Become a Patron of the Arts for Siobhán Armstrong

Hello, friends.  Siobhan Armstrong, an Irish harper, and the director of the Historical Harp Society of Ireland, needs your help.  Siobhan is fundraising for a CD project that will feature the music of 16th Century Ireland.  On the forthcoming CD, she’ll play various harps, including her Kortier Trinity replica, and  will be accompanied by a range of musicians, including, as she explains on the video, a number of “up and coming” young Irish musicians and singers.  What a great project to support!

Please join me in immediately supporting this crowdsourced campaign, which will end on July 26, 2014.  Here’s the link to the secure FundIt site (http://fundit.ie/project/cd-music-of-16th-century-ireland).  Give a little if you can, and give a lot if it’s possible to do so.  Now, go watch the video, be inspired, and support this magnificent instrument’s revival.

PS:  I neglected to post information on the blog about a campaign that Simon Chadwick ran a few months back to support a concert series in St. Andrews, Scotland.   These projects are worthy of support, and you’ll feel the splendid surge of happiness that comes with providing 21st century patronage for players of the marvelous early Gaelic harp.

Wishing you a summer of good music and adventures,

-Sue

 

 

Cunningham Wire Strung Harp for Sale

Cunningham harp

A close friend, Kathleen Staub, who is a well-known lever harp teacher in Portland, is offering her Cunningham 33 string modern wire strung harp for sale.  I have no financial interest in the sale, but am posting it for my friend.  Please take a look at her website for further information, and kindly contact her directly if you are interested in further information.

-Sue

The sound of gold strings

Brendan Ring has just posted his first video clip playing the new Trinity College Harp by William MacDonald of Skye. This one is strung all in gold, and as you will hear, has found its voice early. Enjoy the lush sound of Brendan’s playing. The tune is a piobaireachd entitled Clan Ranald’s March to Edinburgh.

See and hear for yourself what you may think of the sound of gold throughout the instrument. Some commentators on the WireHarp list think gold isn’t worth the investment, but I heartily disagree. If you’d like a closer look at the instrument, William MacDonald has posted a video clip:

–Sue

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