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UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I AT MĀNOA OUTREACH COLLEGE
Community Services Division


Celtic Harp and Story with Patrick Ball

Info: Apr 8, 2017 • Sat • 10:30-11:30am • Aina Haina Public Library • Free • Email csinfo@hawaii.edu for more information.

Whether in the stronghold of a Galway chieftain many years ago or in the snug corner of a Dublin pub today, the Irish have always delighted in storytelling. Their passion for eloquence and wordplay, their deep devotion to their mythical past, their ability to find joy and humor in a dark world, and their belief that the supernatural world could appear between one breath and the next made their stories and the telling of them unrivaled in the world of the oral tradition.

Amidst the storytelling, there was music. Jigs, reels and haunting airs graced the spaces between the tales. And first among Irish instruments, and the most honored, was the legendary Celtic harp. With its crystalline, bell-like voice and lavish resonance, it would soothe its listeners and lead them deeper into the realms of the imagination.

In Celtic Harp and Story Patrick Ball rekindles the fire and wonder of an evening of Irish storytelling. For in telling the marvelous old tales of wit and enchantment, and in playing the ancient, brass-strung harp of Ireland, he not only carries on two of the richest traditions of Celtic culture, but blends them in concert to create a warm and magical performance.

Reviews

"An American master of the Irish instrument, a peripatetic modern day bard, combining tale-telling, history and music into a seamless compound that reaches all ages and types of listeners."
San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, CA

"One of the premier interpreters of O`Carolan`s music today."
Los Angeles Times

"Patrick Ball...casts a haunting spell... a graceful and often bittersweet evocation of the past."
Washington Post

Sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.


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