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Posted By: keberoxu
15-Apr-16 - 05:27 PM
Thread Name: 'All the dear Spinning Eileens' (Irish harpists)
Subject: RE: 'All the dear Spinning Eileens' (Irish harpists)
Another quote from the Crosbhealach an Cheoil conference in 1996.
Copyright, however, dated 1999, and the copyright belongs to:
Crosbhealach an Cheoil, and
Janet Harbison, the author of:

"Harpists, Harpers, or Harpees?"

My harp teacher, Máirín Ferriter (née Ní Shé), taught the harp players of Sion Hill convent by ear. She could not read music and those of us, her harp students, who also learned piano, were often called upon to sound the music which she had in books. While she enjoyed to discover this music, she taught us as she herself was taught by Caroline Townsend; and [Mrs. Ferriter's] most famous students rising to fame after the "An Tostal" post-war celebration of Irishness in 1953 were Mary O'Hara, Deirdre O'Callaghan, and Kathleen Watkins. These were still the stars of our harp room in the mid [nineteen-]sixties.

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