Cliona was classically trained in Dublin at the Royal Irish Academy of Music where she studied both the Irish and Concert Harp.
Cliona and shakuhachi flute player Riley Lee have been performing together since 2012, when they played at the inaugural of Sydney’s Sacred Music Festival. Both musicians combine their distinguished knowledge of two ancient instruments from distinct cultural backgrounds. In 2018 they released their EP, Snow Flurries.
Cliona regularly performs as Strangelove with singer Wendy Twibill and bass/vocalist pierre luniere.
Cliona has been performing for several years with Venezuelan cuatro player Iván Vivas. They have played together as the Latin String Ensemble at the South American Festival and the National Multicultural Festival and Canberra.
She is also indebted to Mexican harpist Victor Valdes for teaching her so much about harp music from South America.
Cliona has performed at Canberra's National Folk Festival, two years in a row with five piece traditional irish band Folklore (now Seanchas).
Since settling here in Australia, Cliona played the harp in the Aida orchestra and performed solo in the Opera House as part of the Brendan Voyage. She also performed at the Utzon Room with fellow musician Christine Wheeler.
Cliona plays solo harp for many corporate events in some of Sydney's leading venues.