Harpers at Brighid: a Treasure House of Offerings

Harpers comprehend the significance of the fire festival of Brighid, dedicated to the goddess of smithcraft, poetry and healing.  It also signals the early stirrings of spring.  In honor of Brighid, here is a harper’s assortment of treasures.

Enjoy the new Scoil na gCláirseach video, which gives a glimpse into the special world created by the marvelous staff for one week of each summer in Kilkenny, Ireland.

If you are smitten by the sound of Griogair Labhruidh’s singing at the end of the video clip, enjoy the whole performance of this lament, entitled Cumha Choir’ an Easain.

Another treasure, announced at Brighid:  Javier Sainz has a new website.

Here is a fourth treasure:  an article about Ann Heymann entitled “Brigid, Imbolc, and the Gaelic Harp,” published in 2008 in Eolas, a druidic journal.

And a fifth:  a glimpse of Vicente la Camera’s handsome new MacDonald Trinity clarsach.  Listen to Vicente play Carolan’s Lament for Owen Roe O’Neill.

Enjoy these small beauties, and join me in celebrating music, song, poetry, and those extraordinary harpers living and working among us.  In honor of Brighid,

–Sue

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New Scoil na gClairseach and Harp Videos pages

Hello, friends.  I’ve added two new pages.  One is a work in progress, with photos from this year’s Scoil na gCláirseach in Kilkenny, Ireland.

The 1809 class at Scoil.

The other is a page of video clips of several harpers playing, in some cases, replicas of historical instruments.

Yesterday afternoon, Sam, Aran and I met at Sam’s house and spent the afternoon playing clarsach together, and yacking about music.  It was the second time we’ve gotten together since Ann Heymann’s visit, and we’ve decided to make it a monthly event.  If you play wire strung harp and live in the Portland metro area, contact me, and I’ll help you get connected to this small group of harpers.

Happy New Year’s Eve.  –Sue

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