Ann Heymann: Meet the Gaelic Harp, November 8
7:30pm, FREE to the public, located in Inis Meáin
After two hundred years of silence, the famous harp of Ireland and Scotland is once again being heard and Minnesota is playing a key role in its revival.
Gaelic harper Ann Heymann is a pioneer who recreated techniques documented in medieval manuscripts to recreate a performance practice that is the basis for courses in Ireland, Scotland and around the world.
Ann and musical husband Charlie Heymann will give a series of five seminar-performances in the coming year at the Celtic Junction. These events, supported by a Minnesota State Arts Board “Arts Learning” grant, are free and open to the public. The first, "Meet the Gaelic Harp will include an introduction to the instrument and an overview of its history and music.
An exciting component of this grant is that two individuals from the metro area are being selected to receive—free of charge—a year's worth of lessons from Ann and their own Gaelic harp made by master harpmaker David Kortier of Duluth. Recipients will be announced and their harps will be presented at this first event.
Future seminar/performances will include:
- Old Stories for a New Year (January 2014)
- The Birds, the Bees & the Cláirseach (February 2014)
- The Three Musics (April 2014)
- A Gaelic Harp Celebration (September 2014)
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.