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Thread #159372   Message #3789221
Posted By: keberoxu
08-May-16 - 03:39 PM
Thread Name: 'All the dear Spinning Eileens' (Irish harpists)
Subject: RE: 'All the dear Spinning Eileens' (Irish harpists)
Just watched episode 1, "An Cruit," from the "Mna an Cheoil" television series (TG4). With headphones on, and English subtitles for the Gaelic comments.

Still no Caroline Townsend -- the show jumps straight to the harp rooms in the convent schools, to which Ms. Townsend did not go; students came to her, it is written, at her home in Dublin.

Mentioned on this thread, and paid brief attention in "An Cruit," are:

Róisín Ní Shé, Bean Uí Thuama, singing and playing the harp, surrounded by her grandchildren, in a clip from the television programme "Dílin O Deamhas."

Máirín Ní Shé, photographed alone and with her sisters at their harps.

Mary O'Hara, in concert.

Gráinne Yeats, in concert.

Aibhlín McCrann.
Janet Harbison.
Máire Ní Chatasaigh.
Cormac de Barra.
Laoise Kelly.
Caitriona Yeats.
The Belfast Harp Orchestra (they have another name today I believe)

And the brass-strung "clarseach" is represented by Siobhá Armstrong, first time I ever heard one: wow. Sounds less like a harpsichord than like a hammered dulcimer.