Friday, April 19, 2013

Event tomorrow : ancient harp music in Dundee


From Sheena Wellington:

On Saturday 20th April, the Friends of Wighton's monthly Cappuccino Concert will feature Simon Chadwick in a special launch performance of his new harp CD, Tarbh.

The concert takes place in the Wighton Heritage Centre, upstairs in Dundee Central Library - admission is £5.   Doors open, and coffee and newspapers are available, from 10.30am with the music from 11am until
12 noon.

Simon Chadwick is a specialist in the historic harp traditions of Scotland and Ireland.    He lives in St Andrews on the east coast of Scotland, and has been studying and teaching the early clarsach for fourteen years, including running the weekly harp class in the Wighton Centre, Dundee.    This is Simon's third recording.    His two previous CDs were released in 2008 and 2012.

Tarbh presents five large-scale compositions by Ranald McDonald who lived in the seventeenth century in the west highlands of Scotland.  

This grandly architectural music, taken from traditional bagpipe, fiddle and vocal settings, is here presented in new adaptions for solo clarsach.

The ringing resonance of the replica Queen Mary harp's gold and silver strings creates a rich and evocative sound for these intricate and complex musical journeys.

For more information about the new CD, please click here.