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Farewell To Lough Neaghe / Shaljean


Release Date: 12/12/1995 
Label:  Saydisc   Catalog #: 372   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Llewelyn WilliamsJohn WilliamsTraditionalTurlough Carolan,   ... 
Performer:  Bonnie Shaljean
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: n/a 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Traditional Harp Music of Britain and Ireland. 'In putting together material for this recording, I have tried to create a work which is both historically and artistically interesting, and produces a variety of period, culture, and mood. I have used three harps, which span approximately five centuries and represent some of the breadth of the instrument's voice. Many of the pieces are not commonly known, and some are previously unpublished. I hope to introduce some new works into the repertoire, and to convey my continuing love for the rich musical heritage that flourishes in these nations.' 'Two of my harps come from the Gaelic tradition, and are known in their native language by the name of clarsach. They are strung with an assortment of Read more brass, bronze, and steel and were hand-made for me by Michael Billinge. One of these is of the type from late medieval times to the early 17th century. With its one-piece willow soundbox, intricate burnt carvings and engraved silver boss, this instrument has much in common with the famous 'Brian Boru' or Trinity College Harp in Dublin. My other Billinge harp is built in the late 18th-century Irish style. By now the instrument was in decline, for the chromatically-limited clarsach could not compete in adapting to the musical demands of a changing society that had no place for it. Alienated from its powerful Celtic origins its tradition ended, and from the early 19th century harps were predominantly gut-strung. My third harp is strung with gut, and is a re-constructed Erard 'Grecian', the small drawing-room harp which first appeared in 1810. Apart from its fully chromatic 'double-action' system of pedals, it had essentially the same characteristics and tone as Erard's late 18th-century 'single-action' pedal harp. In the Welsh tradition, this type of instrument gradually came to replace the difficult-to-play triple harp as music grew more sophisticated and the availability of pedal harps increased. My Grecian was beautifully rebuilt (retaining its original structure design and specifications) by Pilgrim Harps, the Surrey-based harpmakers. I have re-strung it in a gauge more keeping with that used in the mid 18th-century, in order to help recreate 'authentic' sound.' (Bonnie Shaljean, from the liner notes) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Pibddawns y tant by Llewelyn Williams
Performer:  Bonnie Shaljean (Harp)
2.
Pibddawns yr ysgubau by John Williams
Performer:  Bonnie Shaljean (Harp)
3.
Pibddawns y blodau by John Williams
Performer:  Bonnie Shaljean (Harp)
4.
Roslin Castle by Traditional
Performer:  Bonnie Shaljean (Harp)
Written: Scotland 
5.
The lea rig by Traditional
Performer:  Bonnie Shaljean (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Scotland 
6.
Captain O'Neill by Turlough Carolan
Performer:  Bonnie Shaljean (Harp)
7.
Colonel O'Hara by Turlough Carolan
Performer:  Bonnie Shaljean (Harp)
8.
Sir Festus Burke by Turlough Carolan
Performer:  Bonnie Shaljean (Harp)
9.
Bryd one brere by Anonymous
Performer:  Bonnie Shaljean (Harp)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; England 
10.
Fuwëles in the frith by Anonymous
Performer:  Bonnie Shaljean (Harp)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; England 
11.
Edi be thu, heven-queenë by Anonymous
Performer:  Bonnie Shaljean (Harp)
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1270; England 
12.
Sumer is icumen in by Anonymous
Performer:  Bonnie Shaljean (Harp)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1240; England 
13.
The late hour by Bonnie Shaljean
Performer:  Bonnie Shaljean (Harp)
14.
The clocks-back reel by Bonnie Shaljean
Performer:  Bonnie Shaljean (Harp)
15.
Meillionen by John Parry
Performer:  Bonnie Shaljean (Harp)
Period: Classical 
16.
Maille bheag o by Traditional
Performer:  Bonnie Shaljean (Harp)
Period: Classical 
17.
The Kilburn jig by Traditional
Performer:  Bonnie Shaljean (Harp)
Period: Classical 
18.
Diarmuid's well by Bonnie Shaljean
Performer:  Bonnie Shaljean (Harp)
19.
The wild Irishman by Bonnie Shaljean
Performer:  Bonnie Shaljean (Harp)
20.
The English Dancing Master: Childgrove by John Playford
Performer:  Bonnie Shaljean (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1695; England 
21.
The English Dancing Master: Daphne by John Playford
Performer:  Bonnie Shaljean (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; England 

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