Rewards on the way!
We've been sending out the maps, so you can look forward to receiving them soon. For those of you who are receiving CDs, we're still awaiting CDs from two of the musicians, but will have them in the post before long. In the meanwhile, Coracle are planning their own CD. You'll hear about it, when it is available.
Carlo is busy working on Coracle's promotional video which includes scenes from their performance at The Galway Early Music Festival. Can't wait to see it!
Coracle gave an amazing concert!
Coracle gave their concert on Sunday May 20 in Aughnanure Castle and it was brilliant! The venue (the top floor of a 15th century tower house that once belonged to the O'Flaherty family and Grainne Mhaile (Grace O'Malley - pirate queen) was so perfect for the music. The acoustic for the wire strung harp was a revelation. When you hear the instrument in the right place, it helps to understand why it was THE noble instrument of Ireland and Scotland for so long. Griogair Labhraidh's Gaelic songs were so strong - a truely heroic poetry. Barnaby introduced the triple pipes to many who had never seen nor heard them before, and played a beautiful pibroch as the last piece (outside - wow!) They all went off to Clonmacnoise the next day to see the stone carving of triple pipes on one of the high crosses.
Thank you all for giving us the opportunity to bring Coracle to the Festival. We are in the process of sending out the rewards, but we hope you will be patient. The festival organisation took over until yesterday. We'll get started on the mailing asap - iit won't be long now!
Thanks to you all, we made it!!
Thanks to our funders, we made our goal. Only a week and half until the concert and we're busy with last minute details, such as how to get 50 chairs up the winding staircase of a medieval castle!! It's going to be such an atmospheric concert. Hope to see many of you there! If you can't be there, there WILL be a video.
Nota Bene: Schedule Change for Coracle
Coracle will be performing at 6 pm (rather than 5 pm) in Aughnanure Caslte on Sunday, May 20. The later start time is to facilitate another Festival event: a screening of Master & Commander (which uses early music contemporary to the action in the film). The whole weekend is full of fantastic musical events. If you haven't already seen the programme ,do check it out at www.galwayearlymusic.com.
Wonderful venue finalised!
The venue for Coracle's concert will be Aughnanure Castle near Oughterard, Co Galway. Aughnanure is one of well over 200 tower houses in Co. Galway. It was built by the O'Flahertys in c. 1500 and had a very colourful history. It was handed over to the Irish Office of Public Works (OPW) by Peter Faherty in 1952. It is in beautiful surroundings near Lough Corrib and should be a wonderfully atmospheric venue for this concert.
Siobhán gives a preview
I'll be playing some 'ports': beautiful and almost completely unknown 17th century Gaelic harp tunes, which were probably composed by Ruaidhri Dall O Cathain, a gentleman harper from the north west of Ireland, who spent much of his life in the Scottish Highlands. It is he, for example, who composed 'Tabhair Dom do Lamh', a tune still played by traditional musicians in Ireland.
We don't have such early versions of his tunes in Ireland but they still survive across the water because literate Scottish Renaissance lute players transcribed these wonderful melodies into their tune books using lute 'tablature': a system of notating music akin to modern guitar tablature. So the tunes need to be deciphered and then I need to see if I would change them in any way to make them more 'harp-like' again. In practice though, I don't change very much at all: they shine as they are!
Barnaby puts in a word
Barnaby wrote to me to tell me how excited they are to be coming to Galway. We'll have more news on the details of the music they will be playing soon. He also wants you to know that his last name is Brown (not Browne). I think a rogue 'e' got onto the project page somewhere!
Thank you to the anonymous donor who was very quick off the mark!! Hope you'll be at the Festival.