A Harper, a Piper and a Poet in the Hugh Lane Gallery Easter Saturday
A lunchtime Recital by Kathleen Loughnane (harp) and Cormac Cannon (uileann pipes) and Gerald Dawe (poet) hosted by The Hugh Lane Gallery and Yeats Harp festival of Moons.
Saturday, April 4th is the fourth full moon of 2015, and marks the fourth in a series of concerts celebrating the fact that WB Yeats, as chair of the national coinage committee in 1928, elected to retain the harp on our coins and as the national emblem. Each month, on the day the moon makes a great yellow coin in the night skies of Ireland, there is a harp focused event in a location connected to either Yeats or the harp.
Kathleen Loughnane, harper and harp historian, accompanied by her son Cormac on uilleann pipes, will give the April recital in the Hugh Lane Gallery.
Kathleen, a member of the group Dordan, researched and recorded the music of the 18th century Connellan brothers from Cloonmahon in Sligo, and will certainly merge elements of both poet and harper in this performance.
Gerald Dawe is Professor of English and Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin and founder-director of the Oscar Wilde Centre at Trinity College. Gerald has published eight collections of poetry and four volumes of essays as well as editing various anthologies of poetry and literary criticism.
Sir Hugh Lane made a gift of a collection of precious paintings to the city of Dublin on condition the city provided suitable housing for them within five years. In September 1913, the city let the offer lapse, Lane sent the pictures to London, and Yeats wrote September 1913`a poem which derides Dubliners for meanness, while at the same time praising a romantic vision of O Leary.
Recital begins at 1pm and is free of charge.
Download the event poster here.
Find out more about this recital at hughlane.ie
For Yeats2015 The Harp Festival of Moons will host events every month. See the full year’s listing here.