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Thread #17195   Message #3788838
Posted By: keberoxu
05-May-16 - 03:37 PM
Thread Name: Who are your favorite harpists?
Subject: RE: Who are your favorite harpists?
I am posting to this thread even though I can't really answer the question that is the thread title, my conscience nags me about this so I have to say something as a disclaimer.

There are three names that come up in a conference paper from twenty years ago, presented by Irish harpist Janet Harbison. Here's a direct quote:

"Another world of harping emerged in the early 1970s directly in response to the American folk music revival, which cross-fertilzed with, and energetically animated, Irish [traditional] music making at this time....A small number of us younger harp players in Ireland...responded with playing instrumental music featuring the trendier traditional jigs, reels, and hornpipes. These would include Máire Ní Chathasaigh of Bandon in Cork, Noreen O'Donoghue of North Dublin, and myself. I preferred the challenge of playing the harp rather than another instrument in sessions[...], and I was always welcomed with it, whether as melody player or accompanist....I was happy to...indulge in the vast dance music repertoire which all my traditional musician friends outside school were playing nightly."

pp. 96 - 97, from "Harpists, Harpers, or Harpees?"
© Janet Harbison and The Crossroads Conference, 1999
from the proceedings, The Crossroads Conference of 1996
published, Dublin: Whinstone Music, 1999


I had never before heard of Noreen O'Donoghue; she seems to be well-known in Ireland but has a low profile otherwise. Anyone else hear of her?