Steve Cooney - Ceol Ársa Cláirsí CD

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Steve just released a CD of old harp tunes for solo guitar. 

He recorded it at Donogh Hennessy’s studio in West Kerry and Brian Masterson mixed it in Dublin. In advance of the recording Steve went to Queens University library in Belfast where Edward Bunting’s manuscripts are kept, in order to hunt down tunes that were played at the time of the 1792 Harp Assembly.

Some of the modern influences of his colleagues were those of Muintir de Barra, Laoise Kelly, Gráinne Hambly and Billy Jackson, Odhrán Ó Casaide and particularly Kathleen Loughnane who did a great deal of research into the music of the Connellan brothers from South Sligo in the latter half of the 1600’s into the 1700’s. Other composers from that great historical harping period that provided material for this CD include Turlough O’Carolan, Ruaidhrí Dall Ó Cathain and Con Lyons as well as tunes by unknown harper-composers that passed down to us through the ancient oral tradition.

Tracklisting: 

1.  Celia Connellan

2.  Seabhac na h-Éirne

3.  Bridget Cruise

4.  Bantighearna Iveagh

5.  Éiridh na Gréine

6.  Caide Sin Don Té Sin

7.  An Spéic Seoigeach

8.  Eleanor Plunkett

9.  Tabhair Dom Do Lámh

10. Éiridh an Lae

11. Molly Saint George

12. An Cúilfhionn

13. Sí Beag Sí Mór

14. Miss Hamilton