Masters of the Irish Harp
Ireland is the only country in the world with a musical instrument as its national emblem. The symbol of the harp is everywhere: on our coins, passports, tax demands and even the ubiquitous pint glass. It is probably one of our most enduring and recognisable images and today there are more professional harpers and students of our national instrument than ever before. Masters of the Irish Harp (produced in association with Cairde na Cruite) is the latest release from RTÉ lyric fm and it celebrates the virtuosity of sixteen of leading harpers playing music ranging from solo harp tunes collected at the Belfast Harp Festival in 1792 right up to compositions created in the twenty-first century for harp, trumpet and guitar. Masters of the Irish Harp includes harpers who have played for American Presidents, as part Riverdance, at international festivals and events, and who have won Grammy Awards. All of the musicians on the CD have toured throughout the world and are the leading players of their instrument. This album is a musical snapshot of the vitality of Irish harp playing today and is a must for all music lovers.