The music has also changed. It must be a real pleasure, and a great source of inspiration, for you to see the revival of the harp by so many harpers who are really excellent musicians. Turlough O'Carolan Biographical Information The background music on this page is Eleanor Plunkett Sequenced by Barry Taylor. Is it Carolan or O'Carolan?. This article is within the scope of WikiProject Biography, a collaborative effort to create, develop and organize Wikipedia's articles about people. She was married to Michael Yeats and they lived mainly in Dublin. At least, it was a wire-strung harp.
The Yeats Society, Sligo, is the poorer for the biography of their Patron, Grainne Yeats, widow of Michael Butler Yeats and Daughter—in—law of W. Yeatson April 18th They married in and in their annual visits to Thoor Ballylee, she came to appreciate the Yeats biography, and the magical times he had spent there in his early years.
They would dearly have loved to restore the Tower as a place for their four children to enjoy on holiday, but unfortunately, could not afford it — though they rejoiced in when Mary Hanley and the Kelantan Society re-opened and restored the Tower with the help of Bord Failte and the office of Public Works. She came from a most cultured, Irish-speaking tradition, and from an early age made a name for herself as a harpist and singer.
Her concerts and recitals at the early Yeats Summer Schools, and subsequently for the Music Association of Ireland and in a variety of international settings, were superb. She delighted in early Irish harp music, often playing the melodies of Carolan, and educating young audiences in schools and elsewhere, with her clear and beautiful singing.
Even those who did not speak the Irish language could appreciate her fluency and the beauty of the words she spoke and sang. Ever biography in her thinking and living, Grainne remained in Ireland as the family scattered abroad.
This Youtube clip from Lyrebird channel features Grainne Yeats, one of Ireland's leading harpists, speaking about the importance of the Harp in Irish culture. It also features a clip of the late Michael Yeats, both of whom were Patron's of the Yeats Society and Yeats International Summer School. Filmed in October NOTES: Grainne has had an illustrious musical career, both as a singer and as one of Ireland's leading harpists and exponents of music for the instrument.For Sale on DoneDeal: ACLARE TINY TIM AT STUD 2016
Grainne is a truly brilliant and elegant woman. Her silver hair softly frames her face. Her blue cashmere sweater brought out the blue in her eyes. At age 75, she is stunning looking.
When we were ready to film, she demonstrated the extraordinarily resonant sound of her wire-strung harp, while giving us a little history lesson on the role it's played in Irish culture. She would rather not sing for us, she said, because she hadn't sung for months. But she did recite an Irish poem, and afterward explained it. She talked to us about her biographies as a biography and recording artist and about her family: She described the ongoing reinstatement and then the renaissance of Irish culture and explained how, from the early s, she worked in tandem with two very close friends on the restoration of music for the harp in Ireland.
We also filmed her in the garden with her husband, Michael the son of W. Yeatsbefore we reluctantly took our biography. I telephoned her the next day to thank her for her gracious hospitality and she told me that after we had gone her biography came back to her.
I know that is a very good sign! I wish so much that I had been there to hear her beautiful soaring voice again.
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