Simon Chadwick | Clàrsach na Bànrighe

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Clàrsach na Bànrighe

by Simon Chadwick

Historical Scottish and Irish harp music played on a replica medieval harp with gold and silver wire strings.
Genre: Classical: Early Music
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1. Vir Perfecte
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2. Vir Iste
1:58 $0.99
3. Kyrie Virginitatus Amator
1:29 $0.99
4. Salve Splendor
2:47 $0.99
5. Pater Columba
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6. Ex Te Lux Oritur, O Dulcis Scotia (Orkney Wedding Song)
3:22 $0.99
7. Nobilis Humilis (Hymn to St Magnus)
2:53 $0.99
8. Burns March
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9. Battle of Hara Law (Harlaw)
5:47 $0.99
10. Rory Dall's Port (Ae Fond Kiss)
5:58 $0.99
11. Da Mihi Manum (Give Me Your Hand)
4:17 $0.99
12. Cumh Easpuic Earra-ghaoidheal (Lament for the Bishop of Argyll)
6:43 $0.99
13. Air by Fingal 1
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14. Air by Fingal 2
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15. Air by Fingal 3
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16. McLoud's Salute
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17. Lude's Supper
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18. Port Lennox
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19. Port Gordon
1:29 $0.99
20. Oran air Cath Sliabh an t Siorraimh (The Battle of Sherrifmuir)
4:12 $0.99
21. Port Athol
2:07 $0.99
22. The Flowres of the Forrest (Flowers of the Forest)
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Album Notes
Clàrsach na Bànrighe (which means 'The Queen's Harp') is the debut CD from Simon Chadwick.

The disc presents two complementary programmes, of medieval and 18th century Scottish early harp repertory. The cover illustration shows a detail from the instrument on which the music is played: a newly commissioned replica of the famous medieval Scottish 'Queen Mary' harp.

The medieval section of the CD includes 13th century church repertory from St Andrews Cathedral (where the CD was recorded), as well as from Inchcolm island in the Firth of Forth. The second half of the CD presents, for the first time, the complete repertory of John Robertson of Lude, Perthshire, who owned and played the 'Queen Mary' harp in the early 18th century. As well as airs, ports and a family salute, it includes a Gaelic song on the battle of Sherrifmuir, which has been newly matched to its original tune and is sung by guest, Mairead Murnion, from Co. Down, Ireland.

The 'Queen Mary' harp is one of Scotland's national treasures, on display in a glass case in the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh. This replica was built by sculptor, Davy Patton, from Co. Roscommon in Ireland. It is by far the most accurate ever made, copying not only the shape and form of the original, but also its fantastically intricate decoration. It is carved from only three pieces of timber: willow, apple, and sycamore. Following historical Irish and Scottish practice, the harp has strings of metal wire: medieval 'latten' brass, sterling silver and 18 carat gold.

Simon Chadwick is a specialist in the history, traditions and performance of historical Irish and Scottish harp music. He has been based in St Andrews since early 2006. He is Hon. Secretary of the Historical Harp Society of Ireland, and Assistant Director of its annual summer school, which is held in Kilkenny, Ireland every August and is the main international event for the study of the historical Gaelic harp traditions. Since 2006, he has been researching, performing and teaching at the Wighton Heritage Centre in Dundee, which holds an extensive collection of 17th, 18th and 19th century Scottish music books.

Produced with a grant from the Arts Trust of Scotland



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Clàrsach na Bànrighe
This cd is a great source of repertoire and informations on the gaelic harp tradition. Its well done and the playing is very fine. I recommand it to anyone interested in gaelic harps and the early gaelic musical tradition.