1440Exciting new website documenting early Irish harping in Oriel
- 4 OctA chairde,The Historical Harp Society of Ireland would like to congratulate singer and scholar Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin and everyone involved in the wonderful new resource website, which has just been launched: www.orielarts.comIt documents and presents the historical musical traditions of Oriel, a culturally-rich region which works west from the Cooley peninsula on the east coast and takes in parts of Louth, Armagh and Monaghan.This website builds on Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin’s momentous resource book, A Hidden Ulster: People, Songs and Traditions of Oriel, published in 2003 by Four Courts Press.There are over 150 pages of information and 40 videos now accessible on the website, many of which contain sections on the eighteenth-century harpers and the harping traditions of Oriel, with commentary and performances by early Irish harpist, Sylvia Crawford.You can see and hear Sylvia perform on an HHSI Student Otway harp, which is based on the harp that the eighteenth-century Armagh harper, Patrick Quin, played. Sylvia also accompanies Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin in harper-song repertory.Chomhgairdeas; maith sibh go léir!Le dea-ghuí -Siobhán—Siobhan ArmstrongFounder & Director, Historical Harp Society of Ireland. www.irishharp.orgWould you like to support the revival of the early Irish harp?Become a member here: http://www.irishharp. org/join.htmSCOIL NA gCLÁIRSEACHFestival of Early Irish HarpColáiste Pobail Osraí, Kilkenny, Ireland.The HHSI is kindly funded byAn Chomhairle Ealaíon; Music Network and the Dept. of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Kilkenny County Council and also by our Members, Supporters and Patron.