National Harp Day 2018Elsewhere Highlights
Harpers from The Meath Harp Academy played at Nobber Library, Post Office, Nana’s Café and later at the George Eogan Centre.
Music Generation Louth with Deirdre Ni Bhuachalla and Comhaltas Dun Dealgan performed in Louth County Library followed by a short ‘try the harp’ session.
Ashbourne Library hosted Fiona Gryson and her harp students.
In Port Laoise, harpers from Music Generation Laois were joined by renowned harper Triona Marshall and piper David Power to perform a new commission composed by their director, harper Siobhán Buckley.
Harpers, led by Anita O Brien staged two performances; beginning with Mullingar Library and finishing with a performance at All Saints Music Festival in All Saints Church Mullingar.
Cork harpers led by Damhnait Sweeney, Oisín Morrison turned out in force at 2pm at the Crawford Gallery. Thanks to the Gallery team for their support.
Spanish harper, Javier Sáinz and Mícheál Ó Catháin joined forces to perform early Irish harp music at 8pm in the McAuley Place Arts and Culture Centre in Naas, Co Kildare.
The University of Limerick’s Contemplative Centre at the Irish World Academy showcased harpers from Fiana Ní Chonaill’s Cuisle Harp Ensembl.
Renowned Sligo harper-composer, Michael Rooney, performed with young Sligo harpers in the Hawkswell Theatre.
A couple of firsts for Harp Ireland: Manx harpers joined in our celebration with a gala concert featuring Mera Royle, BBC’s Folk Musician of the Year, who played an evening concert in the Villa Arcade in the Isle of Man. Kathy di Angelo and harper friends chimed in from the US to celebrate Lá na Cruite stateside, Una Monagahan marked the occasion in Greece and Máire Ní Chathasaigh remembered us on her tour in Australia.