.
She was a director of the St Albans Folk Festival & program co-ordinator for many years. She has also organised many St Patrick's Day, fleadh ceol, & half way to Paddy's Day events at various venues, including the Fiddler (previously the Mean Fiddler), & P.J. Gallaghers pubs.
Alison has also been regularly teaching "Bodhran & tin whistle for beginners" at various music festivals since 1995.
Previous bands include:-
The Bunyip Bush Band
The Sydney Scottish Fiddlers
Scotch & Dry
Beat around the bush band
The Bush Bandicoots
Recording Credits Include:-
Step it Out - Celtic Fire
Bodhran Practice CD - Alison Boyd
the Railway Session,
Music at the Shamrock
David Zaoui's "A Mystery", (check out that haunting whistle on "A Mystery")
Flash Lads - Wheeze & Suck Band (bodhran)
"A swagful of songs" - the Bush Bandicoots,
Television appearances include:-
RTE - Christmas Day Irish Mass 2006 - Hyde Park Barracks - live broadcast to Ireland
ABC - an Aussie Irish Christmas 2006
Channel 7 - Sydney Weekender (2007)
photo courtesy Mark Thompson