With lockdown continuing, I’m inspired by what’s taken wing online, especially the Edinburgh Harp Festival, now gone virtual! Here’s Forest Hall’s version of a harp celebration. For the first time, this show features harpers in every piece of music. Enjoy the elegance and vitality of traditional styles as well as flights of vigorous and imaginative contemporary expression. Harpers featured are Màiri Macleod, Cheyenne Brown, Rachel Hair, Moya Brennan and Cormac de Barra, Anne-Marie O’Farrell , Séamus Ó Flatharta in HighTime Irish band, Gwenan Gibbard Siân James , Elinor Bennett and Meinir Heulyn, Robin Huw Bowen, Patrick Ball, Verlene Schermer, Sharlene Wallace and Kim Robertson.
The second hour of the show is an encore airing of FHC’s very first show! Episode 1 offers the playful natural magic and beauty of springtime, a ninth century Irish poem, and Jane Valencia’s retelling of the Irish myth, “Airmid’s Herbal Cloak.” Hear harp in the music of Ann Heymann, Mary Macmaster and Patsy Seddon (in Clan Alba), and Shelley Phillips (in Orison). Find playlist for Show 1 is here.
Listen to Show 47 and Show 1 until April 19.
Playlist for Show 47:
01:31 Màiri Macleod – Crossing the Minch/Tail Toddle
06:16 Cheyenne Brown – Cold Frosty Morning
13:43 Rachel Hair Trio – The Duke of Fife’s Welcome to Deeside
17:45 Moya Brennan and Cormac de Barra – Taim Breoite go Leor
23:19 Anne-Marie O’Farrell – Caitlín Ní Haodha & The Sport of the Chase
25:38 HighTime – The Village of Cloch Bhuí
33:23 Gwenan Gibbard – Nei Di Ganu ‘Nghan?
37:52 Siân James – Mae Nghariad I’n Fenws
41:31 Elinor Bennett and Meinir Heulyn – Cader Idris
43:01 Robin Huw Bowen – Jig Y Doethion
47:07 Patrick Ball – Lady Dillon – Turlough O’ Carolan
50:51 Verlene Schermer – A Jig in Your Pocket
53:50 Sharlene Wallace and Kim Robertson – Last Night’s Joy / Moving Cloud
Here is the play list for our first ever program of Forest Halls Celtic, slightly updated for current airing. Episode 1 offers the playful natural magic and beauty of springtime, a ninth century Irish poem, and Jane Valencia’s retelling of the Irish myth, “Airmid’s Herbal Cloak.” Hear harp in the music of Ann Heymann, Mary Macmaster and Patsy Seddon (in Clan Alba), and Shelley Phillips (in Orison).
Listen to Show 1 and our newest, Show 47 until April 19, 2020.
01:21 Paul Machlis – The Magic Horse
05:01 Bonnie Rideout – The Hen’s March
12:03 Natalie MacMaster – Paddy Le Blanc’s Set
18:15 “Sunshine Through my Window” – Irish, 9th c. poem
20:02 Steve Baughman – Dans Keff Avec
22:28 Cíana – An Dro in Em / Breton March / Bus Stop
27:25 Anúna – Home and the Heartland
31:33 “Airmid’s Herbal Cloak”- storytelling by Jane Valencia
Music: Chris Conway – Airmid’s Herbal Cloak
38:12 Kim Angelis – Frogsong
43:07 Ann Heymann – Hawk of Ballyshannon
45:00 Eve Goodman – Dacw ‘Nghariad
49:20 Clan Alba – Canan Nan Gaidheal
53:36 Orison – The Butterfly
This show is vibrant with plenty of contemporary Welsh, Scottish, and some Irish singers and bands singing lively and compelling music in their native languages. We also have some traditional music, some dating back to the 17th century Irish harpers. Enjoy early Gaelic harp played by James Ruff, as well as harp in music of Songs of Separation, and by Rachel Newton, William Jackson and Gráinne Hambley.
Listen to Show 45 on demand through March 22.
The second hour is a re-air of Show 24 – Living and Dying.
12:03: Casi and the Blind Harpist – Aderyn
12:05: Gwyneth Glyn – Wyneb Dros Dro
12:08: Flook – The Crystal Year
12:15: James Ruff – King of the Blind
12:17: Alison Helzer – Gradh Geal Mo Chridhe
12:20: Songs of Separation – It Was A’ For Our Rightfu’ King
12:24: Silly Wizard – The Broom O’ the Cowdenknowes
12:29: Rachel Newton – ‘S Toil Leam Chruinneag Dhonn Nam Bo
12:33: Solas – Vital Mental Medicine / The Pullet
12:37: Osna – Morning Dew
12:39: William Jackson and Gráinne Hambley – Celia Connellan / The Rectory Reel
12:45: Kizzy Crawford – Y Ddrudwy
12:50: Meinir Gwilym – Pa Loches
12:54: Kila – Am