July 23rd - 29th 2022

Player Sessions

Sing and play Turlough Carolan’s harp song, Fanny Poer. (1 of 2)

Eibhlís Ní Ríordáin

75 mins

Level: All

Sunday July 24th

15:30 - 16:45 GMT +1

Support Material

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Event Overview

Many versions of Fanny Poer (or Power), composed for the Galway heiress, Frances Power, by the iconic harper, Turlough Carolan (1670–1738), were collected in 18th-century Ireland, and the melody is still in the living tradition. But the Irish-language lyrics, found in a much smaller number of sources, are very rarely sung. In this first session (of two), for voice and harp, Eibhlís will guide you through the MS, and printed, sources of this elegant harp song. Then, using the Irish-language lyrics, you will learn to pronounce the words, and sing it, also working on breathing, phrasing, intonation and ornamentation.

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

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