National Harp Day / Lá na Cruite 2020 at ITMA

ITMA is delighted to join with Harp Ireland / Cruit Éireann to celebrate all things harp and harping in Ireland in the two-day celebration.

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Inishowen Harp Ensemble 2018

ITMA Archivist Maeve Gebruers & Brian Doyle ITMA Field Recording Officer have collated a selection of harping highlights from its recent field recording collections. We are indebted to all the performers for generous permission to share their music.

It will go live on Sunday 18 October 2020 at 5 pm on: 

ITMA Facebook Page

ITMA YouTube Channel

The video will feature the following performers and tunes:  

1. Michael Rooney, Achill International Harp Festival, Dooagh, Achill, Co. Mayo, 28 October 2018

Idir eatarthu = Between worlds, hornpipe [comp. Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin] / Michael Rooney, harp

2. Inishowen Harp Ensemble, Inishowen Traditional Music Project present: Recollections a concert celebrating the life and Music of Honoria Galwey, Moville, Co. Donegal, 2 November 2018

A selection of melodies from the Honoria Galwey Collection [airs] / Inishowen Harp Ensemble = Joleen Mc Laughlin, harp ; Kerri Mullan, harp ; Aoibhín Mc Ivor, harp ; Kieva McGonagle, harp ; Niamh Duffy, harp ; Cáit Ní Cheallaigh, harp

3. Lauren O'Neill & Dr. Peadar Mac Gabhann, Gradam Ceoil TG4 2020 Fringe Event, Sunflower Public House, Belfast, 20 February 2020

A contemporary re-imagination of harp music as accompaniment to the recitation of Tánag adhaigh go hEas gCaoille (T.D. Ó hUiginn) [poetry & music] / Lauren O'Neill, harp ; Peadar Mac Gabhann, speech in Irish

4. Elaine Hogan, Conal O'Kane & James Duddy, Achill International Harp Festival, Dooagh, Achill, Co. Mayo, 26 October 2019

Eugene's waltz [comp. Elaine Hogan] ; Rachael's jig [comp. Elaine Hogan] / Elaine Hogan, harp, Conal O'Kane, guitar ; James Duddy, bodhrán

5. Cormac de Barra, Jonathan Swift Festival: Turlough Carolan and the 18th century harpers, ITMA, Dublin, 29 November 2018

Mrs McDermott [comp. Carolan] [air] ; Lady Gethin [comp. Carolan] [air] / Cormac de Barra, harp

6. Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin & Helen Davies, Cairde na Cruite Summer Sessions, National Museum of Ireland, Dublin, 22 July 2005

A bhean údaí thall, song / Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin, singing in Irish ; Helen Davies, harp

7. Music Generation Laois, International Festival for Irish Harp, Gala Concert, An Grianán, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth, 3 July 2019

The blue chair jig [comp. Siobhán Buckley] / Laois Music Generation Harp Ensemble

For more information on other events celebrating Harp Day / Lá na Cruite 2020 please visit the Harp Ireland/Cruit Éireann website.