The Harp’s Place in the Shape of Irish Identity


Noel speaks to MARY LOUISE O’DONNELL, harpist, researcher and author where she talks about her book on the harp and its place in the shape of Irish identity.

She talks about the history of the harp with its possibilities of originating from Africa or Middle East, how Ireland made the harp its own and produced some of the greatest harpists of all time, the evolution of the harp, how its popularity died down for a period of time, its uses during the 18th and 19th centuries, how harpists back then earned their living and how much harps have charged over the last few years including the introduction to electric harps.

She also talks about her book can show a lot of people about the history of the harp, the research she discovered about Irish harpists playing around the world and the research that she looks forward to making in the future.

Duration: 16'30" DATE: October 9, 2015
Interviewer:Noel McGuinness
Producer:Zandra Ball
Interviewee:Mary Louise McDonnell
Themes:Irish Life & Culture
Keywords:Harp, Traditional Music, Irish Identity, Harpists,
LocationDublin Time Period:2015
Type:Sound Language:English
Creator:Near FM Publisher:Near FM
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