Féile Patrick Byrne, in conjunction with the Historical Harp Society of Ireland, is delighted to present a concert of solo harp music and harp songs with Ireland’s foremost historical harpist Siobhán Armstrong and prize-winning singer Eibhlís Ní Riordáin.
Siobhán Armstrong is one of Europe’s foremost historical harpists and plays an extensive collection of copies of medieval, Renaissance and multi-row baroque harps. A versatile musician, she is at home playing seventeenth-century opera in some of the world’s most prestigious opera houses, performing as a soloist on a Hollywood film soundtrack and gigging at some of the world’s best-known traditional music festivals.
Eibhlís Ní Ríordáin is an Oireachtas and Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann prize-winning sean-nós singer and also an historical harpist, presenting 17th- and 18th-century Irish harp songs. This is a much-neglected genre which she is almost unique in presenting in the manner of the old harpers i.e. accompanying her singing herself on a copy of an 18th-century Irish harp.
Together they will present a programme of Irish traditional music and song drawn from the old wire strung harp tradition, including music from the Oriel region. The nineteenth century Monaghan harper Patrick Byrne was a leading exponent of this tradition and this concert with Siobhán and Eibhlís offers a rare opportunity to explore the heritage of this great local musician.
AUDIENCE CAPACITY IS LIMITED FOR THIS CONCERT.
PLEASE CONTACT PATRICK KAVANAGH CENTRE 042 9378560 TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS.
Siobhán Armstrong homepage – http://www.siobhanarmstrong.com/
Eibhlís Ní Ríordáin hompage – https://www.eibhlis.ie/
Historical Harp Society hompage – http://irishharp.org/