HHSI SUMMER CONCERT SERIES 2016
Music & Memoirs of an Irish Harper:
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.
The Historical Harp Society of Ireland is kindly funded by its members, patrons, and the following organisations: