Carolan's Welcome: An Evening of Harp Music

Magherafelt, 17 Nov 2017

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Seamus Heaney HomePlace, 45 Main Street, Bellaghy, BT45 8HT

Seamus Heaney HomePlace is delighted to present an evening celebrating the blind harpist Turlough Carolan, in conjunction with Bellaghy Historical Society.

Carolan was an early Irish harper, 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.

Join HomePlace for an inspirational and evocative evening of harps in the Helicon.

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