Lá na Cruite at the National Library of Ireland

National Library of Ireland, Saturday 21st October, 1pm

Harp Day Performance by Méabh McKenna

Méabh McKenna’s harp performance shone a contemporary spotlight on Irish harping here.

Lecture – Edward Bunting: Illuminating his Legacy

Belfast historian Mark Doherty spoke about the life and work of Edward Bunting, revealing his connection with the two cities of Belfast and Dublin, and how he spent his life preserving the music of the harpers.

Film Screening – Beart Bunting

Directed by Deaglán Ó Mochain.
Six of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians join with Strabane Brass Band to explore and perform a neglected part of the Edward Bunting collection – a manuscript of military music alongside traditional Irish airs and tunes, reflecting the turbulent political reality of Ireland before and after the 1798 rebellion. Beart Bunting features well-known Irish harpers – Lauren Ní Néill, Eilís Lavelle and Deirdre Granville.

Our thanks to the staff at the National Library of Ireland and to the Irish Traditional Music Archive for their support.