Artist Spotlight : Floraine Blancke

Born in Paris France Floriane Blancke is a talented harpist, fiddler, pianist and vocalist who has been welcomed into Irish Traditional music circles. The grand-daughter of Jazz musician Stanislas Suranyi, her music has been greatly influenced by his native Hungarian Gypsy style and by her grand-mother Marthe Blancke, who was a classical French violonist.

Floriane also studied classical music for 10 years in the conservatoire of Bordeaux before studying Jazz and World Music. After moving to Ireland from France in 2006 to pursue a fulltime career in Traditional Music, Foriane is now recognised as a skilled harpist and has performed with luminaries such as Sharon Shannon, Brid Harper, Steve Cooney, Paddy Keenan, Pierre Schryer, Seamus Begley and Tim Edey.

While for the most part, Floriane's collaborations are traditional, she has shown her versatility in sharing the stage with contemporary artists such as Shane Mc Gowan of the Pogues and the world renowned vocalist Patti Smith.

Floraine will perform in the Village on Saturday 5 August at 13.00, 15.00 and 17.00 at the Oak Tree (Tommy Hilfiger).

Find out more about Floraine here.

Floraine Blancke