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New Hampshire Traditional Arts & Folklife Listing

Regina Delaney
Traditional Irish Dance & Music: Vocals & Harp

Regina sings in Irish and English in the sean nos style (ornamented and unaccompanied) and also accompanies herself on harp. She has studied Irish harping with Aine Minogue and classical harp with Stephanie Curcio in the U.S. and in Ireland with Janet Harbison and the Belfast Harp Orchestra. Comhaltas Ceoltori awarded Regina a scholarship to study harp in Ireland as part of their Living Traditions Award. Regina founded and directs the New England Irish Harp Orchestra, a group of fifteen harps performing Traditional Irish music ( She also performs hard and soft shoe step dancing, ceili (group) and set dancing, teaches ceili dancing in local schools, and calls ceili dances. In 1999, Regina was selected to represent New Hampshire at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. where she performed Irish tunes, ballads, stepdancing, taught ceili dancing and Irish children's crafts, and demonstrated Irish cooking. In a residency program the children are taught Irish music, song, dance, poetry and stories. The students then perform all they have learned in a culminating performance and invite the audience to join in towards the end. Regina was a Registered Nurse for thirty three years, working primarily in geriatrics and home care. Her professional experience includes staff education and training. Regina brings her harp, voice, and dance shoes into health care settings (hospice, hospital, nursing homes and retirement centers) sharing her music with residents and staff. She has prepared programs on music and healthcare, teaching staff how to bring music, dance, and song into healing and therapeutic environments.

Preferred activities and age groups: Performances; lecture-demonstrations; workshops; residencies focusing on Irish music, ceili and set dancing with programs integrated with themes in social studies, literature and poetry curricula. In healthcare settings, Regina works directly with residents one to one, in group settings, and with staff or families. She designs workshops tailored to the facility and also performs for residents and staff.

Availability: Statewide year round

School Residency $300-500; Performances $300-400; Lecture-Demonstrations $300-400

Contact Information:
PO Box 343
28 Park St
Exeter, NH 03833
Phone: 603/502-7698
Alt. Phone: 603/502-7698

Notes: Regina is on the New Hampshire Artist Roster, Traditional Arts & Folklife Listing, and the Arts in Health Care Artist Directory.

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