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Friday 19th August, 8.00pm.
Chapter House, St. Mary’s Cathedral, James’s St.
€18/€12 concession. Book: 353(0)83 860 9677 or at door

Thursday 25th August, 8.00pm.
Nun’s Island Theatre, 23 Nun’s Island.
€18/€12 concession. Book online at, or at door

Friday 26th August, 8.00pm
St Audeon’s Church, Cornmarket, Dublin 8
€18/€12 concession. Book: 353(0)83 860 9677 or at door

Music & Memoirs of an Irish Harper:
On the bicentenary of Arthur Ó Néill, c. 1737-1816

The Historical Harp Society of Ireland Summer Concert Series 2016 features the beautiful bell-like sounds of Ireland’s iconic instrument, the brass-strung early Irish harp, in a programme that celebrates the bicentenary of Arthur Ó Néill, one of the last of Ireland’s travelling harpers, who died in 1816.

Arthur Ó Néill was one of the most important of the harpers who gathered in Belfast in 1792 for the famous Belfast Harpers’ Meeting, where Edward Bunting, a 19-year-old organist, wrote down the music and information on the unique harp that the Irish harpers played.

Arthur had a wonderful memory and a rich fund of stories about his life as a traveling harper. He dictated his memoirs, which served as an important source for Bunting’s work on Irish music. These are a lively and often humorous series of anecdotes that give a wonderful glimpse of an 18th-century Irish harper’s life and the society that he played for.

The concert will feature stories from Arthur Ó Néill’s entertaining memoir, along with a wonderful programme of the music and songs collected from him by Edward Bunting.

Siobhán Armstrong & Éamonn Ó Bróithe
Siobhán Armstrong on Youtube

Ann Heymann
Ann Heymann on Youtube

Siobhán Armstrong

Ann Heymann

Éamonn Ó Bróithe




The Historical Harp Society of Ireland is kindly funded by its members, patrons, and the following organisations:

Supported by the Arts Council
An Chomhairle Ealaíon (The Arts Council)

Music Network, & The Dept of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Kilkenny County Council, Fáilte Ireland, & IPB Insurance
By bringing communities together through a community tourism initiative for the diaspora, this event is supported in partnership with Kilkenny County Council, Fáilte Ireland and IPB Insurance.