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James Ruff – Early Celtic Music for Voice and Harp
March 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm$15
James Ruff, award-winning Gaelic singer and harper, will delight your ears and hearts with historic songs and courtly tunes of Gaelic Scotland and Ireland. Sung in their traditional Gaelic language, these songs are paired with the historic harp of the Scottish and Irish Celts: the wire strung Clarsach. Played for about 1000 years – from 800 to 1800 AD – this hauntingly beautiful instrument flourished in courts where Gaelic poetry was loved and revered; it was even heard in the American colonies, when an Irish harper was brought over by a Royal Governor of North Carolina! These early Celtic songs and harp strains have a powerful way of charming the ear –Hear historic harp laments and Gaelic songs of love to move the heart, old Scottish Port tunes brought back to their original instrument, Pibroch – the great music of the Scottish and Irish pipes – played on the harp strings, and more. Come relish your ears and your souls with this rare opportunity to hear this haunting music brought back to life.