HHSI 10th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT SERIES 2013
The Ancient Music of Ireland
Fri. 16th August KILKENNY
Thurs. 22nd August GALWAY
Fri. 23rd August DUBLIN
The Historical Harp Society of Ireland 2003–2013
KILKENNY Chapter House, St. Mary’s Cathedral, James’s St. FRI. 16th Aug. 8.00 p.m.
The Historical Harp Society of Ireland is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with concerts of ravishing early Irish harp music. This is the ancient instrument depicted in Ireland’s national emblem and played by a very small group of musicians nowadays. Our performers will be playing exquisitely ornamented replicas of the Trinity College or Brian Boru harp—Ireland’s only surviving medieval harp—strung in brass and 18-carat solid gold strings.
PERFORMERS The internationally acclaimed performers are Ireland’s own Siobhán Armstrong, the USA’s foremost Irish harpist, Ann Heymann, and Channel Islander Andrew Lawrence-King, who is not only the world’s most famous historical harpist but now the most-recorded harpist of all time!
They will be joined by possibly the most stylish of Connemara’s young traditional singers, Áine Ní Dhroighneáin and by one of Ireland’s best known uilleann pipers, Ronan Browne, whose haunting 19th century instrument compliments these ancient harps perfectly.
PROGRAMME The programme will include rarely heard gems: the earliest songs in the Irish language together with heart-breaking laments and sparkling dances of the old Gaelic world. The sound of the early Irish harp has been described as ‘mesmerizing and heart-breakingly beautiful’ [The Irish Times] and ‘the true sound of ancient Ireland’ [NY Times]. The same might also be said of Ronan Browne’s rare pipe set from the 1840s, whose sound makes you want to curl up and snuggle deep into their rich, warm tone as he performs old airs, marches and jigs. Áine Ní Dhroighneáin is from An Spidéal, Co. Galway, an area steeped in Irish language, tradition and culture. She sings love songs and laments of earlier centuries in the style of her native area, but in her own unique voice.
This is a
rare chance to visit newly refurbished Chapter house and enjoy the old Irish music in its’ old walls.
BACKGROUND In the ten years of its existence, the HHSI has been exploring and researching the centuries-old musical landscape of Ireland and its Gaelic neighbour, the Scottish Highlands and Islands. This research and collaboration with historical pipers and singers, steeped in ancient traditions, has helped to create rare and evocative concert programmes from the old Gaelic world.
TICKET PRICE €15/ €10, payable at the door. Bookings: 087 6332891
These concerts follow the HHSI’s international Scoil na gCláirseach—Summer School of Early Irish Harp, which takes place at Kilkenny School of Music 14th -20th August. Scoil na gCláirseach is the only summer school in Ireland dedicated entirely to the early Irish harp.
To listen to the sound samples please visit http://www.irishharpschool.com/concerts.htm
For more information about HHSI summer concert series, the Historical Harp Society of Ireland and Scoil na gCláirseach please visit our web-pages at www.irishharp.org or phone us on +353 (0)87 6332891.
In 2013 The Historical Harp Society has been supported by An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Music Network and The Dept of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.