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Festival Concerts

Friday, June 14, 2013 at 11:15pm

Siobhán Armstrong, Irish harp
& Aine Ni Dhroighneain, voice

My Small Dark Rose: Music of Early Ireland
Emmanuel Church

Enjoy the ravishing high art of the old Gaelic world with the singing of Áine Ní Dhroighneáin and the rare, exquisite sound of the early Irish harp, played by Ireland’s foremost historical harpist, Siobhán Armstrong. Ní Dhroighneáin sings ancient and highly evocative unaccompanied songs in the florid sean-nós way, and also performs meltingly beautiful 17th- and 18th-century Irish harpers’ songs. Siobhán Armstrong plays a facsimile copy of Ireland’s national emblem, the Trinity College harp, which is perhaps Europe’s oldest surviving harp. She plays both sparkling and melancholic compositions of the early Irish harpers in the ancient manner, with fingernails striking brass, silver, and 18-carat gold strings.

Armstrong and Ni Dhroighneain

"Siobhan Armstrong is one of today's top Irish harpers."
NPR Music