Player Sessions

Eleanor Plunkett: a Carolan harp song in Bunting’s 18th-century manuscripts

Eibhlís Ní Ríordáin

75 mins

Level: Intermediate+

Thursday July 29th

15:30 - 16:45 GMT +1

Event Overview

This second session (of two) for voice and harp begins with a recap. of Wednesday’s vocal pronunciation and song work. Then you will learn more about how singing the lyrics of Irish harp songs, to your own harp accompaniment – or at least having a new-found familiarity and facility with their Irish-language song lyrics – can greatly enhance your harp playing, the cadences of the Irish language informing your ability to phrase authentically and naturally. This class aims to give you new insights into the subtleties of Carolan’s music – and an approach to performing other Irish harp songs – and offers you a way to produce flexible and fluid speech rhythms in your own performance of the melody. N.B. Session two of two (the first is at the same time on Wednesday.)

Materials provided in advance: lyrics + translation, lyrics recording, and Eibhlís’s reconstructed setting. This will allow you to prepare, and also to have authoritative, and practical, source material for your own subsequent work.

Post festival access: this event recording is available to ‘Early-Bird All Access’ and ‘All Access’ ticket holders until 29 December 2021.

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