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Harps Alive Gala finale concert - A tribute to the Belfast Harp Orchestra

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Kathleen Loughnane and Cormac Cannon
Harps Alive Gala finale concert - A tribute to the Belfast Harp Orchestra

The Festival culminates with a celebration of our living tradition showing the exciting trajectory of harping at the present time. 

Kathleen Loughnane takes up the story with some music from the harpers Connellan -William and Thomas, whose music Bunting also featured. 

She is joined by her son Cormac Cannon on whistle and pipes and we hear the incomparable partnership of harp and pipes -the soul and sound of Ireland. 

Harpers Anne-Marie O’ Farrell and Cormac De Barra are two of the most dynamic players at the current time and play a scintillating combination of harpers’ music arranged in a contemporary way. 

The evening ends with a tribute to the Belfast Harp Orchestra with Director Janet Harbison, who established the Grammy award-winning harp orchestra in 1992, bringing people together from both political traditions so that it quickly became a model of cross-community co-operation. 

She is joined by some of its former members, now professional harpers, together with soloists; singer Mairéad Healy and whistle player and piper, Patrick Davy. 

Performers include:

  • Kathleen Loughnane
  • Cormac Cannon
  • Anne-Marie O'Farrell
  • Cormac De Barra
  • Aileen Kennedy
  • Teresa O'Donnell
  • Mary Louise O'Donnell
  • Kathryn Weir
  • Susannah Weir
  • Julie Howse
  • Mairead Healy
  • Patrick Davey 
  • Janet Harbison

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St Joseph's Church Sailortown
9 Princes Dock Street
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