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National Harp Day at dlr LexIcon Library and Cultural Centre

A day long Harpathon at dlr LexIcon Library and Cultural Centre, Dún Laoghaire including a harp making demo, harp talks, open mic and performances.

11:45 – 12.00 Alannah Thornburg

12:00 -12:30  Ann Jones: The Ballybetagh Harpers

12.30 -1pm Eibhlís Ní Ríordáin, Early Harp

1.00 -1.45 Tomás MacUileagóid, Eala Harps: Shaping and making: An interactive slot on harp making from one of Ireland’s best-known harp makers.

14:00 -14:45    The Bray Harp Ensemble

15:00 - 15:40  Clare Mc Cague

Clare will talk about the pedal harp tradition in Ireland in the nineteenth century - popularised by foreign virtuosi who traveled from London to perform and to teach. She will explore the repertoire of the tradition, particularly repertoire of Irish significance, including arrangements and fantasias of popular Irish melodies. She will also talk about Ireland's leading pedal harpist of the nineteenth century, Boleyne Reeves (1820 - 1905), who emigrated from Cork to London in 1831 and enjoyed a successful career as a performer and composer.

15:40 - 16:15 Kevin Harrington - Harp Making demo

16.15 – 17.00   Open Harp Mic with our up and coming harpers Junshi Murakmi & students Soloists Cathal, Muireann Ni Mhuirthile, Melissa Byrne and Anna Ivanova

18:00 – 19:30  Join some of Ireland’s leading harpers to celebrate National Harp Day at the DLR Studio with Eibhlís Ní Ríordáin, Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman, Cormac de Barra & Anne-Marie O’Farrell


19 Oct 2022  11:00 am - 7:30 pm


dlr LexIcon, Co. Dublin