Lisa Canny

Award-winning harpist and banjo player from Ireland




About Lisa Canny

Hailing from Co. Mayo on the West Coast of Ireland, Lisa Canny grew up immersed in the traditional Irish music scene. 7-time All-Ireland champion on harp and banjo, Lisa has toured the U.S., Canada, Russia, France, Germany, Italy, UK and Ireland extensively as lead singer and music with groups Celtic Crossroads and The Young Irelanders, playing to live crowds of over 50k and appearing on PBS specials to millions. Lisa holds a BA in Irish Music and Dance and a MA in Ethnomusicology.

“Discovered” by Miles Copeland (The Police, CIA Records) at a gig in LA Lisa was swiftly flown over to ASCAPs Annual Songwriters Retreat to work with some of the industry's top artists, producers and songwriters, including members of The Kaiser Chiefs, Plain White T's, Mike Posnor, Priscilla Renea (Rihanna, Kesha, Madonna) and Hillary Lindsey (Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Lady Gaga).

As she began to write her own material Lisa found that she was inspired as much by pop and hip-hop music as she was the Irish traditional and folk music she was brought up on. Combining these elements, Lisa’s original music is truly unique. Her performances are high-energy, hard-hitting and highly entertaining.

"Watch Lisa reinvent harp-playing" - Seán Rocks, RTE Arena

"Crossing so many genres it is hard to define" - Ryan Tubridy, The Late Late Show

"Top ten of Irish acts you don’t want to miss” - BBC America

Her debut single “Lifeline” was released June 2015 and went in at number 9 in the Irish charts. Her debut EP “Freedom” was released May 2018 and reached number 5 in the Irish charts. She is the “Future Music” Songwriter of the Year 2016 and was nominated for the same by UMA in 2018. She has written with a wide range of artists from AKON and Ella Henderson to Melissa Etheridge.

She appeared on the Late Late Show in 2018, has shared the stage with the likes of Gavin James, Glen Hansard, Sinead O’Connor, The Coronas, Beverly Craven and Lisa Hannigan, and has sold out headline shows across the UK and Ireland.

Lisa has amassed over 3 millions views online and has increased her online following by 400% in the last 24 months. She is currently working on her debut album release in London. Lisa tours Germany in Oct 2019 and the US in 2020.

Other notable awards:-
7-time All Ireland champion on harp and banjo
Event Industry Award Winner 2015
Appeared on 2 PBS Specials, and 'Celtic Gold' to air later in 2018