Carolan's Welcome: An evening of Harp Music
Start Date: 17 November 2017
End Date: 17 November 2017
Venue: Seamus Heaney HomePlace
Admission: £5/ £3 to members of Bellaghy Historical Society
Telephone: 028 7938 7444
'Wider than the heavens is my fame..I am the best as regards the power of my fingers...nobody will ever be found to match me.'
- Turlough Carolan
Turlough Carolan was an early Irish harpist, composer and singer famed for his melodic compositions. Born in 1670, Carolan was not a composer in the classical sense, but is considered by many to be Ireland’s national composer.
The evening will feature a lecture by Nicholas Carolan, Director Emeritus of the Irish Traditional Music Archive in Dublin. Nicholas is a researcher and writer and frequent lecturer on traditional music, but is best known as the presenter of the long-running archival television series Come West along the Road on RTÉ and Siar an Bóthar on TG4.
Carolan’s music will be performed by Cláirseacha Álainn, an ensemble of six harpists featuring Maria McGowan – former All Ireland Harp Champion and member of the Belfast Harp Orchestra – Sianine McGowan and several Ulster champions.