Drogheda harpers, members of Music Generation Louth, are set to perform at Millmount Museum from 11am to 12pm on Saturday next, October 16th which is Lá na Cruite, or Harp Day 2021.
Harps Alive takes place online and in person all over the world and, for the fifth year in a row, Irish harpers extend a warm invitation to harpers everywhere to join with them in celebrating the 1000-year-old Irish harping tradition.
Harps Alive will feature harps sounding loudly from dawn to dusk in iconic locations throughout Ireland, north and south and from as far away as Sydney, across the US, New Zealand and Japan. Closer to home, harpers in France, Italy, Switzerland and the UK join us to celebrate our vibrant harping tradition.
Lá na Cruite │Harp Day ‘21 focuses on three themes: Connecting, Engaging and Collaborating, where harpers connect with nature, engage with one another and their audiences and collaborate with other artists to present a new ’take’ on the harping tradition.
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“We are excited that our 2021 programme highlights the vibrance of the harping tradition, its extraordinary popularity and its great diversity’ comments Aibhlín McCrann, Chair, Cruit Éireann Harp Ireland, “The harp is a vibrant cultural presence across different genres; we are thrilled to be working with so many gifted harpers and artists to shine a spotlight on harping and welcome new audiences to enjoy it.”
Three online concerts will take place where harpers connect, engage and collaborate in an exciting series of initiatives partnering with aerial artists, rap artists, singers and other traditional musicians as they push the harp to its limits, exploring new possibilities and creating unforgettable musical experiences.
The intrepid Music Generation Louth harp ensemble, led by Deirdre Ní Bhuachalla, set sail on Carlingford Lough Ferry with six harps, fiddle player Zoe Conway and Guitarist John McIntyre to perform Ómós Shéamuis, composed in memory of Seamus Heaney. They will be joined as well by additional members of the ensemble who were filmed at the stunning Flagstaff viewpoint overlooking Carlingford Lough and surrounds. This performance will be aired during the online series on Harp Ireland’s facebook and youtube channels.
Public health guidelines permitting, harpers will take to the sea and the hills, to their local villages and towns to perform on Lá na Cruite│Harp Day.
In North Louth, members of the Music Generation Louth Harp Ensemble, under the direction of Deirdre Ní Bhuachalla, will provide a soundtrack as you meander through time at County Museum, Dundalk. Live harp music can be heard on each level of the museum from 11am to 1pm. This will be followed by a “hands on harp” event at Dundalk Library from 1.30 to 2.30, where you can come along and try our national instrument and hear some of the Music Generation Louth musicians perform.
In Drogheda, local Music Generation Louth harpers, under the direction of Fiona Gryson, will perform at Millmount Museum from 11am to 12pm which will also be followed by a “hands on harp” event so members of the public can try out our beloved instrument.
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