Music in Medieval Ireland – Three events in November

Instruments and Music in Medieval Ireland – Three events in November . Galway Early Music has been very lucky to have had Ann Heymann in Galway as visiting fellow in the Moore Institute, NUI, Galway. On November 29 she gives her final seminar of her fellowship in which she and Charlie Heymann use an 11th century poem that gives an example of a different poetic metre in each stanza to explore the possibilities of poetic performance with the early Irish or Gaelic harp.

Dr Jacopo Bisagni, lecturer in the Classics Department, NUI Galway with a PhD in Old Irish, is also a musician. His instrument is the pipes, traditional Italian and French pipes as well as the Irish Uileann pipes. On November 30 he will give a talk on the Old & Middle Irish terminology for wind instruments. The event is a Centre for Antique, Medieval and Pre-modern Studies (CAMPS) Lab, which consists of a short talk followed by discussion over a light lunch. It is open to all, but please e-mail info@galwayearlymusic.com to say you are coming to keep track of numbers.

And on Friday, November 30th at 7 pm, NUI Galway’s Aula Maxima will resound with the ancient sounds of early Irish harp, voice and horn. Gold-strung cláirseachs played by Ann Heymann will accompany 7th-18th century Gaelic poems (including genres of laoi, rosc and amhrán) sung by Charlie Heymann and Lillis Ó Laoire. For contrast, early Welsh poetry by the famous poets Aneirin and Taliesin, will be performed, accompanied by horsehair harp, crwth and various lyres. Adding to the musical soundscape are Simon O’Dwyer’s pre-historic and medieval horns, bells and pipes. A wine reception follows the concert, allowing for an opportunity to meet the performers and get a closer look at the instruments.
Details of these events in the blue section.

Music for Galway host the Irish Baroque Orchestra. The Irish Baroque Orchestra comes to Galway with an unusual programme, Groove Theory, on Thurs, Nov. 22, 8 pm in the Ballroom at Seapoint, Salthill, Galway.  he IBO, directed by Monica Huggett is joined by jazz drummer Kevin Brady to present the first Irish performances of Groove Theory, a piece composed for Monica Huggett by jazz violinist Hollis Taylor (USA) – imaginative, uplifting music that literally pulses and grooves. The programme also includes works by 18th scntury Hungarian and Romani composers and Haydn. Galway Early Music are happy to promote this concert, part of the Music for Galway 2012 concert series. www.galwayearlymusic.com 

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