If you were ever thinking of coming to
Canada’s Celtic Heartland
NOW IS THE TIME
Salty Strings by Nova Scotian artist and harpist Cris Sonntag
Get ready for the launch of the first
Nova Scotia Harp Festival
September 27, 28, 29 and 30
The Harp, sometimes tall, sometimes small,
a time machine to an ancient place where winds sang through bright gold wires and candles cast shadows on stone walls.
lean in . . . hear the sweet vibrations . . .
lean forward . . .
she speaks . . .
“GET TO KNOW US” in UNESCO Lunenburg, NS
sold out Thursday 10:30am Sept. 27
Bluenose II Film 11am & Cruise 1:30pm
Supper @ The Old Fish Factory Restaurant
Join us Thursday 5pm Sept. 27
CONCERT AT LUNENBURG ACADEMY 7:30pm
TOWN CRIER OYEZ OYEZ OYEZ
“Guth Binn agus Teada Oir” “Sweet Voice and Strings of Gold”
Town Crier OPENING CEREMONY in Halifax, NS
at All Nations Church, corner of Robie & Charles Streets
Friday, Sept. 28 7:30pm
WITH LEWIS MACKINNON, POET LAUREATE OF SCOTLAND
“MEET THE GAELIC HARP”
Ann Heymann plays the legendary mythical harp of the ancients revealing the early traditions of the Irish and Scottish and the intertwining of them. Secrets of the Gaelic Harp which she has discovered from tireless research of old manuscripts the music of which she now plays on magnificent historic reproduction harps, strung with silver and gold, will include the performance of clairseach (harp) with Bardic Poetry, ancient lament and plain chant, courtly music, medieval Welsh harp music (bray harp), and more. A pioneer and winner with several distinctions she has earned the title “Queen of Harps”.
Ann will be joined by her multi-instrumentalist singer and husband, Charlie.
Ann’s WORKSHOPS 10 – 4 Saturday, Sept. 29 Garrison Room on Citadel Hill, Halifax
The harp was not a folk instrument, she noted. Harping was a sacred art form in Gaelic society, with its own mystique and symbolism. “In the folklore of the instrument, the harp had music for crying, music for laughing and music for sleeping,” Heymann said. “The first was to play for people who were injured or in pain, women in labor or men injured on the battlefield. The second was music of vigor, music of life, dance music, war music. The music for sleeping was actually music for death”. – Ann Heymann
- Power Point Presentations on Bees to Piobaireach (Pipe Music)
- Oldest Manuscripts
- Three Iconic Pieces; Music from Denis O’Hampsey, (1695—1807) Irish harper
- From Port to Court; the Gaelic harp in the 17th century
- Ceol Mor & the Cláirseach
GALA FESTIVAL CONCERT
St. Matthew’s Church Barrington St., Halifax
“Far from Home” Saturday, Sept. 29 7:30pm
Ann and Charlie – carrying the traditions forward – joined by members of the Nova Scotia Harp Ring and other stars in the diverse local galaxy
CHARLIE’S OPEN TUNE WORKSHOP Triangle on Prince St., Halifax
Sunday, Sept. 30 11am – 1:30pm
DANCE with Elizabeth or PLAY with Ann & Charlie & Kevin & Co. Sunday, Sept. 30 2pm – 4pm
HARP SESSION and Silent Auction 4pm – 5pm
FAREWELL SUPPER McKelvie’s 5pm – 7pm
CONCERT Barra MacNeils 7:30 Sunday Sept. 30
Our crew warmly greets you.