“Kathleen’s playing is wonderfully fluid and full of ‘elegant musicality’ - a phrase I once heard an old man use to describe a musician’s performance” Irish Music Mag December 2005 “The arrangements are kept nicely varied, with Loughnane’s deft precise arrangements always to the fore, as is only right.” Hot Press October 2005
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|1||The Two William Davises||
|3||Battle of Aughhrim||
|5||Taimse in chodladh||
|6||Henry MacDermott Roe||
|9||Carolan’s Farewell to Music||
|10||The Foggy Dew||
|13||Mr O’Connor and Jig||3.53|
Willie Clancy’s Poll Ha'penny
Kathleen has written and recorded several new compositions for the Irish Harp. In 1999 she was commissioned by the National University of Ireland to write an anthem celebrating it’s 150th anniversary. She released her first solo CD Affairs of the Harp in 1999, along with a book of harp arrangements of the same name. A second recording Harping On appeared in 2002, accompanied once again by a book of harp arrangements.
Harp to Heart
In 1792, Edward Bunting, then a young assistant organist at St. Anne’s Church, Belfast, noted down the music of the harpers attending the Belfast Harp Festival. These musicians represented a distinctive Irish harping tradition dating back at least to the 12th century. When, this tradition of harping died out in the early decades of the 19th century, Bunting’s collection remained as an invaluable record.
Continuity within the instrumental tradition as a whole would have resulted in the sharing of tunes and similarities in the manner of their interpretation. With the demise of the harping tradition, some of the tunes lived on in the repertoire of the uilleann pipes and fiddle, to be ‘minded’, to be developed and re-shaped. But many lovely harping tunes remained on the page, the details of their nuancing and interpretation fading from memory.
On this CD I have included harping tunes both from Bunting’s collection and from the aural tradition. In the former case, I have tried to imagine how they might have been played had the tradition remained unbroken.
THE TWO WILLIAM DAVISES
BATTLE OF AUGHRIM
I combine this with Courtenay’s Favourite, an airy jig I came across in an article by Nicholas Carolan in the magazine An Píobaire (April 2004) on Denis Courtenay (Courtney, Courtnay). This differs from the version of Courtney’s Favourite in O’Neill’s Music of Ireland. To quote Nicholas Carolan: “Courtenay was a comparatively well known musician in the London of his day. appearing regularly with well-established British and continental performers in the leading theatres there from the late 1780’s until his death ..(in) 1794”. He concludes thus: "Courtenay’s Favourite ... has been left to us by his fellow Union Piper, O'Farrell... We could do worse than revive it". So we have!
TÁIMSE IM’CHODLADH (is ná dúisigh
HENRY MACDERMOTT ROE
CORELLI (1653-1713) Sonata XI, Allegro
CAROLAN’S FAREWELL TO MUSIC
“I came, after all I’ve gone through, to die at home at the place where I got my first learning and my first horse".
Having rested, and had a drink of whiskey, he took up his harp and played this piece for Mrs. MacDermott Roe. He was bidding farewell not only to his friend but to his own personal music and to the instrument that was so much part of him. A week later O'Carolan was dead. My impression of O’Carolan is of a man ‘of this world, yet not of it' - very much alive, but a man of deep faith. I chose a quiet interpretation of this tune to bid my own farewell to a friend in music.
THE FOGGY DEW
TIARNA MHUIGHEO (Lord Mayo)
MR O’CONNOR AND JIG *
MOLLY MACALPIN *
CLANCY’S POLL HA’PENNY
* My harping arrangement of ’Mr O’Connor’ is to be found in the book ‘Harping On’ and that of 'Molly MacAlpin’ is included in 'Affairs of the Harp’ both published by Reiskmore Music.
Kathleen Loughnane / Alec Finn
This CD is dedicated to the memory of my parents and to Eamonn, Cormac, Paul and Caitriona.
Particular thanks to my friends in Dordán - Mary, Dearbhaill and Martina; to Sharon Shannon, Séamus Begley, Ann Callanan, Brendan Flynn, Aibhlín MacCrann, Róisín McLoughlin and Jim Loughnane. Thanks especially to Moya Cannon and Dello Collier for their encouragement and interest.
Many thanks to the ever helpful staff (present and past) at the Irish Traditional Music Archive - Orla, Róisín and Treasa— as well as to Nicholas Carolan and Jackie Small.
All harp arrangements by Kathleen Loughnane, except track No.8 by Corelli.
Track No.12 Planxty Finn composed by Kathleen Loughnane
|Title:||Harp to Heart|
|Artists:||Kathleen Loughnane + guests|
|Instruments:||Harp + acc on some tracks (see Credits above)|
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