Na Skylark is a Kentucky-based band performing Irish music on Ireland’s national instruments: the Irish harp, flute, tin whistle and uilleann pipes. Staying true to their Kentucky roots, the duo includes the mountain dulcimer as a mainstay in arrangements.
Lorinda Jones and Cathy Wilde are the foundation of na Skylark and are relaxed and charming as they share the heritage of Irish music. Audiences enjoy their passion and knowledge about their instruments, as well as the history of the songs and composers of instrumental airs, dance tunes and traditional songs.
Lorinda and Cathy have been performing music together for many years in a variety of settings from informal Irish jam sessions to weddings, community theater and house concert series, traditional music festivals and special events for children and adults in schools and churches.
Lorinda, performing on Celtic harp and mountain dulcimer, has earned degrees in both music education and music therapy. As a member of the Kentucky Center’s Arts in Healing program, she brings her music to places of healing and, as a board certified music therapist, provides services for older adults with Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as programs for adults and children with developmental disabilities. Lorinda travels across the U.S. teaching and performing at festivals and camps and sharing her love for traditional American and Celtic music. She is the artistic director of the Heartland Dulcimer Club and Heartland Harps Ensemble.
Cathy began her music journey on the classical flute. During her first visit to Ireland, she bought a tin whistle and so began a lifelong obsession with the music of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany and Galicia. Later, Cathy took up the wooden simple-system flute, now known as Irish flute, and in learning that discovered her true instrument of passion, the Irish Uilleann (“elbow” or “union” in Irish) bagpipes. Cathy is well-known in the Louisville area as the jam master at Irish sessions, as well as a member of Louisville’s distinguished greengrass band, Cloigheann.
Lorinda and Cathy are occasionally joined by fiddler Larry Green. Larry’s experience playing and teaching Irish fiddle at home and abroad as well as accompanying Irish step and ceili dancers, contributes to a trio with a perfect blend of authentic Irish music played much the way you’d expect to find it in the most out-of-the-way shebeen.
“Their program of harp and pipe music was beautiful and uplifting, a truly delightful evening and a lovely holiday memory.” — Audience member response