Yeats included the moon and landscape in much of his literary work and his connection to the harp as both a national emblem and a symbol on our coinage inspired the idea of hosting a harp focused event on the full moon of every month of 2015.
As it is a blue moon year, with 13 full moons instead of 12 there will be 13 events in 2015. 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.
Quiet Moon: Monday January 5th 2015: No 5 Sandymount Avenue, Dublin. Hosted by the Royal Irish Academy of Music Dublin, recital by Balzar Collenberg.
Ice Moon: Wednesday February 4th 2015: Keadue, Roscommon. Hosted by O’Carolan Harp Festival. Recital with the Keadue Harpers, Paul Dooley and guests.
Wind Moon: Thursday March 5th 2015: Kiltartan Church, Galway. Hosted by the Yeats and Lady Gregory Trail and Harpists of Athenry Music School.
Growing Moon: Saturday April 4th 2015: Hosted by the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin. Recital by Kathleen Loughnane.
Bright Moon: Tuesday May 4th 2015: Slish Wood, overlooking the Lake Isle of Innishfree, Sligo. Hosted by Coillte. Recital by Michael Rooney.
Horse Moon: Tuesday June 2nd 2015: Various Locations
Calm Moon: Thursday July 2nd 2015: Glencolmcille Folk Village, Donegal. Hosted by Glencolmcille Folk Village. Recital by Eileen McDevitt and Guests.
Blue Moon: Friday July 31st 2015: Drumcliffe Tearooms. Hosted by Irish Seaweed Kitchen and Eithna’s by the Sea, Mullaghmore. Songs, Strings, Stories and Seaweed from the Wild Atlantic Way.
Lightening Moon: Saturday August 29th 2015: Lissadell Church, Sligo. Hosted by the Grange Armada Development Group. Talk and recital by Paul Dooney.
Singing Moon: Monday September 28th 2015: Renvyle House Connemara, Galway. Hosted by Renvyle House. An evening of poetry and music recital by Laoise Kelly and local guests.
Harvest Moon: Tuesday October 27th 2015: Thoor Ballylee, Galway. Hosted by Thoor Ballylee – http://yeatsthoorballylee.org
Dark Moon: Wednesday November 25th 2015: Venue tbc. With Tale of the Gael and friends.
Cold Moon: Friday December 25th 2015: Drumcliffe Churchyard, Sligo
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