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Festival Schedule 2021

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Full Festival Package

We have a panel of exceptional tutors and talented artists poised to deliver an outstanding week of harp music for you with top quality workshops, sessions and concerts. You can choose from a wide variety of programme options. Book our full harp immersion package, and attend morning and afternoon workshops and events as well as taking in all our evening concerts. You will have an opportunity to engage online with harp tutors, other harpers and gain a better understanding of Irish music, song and dance as well as learning more about the harp and its music.

Morning Workshops

Our 5 morning workshops take place live online through Zoom, from 11am to 12:30pm, Monday 28th June to Friday 2nd July. You will
receive a link by email from Eventbrite for each morning session. Please email us at indicating your level of
experience and the number of years you have been playing the Irish harp. At that point, we may ask you for further information so we
can assign you to a tutor. You will have 5 workshops with the same tutor. Our tutors are Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Gráinne Hambly, Áine Ní
Dhubhghaill, Anne-Marie O’Farrell, Cormac De Barra, Kim Fleming, Deirdre Granville, Deirdre Ní Bhuachalla and Úna Ní Fhlannagáin.

Monday - Friday (Inclusive)
11.00 - 12.30Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Gráinne Hambly, Áine Ní Dhubhghaill, Anne-Marie O’Farrell, Cormac De Barra, Kim Fleming, Deirdre Granville, Deirdre ní Bhuachalla, Úna Ní Fhlannagáin

The Tholsel Interludes

Listen to our emerging young harpers at lunchtime in our Tholsel interludes.

Monday June 28th 1pm - 1.30The Tholsel Interludes with Music Generation Louth Harp Ensemble
Tuesday June 29th1pm - 1.30The Triad Trio; Fiona Gryson, Rachel Duffy and Síofra Ní Dhubhghaill
Thursday July 1st1pm - 1.30Clann Uí Scolaí (Emer, Caoilfhionn agus Sorcha)

Afternoon events: Cruit agus Cabaireacht

Our afternoon events give you an insight into all aspects of Irish harping from the music of the early harpers to the stories behind the songs to the intricacies of Kerry Slides and Polkas. You also have an option of a workshop with one of our festival tutors to add to your tunes repertoire. And once you have done that, settle back, relax and enjoy our evening concert series with the best of our Irish harpers and traditional musicians.

Monday June 28th
2.00 - 3.15Re-discovering Old Irish Harp Music and Traditions with Simon Chadwick
Would the ‘Real' Carolan’s Concerto Please Stand Up? Revisiting Carolan Composition Sources with Siobhán Armstrong (in association with the HHSI)
3.30 - 3.50 Songs and their stories with Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaoich
4.30 - 5.30 Seinn linn: Play along with Gráinne Hambly (Live on zoom)
Tuesday June 29th
2.30 - 3.15 2 Harper Brothers with Kathleen Loughnane
3.30 - 3.50 Songs and their stories with Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaoich
4.00 - 5.00 Seinn linn: Play along with Deirdre Granville (Live on zoom)
Wednesday June 30thTionól na gCruit: Harp Gathering
2.00 - 2.45 Fadó, fadó: The Harp Journey with Gráinne Hambly
3.00 - 3.30 A Welshman from Where……? with Helen Davies
3.45 – 4.45 Seinn Linn: Play along with Helen Davies
5.00 - 5.45 Tionól na Féile
5.45 - 6.00 A Welsh Ground: Performance
Thursday July 1st
2.30 - 3.15 60 bliain ag fás: The Cairde na Cruite story with Áine Ní Dhubhghaill
3.30 - 3.50 Songs and their Stories with Seosaimhin Ní Bheaglaoich
4.00 - 5.00 Seinn linn: Harp Gyrations with Anne-Marie O’Farrell

Evening Concerts

Tune into our world class harpers and other traditional musicians for the best of Irish harping at our nightly concerts at 8pm.

Sunday June 27thOscail an Doras with Maria-Christina Cleary, Harp and Emily Cullen, Poet
Monday June 28thTradition Live with Úna Monaghan, harp and electronics, Anne Marie-O’Farrell, Cormac de Barra, harps and Éamon De Barra, Flute
Tuesday June 29thRadharc Siar, The Drogheda Harp Story narrated by Dr Teresa O’Donnell with harpers Cormac De Barra, Deirdre Granville, Úna Ní Fhlannagáin, Deirdre Ní Bhuachalla, Anne-Marie O’Farrell and Gerry O’Connor, fiddle
Wednesday June 30thRéálta ó Thuaidh, Stars Align with harper, Eilis Lavelle, Lá na nÓg harp ensemble, Zoe Conway, fiddle and John McIntyre, guitar.
Thursday July 1stCeolchoirm na Féile with Siobhán Armstrong, Early Harp, singer Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde, Máire Ní Chathasaigh, harp and Chris Newman, guitar