English – About the Performers

Catherine Rhatigan Sligo, Irland, Harp


Catherine spent some years playing and touring with the Belfast Harp Orchestra in the nineties, including a tour of the eastcoast of America with The Chieftains. A secondary school teacher of English for many years, she binds the words to the music, and has written several historical scripts for musical theatre, and worked with the James Joyce Foundation in Zurich on their recent and highly acclaimed stage/musical interpretation of James Joyce’s excerpts from Ulysses.  She has taught and performed in the USA, Ireland, France, Italy , South Africa and Switzerland, and currently plays with the Swiss Celtic Harp Ensemble.


David Aebli  Zürich, Bass, Bouzouki


Dave started playing Irish music at sixteen, and hasn’t stopped. He plays with several groups and has an impressive mastery of not just Irish rhythms but Greek and Balkan music too. His tasteful bouzouki and bass arrangements can be heard on several recordings of Irish, Greek and Swiss folk music, and he has toured in Greece, Ireland, Italy, France, and most recently Australia with different bands.



Isabelle Hauser  Zug, Stories

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Through her psychological background Isabelle Hauser soon learned the importance of stories and fairytales for human development and was able to recognise the importance of storytelling for companies internally as well as externally through her main job at a renowned Swiss enterprise. During her stay with the professional storyteller Liz Weir in Northern Ireland which lastet for several months, Isabelle Hauser learned the art of storytelling. Ever since she has been performing at public and private events, for example the Zuger Märlisunntig, in museums, at book vernissages, birthdays and school workshops.