Cruit Éireann | Harp Ireland and the West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival, with the support of Wicklow Arts Office, present an afternoon of family-friendly harp performances to celebrate Lá na Cruite | Harp Day 2022 on 15th October.
Labhraidh Loingseach: Musical Storytelling Sessions
Russborough House Cinema Room @ 12pm, 1pm & 2pm
King Labhraidh Loingseach has a terrible secret. A secret kept hidden by his long hair and countless unlucky hairdressers…
Join the “foot-tappingly hilarious” storyteller and fiddle player Aindrias de Staic and brilliant harper Aisling Ennis for a brand new bilingual telling of an ancient Irish fable that will make you smile from ear to ear!
Suitable for all the family
Tickets €5 (ages 0-2 free entry)
Aindrias de Staic is an Irish fiddle player and one of a new generation of Irish storytellers. He performs in both the Irish language and in English. Well known for his vibrant style of fiddle performance and charismatic stage presence, Aindrias has performed in London's West End and in Dublin's Abbey Theatre, and is also a well known Irish language TV presenter on Tg4.
Aisling Ennis is highly regarded as a harpist both at home in Ireland and internationally. A passionate performer, arranger and educator, she enjoys a varied career as a solo, chamber, orchestral harpist and educator. Aisling is known for her evocative playing across a broad spectrum of genres, her ongoing experimental collaborations and innovative approaches to programming.
Bray CCÉ Harp Ensemble Pop-up Performances
Russborough House @ 12.30pm-2pm
Enjoy beautiful harp music from members of the Bray CCÉ Harp Ensemble as they celebrate Lá na Cruite | Harp Day 2022 at Russborough. The ensemble will be popping up in various indoor and outdoor locations around Russborough during the early afternoon, including in the Russborough Café.
Led by their musical director Rachel Duffy, the Bray CCÉ Harp Ensemble are a group of young musicians from Wicklow with extensive experience performing at local and national festivals and events. Highlights include performances at An Chúirt Chruitireachta International Harp Festival, at concerts organised by Cairde na Cruite and Cruit Éireann, and at Cornstown House's 'Music on the Farm' Series. They recently had their first international performance at the World Harp Congress in Wales in July 2022.
“Rarely has storytelling been so foot-tappingly funny.”Theatre Guide, London
Now in its sixth year, Lá na Cruite │ Harp Day celebrates Ireland’s 1,000-year-old harping tradition with a programme of live performances, workshops, lectures and online activities taking place all over Ireland and abroad. See harpireland.ie for more.