Get to Know Us in LUNENBURG
Supper 4:30pm at the Old Fish Factory Restaurant
Thursday evening Ann & Charlie
MEET The GAELIC HARP CONCERT
7:30pm Lunenburg Academy September 27
FRIDAY NIGHT in HALIFAX
OPENING HARP FESTIVAL
with a special appearance by
Lewis MacKinnon, Poet Laureate of Scotland
Executive Director Gaelic Affairs, Province of Nova Scotia
Ann Heymann Queen of Harps
MEET THE GAELIC HARP
7:30pm Friday, September 28, 2018
All Nations Church, 2535 Robie St., Halifax, N.S.
“Guth Binn agus Teada Oir” – “Sweet Voice and Strings of Gold”
Ann opens a window to another time, the ancient Irish and Scottish and Welsh traditions. What part did the Clairseach play in the music and Poetry of the Bards ? What did medieval Welsh music sound like? A Bray Harp ? Is it legal to play gold strings ?
“Heymann, twice harp champion in Ireland and author of the harper’s bible, Secrets of the Gaelic Harp, has been instrumental in resurrecting the “true” Irish harp. These days it’s played professionally by only a handful of musicians. “Although we have great appreciation for all kinds of music around the world, harp music has been largely ignored,” she complained. “When I started, there were no tapes, no teachers, no books on it, nothing. I just had to pluck the strings.”
SATURDAY Morning & Afternoon
10 – 12 lunch on-site 1 – 4 Saturday, September 29, 2018
The Garrison Room, North Magazine Halifax Citadel
5425 Sackville St., Halifax, N.S.
“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
Three Iconic Pieces : Music from Denis O’Hampsey (1695 – 1807) Irish Harper
From Port to Court
Ceol Mor and the Clairseach
Piobreach and the Harp – Pipers will love this !
LUNCH 12 – 1 When you hear the noon gun, you’ll know it’s time to eat!
The Coffee Shop, beside the information desk, just past the Gift Shop and in the Soldiers’ Library, will be open for drinks and sandwiches/soup. Tim’s, Second Cup and similar off site products are not allowed. Bringing your own lunch from home in a backpack or purse is permissible. At 12:30 you will be treated to a concert by the resident Citadel Pipers.
Ann and Charlie Heymann and Friends
7:30 pm Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018
St. Matthew’s Church, Barrington St., Halifax, N.S.
“Far from Home”
Ann & Charlie play modern and current traditions including O’Carolan, dance music, slow airs, amhran, port-a-beul, ballads with accordion, cittern, bodhran, bones, with surprise appearances by their new friends.
Ann & Charlie
HANDS – ON FUN
11:00 to 1:00 Open Tune Class with Charlie Heymann
Bring your instrument or audit, learn the old – fashioned way – by ear – and get the dots later !
Seanchaidh Room Old Triangle Irish Alehouse 5136 Prince St., Halifax, N.S
Modern Influences: Terry “Cuz” Teahan, James Kelly, Norah Grealis
Charlie will introduce the music of Terry “Cuz” Teahan, a well – loved Chicago musician who died in 1989 and was a good friend to young musicians interested in Irish music there. Cuz was a prolific writer/composer of tunes, many of which Ann hand – transcribed for the published book “The Road to Glountane”. His tunes are now played throughout the world by groups like The Chieftains and in 2013 fiddler Niamh Ni Charra released a whole cd of his music – two he wrote especially for Ann – “Ann’s Harp” and “Ann Heymann”.
1:00 – 2:00 Sean Nos dance class with Elizabeth MacDonald
2:00 – 4:00 Option 1: Learn Traditional Group Dances with Elizabeth MacDonald backed up by Ann & Charlie and the Triangle Session Band
Option 2: Play harp with Ann & Charlie and the Triangle Session Band
Option 3: Drink HARP Beer (on tap) and enjoy yourself.
4:00 – 5:00 Singing around the Table, Harp Session on the Floor, 4:45 Auction
5:00 – 7:00 FAREWELL SUPPER at McKelvie’s
7:30 Barra MacNeils
“On the Bright Side” Concert
Spatz Theatre, Citadel High School, Trollope St., Halifax, N.S.
Buy tickets from their website.