Masters of the Celtic Harp: Grainne Hambly & William Jackson - Community Concert
Two of the foremost harp players from Ireland and Scotland, touring as The Masters of the Celtic Harp, are performing at the Tualatin Heritage Center on May 9 at 7:30pm. Doors at 6:45 ALL tickets at door are $20 for ALL
Gráinne Hambly from County Mayo and William Jackson from Glasgow will present "Two Sides of Celtic", a multi-faceted concert featuring their dynamic blend of two harp styles as well as their complimentary talents on concertina, tinwhistle and bouzouki.
With demanding solo careers that often have them performing on different continents, Gráinne Hambly and William Jackson are in the US for a brief spring tour and are routed through Tualatin for one show only. On this tour they are promoting their CD, "The Music of Ireland and Scotland."
Gráinne Hambly has been touring extensively throughout the United States for the past fifteen years and has been at the forefront of promoting a newer, exciting brand of Irish harp playing. Her light, and lightning quick, renditions of traditional Irish dance music have become hallmarks of this style. Hailing from County Mayo, Ms. Hambly has toured all over Europe and Japan and done festivals in Israel and Brazil as well.
She released her third, eagerly awaited CD, "The Thorn Tree," in 2006 which has received critical acclaim. The Irish Echo, the leading Irish newspaper in America, said "the tidal pull of the brisk tempo she sets is breathtaking." Indeed. She has two other landmark CDs, "Between the Showers" and "Golden Lights and Green Shadows" which set the standard to which American harp players aspire in playing Irish music.
The noted Irish musicologist, Dr. Mícheal Ó Súilleabháin, at the Irish World Music Centre in Limerick has said that "Gráinne Hambly is an internationally recognized performer in the front-line of performers in her genre worldwide." Ms. Hambly has performed at most of the major Irish festivals and harp conferences both here and abroad. She is a much sought-after teacher as well and has taught hundreds of eager harpers in workshops in the United States. She has two books published of her harp arrangements and a third in progress.
William Jackson was one of the founding members of the Scottish supergroup, Ossian, in the late 70s, which had an enormous influence on the sound of traditional Scottish music. He made the Scottish harp, or clarsach, one of the cornerstones of the band's arrangements with bagpipes, strong rhythm guitar and fiddle. He recorded seven albums with Ossian and has subsequently released an astonishing ten solo CDs.
Jackson has gained a substantial reputation as a composer, known for combining traditional and classical music, with such major works as "The Wellpark Suite", "St. Mungo", "Inchcolm", and "A Scottish Island" to his credit. His most recent solo CD is titled "The New Harp." 'Corryvreckan' from Inchcolm is included on "The Best of The Thistle & Shamrock, Volume 1" for the popular NPR radio program. His "Land of Light" composition won the international Song for Scotland competition in 1999, was widely acclaimed. Additionally he has done scores and performances for a number of BBC programs, the History Channel and films. In 2004,
Jackson was recognized with a lifetime achievement award by the Swannanoa Gathering, the folk arts programs at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina.
These two performers began performing and touring together in 2005 and bring an enormous depth of experience and talent to the stage.
Tualatin Heritage Center (View)
8700 SW Sweek Dr
Tualatin, OR 97062
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