of the Harp
Kathleen Loughnane, the face behind the harp of Galway quartet Dordán, finally gets around to delivering a solo album. Affairs of the Harp is a harp album pure and simple, but one with a difference. For a start, it calls on names like Alec Finn, Sharon Shannon, Seán Ryan and her Dordán compatriot Martina Goggin, to lend a subtle hand to the proceedings. The combined efforts of all involved yield a sweetly uplifting result. I'll Mend Your Pots and Kettles, O! has Sharon Shannon’s accordion and Martina Goggin’s djembe and Alec Finn’s bouzouki together in a Sliabh Luachra/Cape Breton outcome. Kathleen’s own deft touches are a sublime pleasure, from the pronounced tune playing of President Garfield to the melancholic slow air The Wild Geese. A song air from Co. Tipperary, Iníon an Fhaoit ón nGleann, blends Seán Ryan’s whistle with Kathleen’s harp in the most outwardly Dordán sounding track on display and Alec Finn’s bouzouki adds an Elizabethan air to Cornelius Lyons’ Miss Hamilton, while O’Carolan’s presence is found in Lady Dillon, Lady Gethin and Morgan Magan. Affairs of the Harp escapes the obvious harp album net with a choice selection of source material and some inspired playing both from the main protagonist and her special guests. John O’Regan – Folk Roots – March ’98
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MEND YOUR POTS AND KETTLES. O!
THE OPEN ROAD
MISTRESS WHARTON DUFF
|4||THE WILD GEESE||
UAILE / GRACE O'MALLEY
THE MISTLETOE WALTZ
WOODS OF TRUIGHA
THE NORTHUMBRIAN HORNPIPE
THE WESTERN HORNPIPE
|7||INION AN FHAOIT ON NGLEANN /WHITE'S DAUGHTER FROM THE GLEN||
KELLY / CAISLEAN UI CHEALLAIGH
THE WATERFORD WALTZ
The sheet music for these tunes are in the companion book Affairs of the Harp
I'll MEND YOUR POTS AND KETTLES. O!
THE WILD GEESE
GRAINE UAILE / GRACE O'MALLEY
Graine Uaile appears in O’Neill’s Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody (Chicago 1922). He gives as his source O'Farrells Pocket Companion for the Irish or Union Pipes (4 Vols. 1804-1810). O’Neill refers to a ‘florid’ version taken down by Bunting from a piper, McDonnell, in 1797 which Bunting notes as ‘very ancient, author and date unknown’. This is included in his third collection. Graine Uaile (Gráinne Ni Mháille / Grace O'Malley) was a characterful pirate-woman with a stronghold on Clare Island. Co. Mayo. who flourished during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
GREEN WOODS OF TRUIGHA
The Green Woods of Truigha I obtained from Bunting’s second collection (1809). The Northumbrian Hornpipe is from the repertoire of Roisin McLoughlin. The Western Hornpipe I first heard played by Mary Bergin, and later came across it in an article on James Kelly by Breandán Breathnach in Ceol, a Journal of Irish Music. Vol. 6.
INION AN FHAOIT ON NGLEANN /
CASTLE KELLY / CAISLEAN UI CHEALLAIGH
THE DRUNKEN SAILOR
WALTZ gan ainm
Producers: Alec Finn, Seán Ryan
Between the Jigs and the Reels, quoted on the cover, is from The Parchment Boat by Moya Cannon (Gallery Press. 1997)
|Title:||Affairs of the Harp|
|Artists:||Kathleen Loughnane + guests|
|Instruments:||Harp + acc on some tracks (see Credits above)|
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