Public Concert - Guth Binn 7 Téada Óir • Bardic Voices, Horns And Medieval Harps - with Ann & Charlie Heymann, Lillis Ó Laoire and Simon Dwyer

Aula Maxima

Date & Time
30th November, 2012 @ 19:00:00

Guth Binn 7 Téada Óir • Bardic Voices, Horns and medieval harps

On Friday, November 30th at 7 pm, NUI Galway's Aula Maxima will resound with the ancient sounds of early Irish harp, voice and horn. Gold-strung cláirseachs played by Ann Heymann will accompany 7th-18th century Gaelic poems (including genres of laoi, rosc and amhrán) sung by Charlie Heymann and Lillis Ó Laoire. For contrast, early Welsh poetry by the famous poets Aneirin and Taliesin, will be performed, accompanied by horsehair harp, crwth and various lyres. Adding to the musical soundscape are Simon O'Dwyer's pre-historic and medieval horns, bells and pipes. A wine reception follows the concert, allowing for an opportunity to meet the performers and get a closer look at the instruments.

Ann Heymann is renowned for having recreated specialized techniques that articulate the voice of the cláirseach. Her visionary use of gold wire, which is based both on evidence in the literature and in the physical construction of the cláirseach, has restored to the instrument a brilliant rich voice. Husband Charlie, a graduate of Northwestern University's inaugural ethnomusicology programme, is both a vocalist and instrumentalist, and for over thirty-five years the couple have performed and taught across four continents. The couple is currently at NUI Galway, Ann having been awarded a Moore Institute Fellowship to study the use of the harp in the performance of early Irish poetry.

Lillis Ó Laoire, lecturer in Irish and Head of School, Languages, Literatures and Cultures at NUI, Galway, is an award winning Gaelic singer, scholar, and writer from the Gaelic speaking region of Donegal. He teaches courses in Gaelic language, culture and folklore at NUI, Galway, and his publications include 'On a Rock in the Middle of the Ocean: Songs and Singers in Tory Island, Ireland' (2005).

Simon O'Dwyer has brought the sound of ancient Irish horns, bells and pipes to audiences around the globe. Author of "Prehistoric Music of Ireland", O'Dwyer documents both his research and his making of these reproduction instruments.

This event is free and open to the public and takes place in the Aula Maxima, NUI, Galway, on Friday, the 30 November at 7:00 pm.