Masters of the Cerltic Harp

Masters of the Celtic Harp
Concert and Workshops with
Grainne Hambly and William Jackson
OTTAWA: APRIL 6-7, 2018

Date: Friday April 6, 2018
Location: Nepean Creative Arts Centre, 35 Stafford Rd, in Bells Corners (plenty of free parking)
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: $22 at the door, or through eventbrite:
Date: Saturday April 7, 2018
Location: Nepean Creative Arts Centre, 35 Stafford Rd, in Bells Corners (plenty of free parking)
Times:    10-11:30am     Grainne Hambly (The Jig is Up)
              12:30-2pm      William Jackson (
Blind Harpers: who was Rory Dall)
                2:30-4pm      Grainne Hambly (Irish Traditional Dance Music)
Tickets: $40 for 1 workshop, $70 for 2 workshops, $100 for all 3 workshops
REGISTRATION: To register for the workshops (or workshops AND concert), please fill out the following form and send it back to me, either by scanning/attaching, or by regular mail.  
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The Jig is Up: There's nothing that says Irish so much as the sound of a jig. Yet getting that "lilt" is a nuance that escapes many players just reading eighth notes on sheet music. Learn a jig or two from a master player and find out how to get the lightness and lift into your playing.

Blind Harpers: who was Rory Dall? A look at the music attributed to the 17th century blind harpers Rory Dall Morrison of Scotland and Rory Dall O'Catháin (Roger O'Keane ) of Ireland, and the confusion over the authorship of their compositions. Their music is very different than that of O'Carolan, probably the best-known, today, of the blind harpers.

Irish Traditional Dance Music: An Introduction to Ornamentation and Arranging: Learn about the different types of ornamentation used in Irish music, how to play them, and how to apply them to a basic melody. Some approaches to creating interesting and stylistically appropriate arrangements will also be covered. The difference between how dance tunes are notated and how they should be played will also be discussed.