An Early Irish harp concert this Saturday, August 16th, at 20.00, in Kilkenny
- A Chara,If you happen to be around Kilkenny, Ireland this weekend you might be interested in the following historical harp concert
The Ancient Music of Ireland
KILKENNY Chapter House, St. Mary’s Cathedral, James’s St. Saturday, 16th Aug. 8.00 p.m.
Following last year's sell-out concert, The Ancient Music of Ireland, at the Chapter House, St. Mary's Cathedral, the Historical Harp Society of Ireland, is once more, bringing internationally acclaimed harpists Siobhán Armstrong [Ireland], Ann Heymann [USA], Javier Sainz [Spain] and one of Ireland's best known uilleann pipers, Ronan Browne, back to this beautifully refurbished historic venue. They will be joined by Irish traditional ['sean nós'] singer Aodán Ó Ceallaigh who comes from the Ring Gaeltacht in Co.Waterford.
The early Irish harp is the ancient instrument depicted in Ireland’s national emblem. This harp is now experiencing a renaissance inspired by a handful of musicians and instrument makers who have made it their goal to uncover the mystery of this instrument’s voice. Until recently no one knew how this instrument might have sounded and what its repertoire might have been. Through meticulous academic and musicological research each of our performers has re-awakened the voice of the early Irish harp. This concert is a rare opportunity to hear Ireland's oldest harp played in unique and very distinctive styles, evoking soundscapes, from medieval Gaelic chieftains’ castles up to the Great Houses of the 18th century. The harpists will be playing beautifully ornamented replicas of the Trinity College or Brian Boru harp—Ireland's only surviving medieval harp—strung in brass and 18-carat gold strings.
The harps will be complimented by the rich, warm and hauntingly beautiful tone of Ronan Browne’s rare sets of pipes from the 1760s and 1840s, on which he will play old airs, marches and jigs.
This is a rare opportunity to be transported back to a lost golden age to the evocative soundscape of early Ireland.
TICKET PRICE €15/ €10, payable at the door. Bookings: 087 6332891. Please book in advance to avoid disappointment.