CD: Music of 16th Century Ireland
Siobhan Armstrong | Kilkenny
- Target: €11000
rewards for funding this project:
Thank you! I’ll email you a track from the CD, when it is released.
A signed copy of my 2004 solo CD, Cláirseach na hÉireann: The Harp of Ireland. Includes P&P.
A signed copy of the new CD. Includes P&P.
Signed copies of both CDs. Includes P&P. PLUS a thank you on my web site.
The above. PLUS a phone or Skype mini-concert: Siobhán will play you—or another person of your choice—a harp tune from the new CD and ‘Happy Birthday’ if it’s a birthday.
The above. PLUS your name will appear on the CD booklet Supporters’ Thank You page.
Signed copies of both CDs. Includes P&P. PLUS a 60-minute one-to-one session with Siobhán [in person in Ireland—venue to be agreed—or over Skype]: coaching for historical and modern harpists [post-beginner to professional levels], singers [of English and Irish], and traditional Irish, or period European, musical instruments; an introduction to early Irish or other historical harp of your choice; an introduction to Irish music MSS and early printed sources. Contact me about other topics in which you may be interested. Tutoring also available in German and French. PLUS a thank you on my web site. PLUS your name will appear on the CD booklet Supporters’ Thank You page.
The above. PLUS a 20 minute solo harp recital for you in addition to the coaching session. PLUS your name prominently displayed on the CD booklet Supporters’ Thank You page.
Siobhán will deliver a signed copy of the new CD to you, in person, and will perform a 40 minute recital for you and your guests. PLUS a signed copy of my 2004 CD. PLUS your name prominently displayed on the CD booklet Supporters’ Thank You page. Accommodation—if needed—and travel costs extra.
Siobhán will travel to you to give you and your friends (up to eight players in total if it’s a harp workshop) / harp society / music association / academic institution a music workshop, topics to be agreed in advance between us. It could include a 1 hr lecture on the history of the early Irish—or other historical—harps and two 1 ¼ hr workshop sessions [modern and historical harps welcome]. PLUS Signed copies of both CDs. PLUS your name prominently displayed on the CD booklet Supporters’ Thank You page. Accommodation—if needed—and travel costs extra.
Siobhán will be your guide for two days in Ireland with a fun itinerary which you will decide with her, which could involve trips to the coastline, sightseeing in medieval Kilkenny or other Irish cities / famous monastic sites / Wicklow, or other, mountains and Glendalough, and/or visiting the historic harps in Irish museum and private collections. PLUS this reward also includes two optional hours of one-to-one music coaching / tuition and a 40 minute recital for you. PLUS signed copies of both CDs. PLUS your name prominently displayed on the CD booklet Supporters’ Thank You page. All accommodation and travel costs extra.
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MUSIC of IRELAND Vol. I: The 16th Century
Hello! This is the debut recording of The Irish Consort, which I direct. It is the first CD in my new, ground breaking recording project. The complete series will present the music of early Ireland 1500 to1800: historical Irish repertory together with the music of the non-Gaelic inhabitants. It is the first recording of its kind and brings together the passion and expertise of some of the best historical and traditional Irish musicians, with the finest international early music performers in the field.
Forgotten gems of 16th century Irish music and the exquisite music of the Tudor and Elizabethan colonists of the period:
• The first ever recording of early Irish plainchant by an Irish plainchant schola accompanied by early Irish harp.
• Repertoire from Henry VIII’s Songbook, which may have been familiar in the Pale and the earliest Tudor plantations in Ireland.
• Some of the oldest extant Irish harp music: ancient preludes and laments, and compositions of the 16th century Irish harper, Ruaidhrí Dall Ó Catháin.
• Reconstructions of some of the earliest surviving songs in the Irish language.
• The earliest known Irish dances preserved in English MSS and early printed collections.
• Lute and consort songs by two of the greatest English Elizabethan composers, John Dowland and William Byrd, whose works would have been performed at home by the aristocratic English colonists.
• Polyphonic instrumental consort music composed by Cormacke McDermott, the first Irish harper employed at the Elizabethan court at the end of the 16th century, reconstructed from manuscript part books and recorded here, for the first time, by a viol consort with Renaissance lute and early Irish harp.
John Elwes: Tenor
Róisín O’Grady: Soprano
Áine Ní Dhroighneáin: Sean-nós singer
Fredrik Bock: Renaissance Lute
Laoise O’Brien: Recorders
Sarah Groser, Reiko Ichise & Sylvie Moquet: Viols
Siobhán Armstrong: Early Irish harp & late medieval bray harp
The Irish Consort Plainchant Scola:
Paul McGough, Greg Skidmore, Eunan McDonald & Timothy Murphy
The CD has been recorded. The Arts Council of Ireland’s Music Recording Scheme, managed by Music Network, generously supported it, helping with artists’ fees, international travel and accommodation for many of the thirteen performers involved. The completion of the project now needs €11,000 to cover the costs of venue hire, sound engineering, post-production editing and mastering, CD + booklet production, and marketing.
I'll be just thrilled if you choose to fund this unique project; I hope that you will feel real satisfaction in knowing that you are in at the start of something very special that's never happened before: your support will enable me to shine a light on the most ancient, noble and exquisite musical cultures ever heard on the island of Ireland and you can feel content that you are doing your part to support and encourage those of us who wish to restore these illustrious musical treasures to the world.
With all my best wishes,