O'Neill's Harper by Janet Harbison
Solo album of song and harp, featuring historic pieces and some original music dedicated to patrons in the Ulster O'Neill clan. This recording patronised by the current Lord O'Neill of Shane's Castle, Antrim.
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|Instruments:||Irish Harp & Voice|
|Genre:||Traditional / Contemporary|
|Label:||Irish Harp Centre|
|01||Marcaíocht Uí Néill - O'Neill's Cavalcade|
|02||Lamentation of Eoghan Roe O'Neill|
|03||Chief O'Neill's Favorite|
|04||The Maid on the Shore|
|09||The Wild Geese|
|10||Shane O'Neill's March|
|11||Siún Ní Dhuihhir|
|13||The Yellow Man|
|14||My Lagan Love|
|15||Eleanor O'Connor, Mo Mháthairín|
|16||Tribute to O'Neill|
O'Neill's Harper is an album of Irish harp music and song that, while rooted in the history of the harp in Ireland brings the harp and its music well into the 20th century. Janet Harbison's contemporary, yet traditional style is arresting and her own innovative compositions prove that Irish harper-composers are far from dead. Although Janet features on at least a dozen other artistes' albums, this is her first solo contribution to the published repertoire. While most of the instrumental pieces were chosen for their historical relevance, some were chosen to honour the interests and patronage of the present Lord O'Neill, and others simply because Janet liked them!
Janet Harbison was born in Dublin and was first introduced to the harp in Sion Hill Convent under the tuition of Máirín Ferriter. Most of her influences, however, were gleaned from piping, fiddling and fluting friends, and while she is also a well known classical pianist, her style of harping is deeply rooted in the folk tradition. After winning every major harp competition in Ireland and abroad between 1979 and 1981, she embarked on an international performance career. Composition and arrangement for various media also featured prominently in her activities, and from about 1980, she became a much sought after teacher.
In 1984, Janet came to live in Belfast where she conducted a special study into the Bunting Manuscript Collection of music transcribed from the harpers at the Belfast Harpers Assembly of 1792. From 1986 to 1994 she was the Curator of Music at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum where she managed and developed the museum's various music collections along with an extensive education and music festival programme.
Throughout the years, Janet has pioneered performance in the traditional repertoire and teaching in the age-old oral method. In 1985 she founded Cláirseóirí na hÉireann the Irish Harpers' Association, the Glencolmcille Harp Festival and in 1992, she launched the Belfast Harp Orchestra which has achieved world-wide acclaim in its own right as well as in the company of the Chieftains. Also in 1992 she directed the World Harp Festival, Belfast celebrating the Bicentenary of the Belfast Harpers' Assembly.
Now Janet has returned to her life as a freelance performer, composer, lecturer, teacher and writer on the subjects of Ireland's cultural heritage, the many voices of folk-music in Ulster today, and of course, on the illustrious tradition of Ireland's national emblem, the harp.
Marcaíocht Uí Néill - O'Neill's Cavalcade
Lamentation of Eoghan Roe O'Neill
Chief O'Neill's Favorite
The Maid on the Shore
The Wild Geese
Shane O'Neill's March
Siún Ní Dhuihhir
The Yellow Man
My Lagan Love
Eleanor O'Connor, Mo Mháthairín
Tribute to O'Neill
recordings were made on digital tape in July 1988 at Homestead
Studios. Randalstown, Co. Antrim.
The cover shows the white marble statue of O'Neill"s harper, who continues to play for the illustrious ancestors of Ulster's most powerful and historic clan, by the family vault in the grounds of Shane's Castle on Lord O'Neill's estate in Antrim.
My thanks to Lord O'Neill of Shane's Castle for his encouragement and support in this production commemorating the historic O'Neills in the music of their harpers through the centuries.
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