Ann and Charlie Heymann in Concert
Friday, October 9, 2009 @ 8pm
•doors open at 7:30pm•
The Community Music Center
3350 SE Francis St
Tickets: $18 for the general public; $12 for students and senior citizens
Click here for directions to the Community Music Center
Lovers of traditional Gaelic and early music and harp are invited to a weekend of Portland events with Ann & Charlie Heymann, known the world-over for their presentations of traditional and historical music of Ireland and Scotland. Ann has been called ‘the pioneer who returned the Gaelic harp to a living tradition’ and following clues contained within Irish mythology, she became the first modern musician to use monofilament gold and silver strings.
Ann has recently spearheaded a reconstruction of the telyn rawn (the extinct horsehair harp of medieval Wales) and with encouragement from an Oxford professor, husband Charlie provides compelling Brythonic verse of Taliesin and Aneirin with accompaniment on plucked/strummed/bowed lyres and cittern. The material was premiered last fall at Brecon Cathedral in Wales.
Ann recently returned from Kilkenny, Ireland, where she taught at their summer harp school called , and the couple will have just played for a feís in St. Paul MN and a harp extravaganza in San Francisco before coming here. After Portland they will be traveling to Belfast to participate in a concert and documentary on the famous Irish harper Denis O’Hampsey and his Downhill harp.
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