Our next monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, 8th November at 7:00 pm in the Observatory Library.
Our speaker this month is Simon Chadwick, who will discuss Harpers in Armagh and beyond.
Simon has been researching the Irish harp tradition, focusing on the period from the end of the 18th Century through to the start of the 20th Century. He will discuss some of the traditional harpers who were active in Armagh over this period, including Patrick Quin and Patrick Byrne. He will show portraits of the harpers, photographs of their harps in Museums and private collections, and newspaper clippings detailing their events in the Market House and other venues around Armagh.
The talk will also be enlivened by a few tunes played on a traditional wire-strung Irish harp, to show how the old tradition is being revived and rediscovered here in Armagh.
The photograph of Simon is from his website (see below)
You can find out more at https://simonchadwick.net/