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Recordings by Anne-Marie O’Farrell
Harp to Harp (mp3 download)
Anne-Marie O'Farrell & Brendan Power See below for track listing and to listen to some excerpts. The harmonica is commonly known as a harp, this is because its common names 'mouth harp' and 'blues harp' became abbreviated to 'harp' for short. Both the harp and the mouth harp have a linear array of notes from low to high, and both instruments have a similar gentle acoustic volume too, despite the massive disparity in size! In February 2015 Anne-Marie drove over with three harps from Dublin to the home of Brendan Power in Canterbury, England: a small steel-strung traditional Irish harp, a mid-size Lever Harp, and a massive concert Pedal Harp. Both musicians spent an enjoyable week recording in Brendan's home studio, with the sound of the two very different harps blending beautifully. This album is the result...
Anne-Marie O'Farrell and Cormac de Barra See below for track listing and to listen to excerpts Following on from the critical acclaim of their last album, Double Strung, this latest release from the dynamic harp duo Cormac De Barra and Anne-Marie O'Farrell showcases the best of the Irish harp. It features newly composed traditional tunes by Anne-Marie O'Farrell, fresh and lively duetting on both gut and wire strung harps, in addition to the songs in Irish, An Fhallaingín Mhuimhneach and the ever popular work-song, Amhrán na Cuiginne. The central role of Turlough O'Carolan in the canon of Irish harp repertoire is honoured here too, with an arrangement for musical quizzers of Carolan's Sir Festus Burke concealing no fewer than five other Carolan tunes, alongside the pairing of Charles O'Connor and the graceful Lord Inchiquin for wire strung harp duet. Solos include the beautiful famine air, Johnny Seoige played by Cormac, while Anne-Marie plays her new pedal harp arrangement of Isaac Albeniz' classic, Asturias.
Just So Bach
Anne-Marie O'Farrell See below for track listing and to listen to some excerpts. Just So Bach, harpist Anne-Marie O’Farrell’s sixth and latest album, marks a significant advance in the repertoire for the Irish Harp. Devoted primarily to works by Bach, all of which have been hitherto considered beyond the scope of the instrument, it has been possible to perform them because of recent advances in the design of the Irish harp. Movements from the cello suites and keyboard collections are included, along with an early version of the well-loved Bach-Gounod Ave Maria (from 1853) and Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring from Cantata no. 147. The guest musicians on this recording are cellist Aisling Drury Byrne and Viennese flautist Karin Leitner
Anne-Marie O'Farrell and Cormac de Barra See below for track listing and to listen to an excerpt As Irelands foremost harp duo Cormac and Anne-Marie have been playing together for over a decade. This recording reflects the marriage of Irelands oral musical heritage and the classical tradition. Double Strung is a collection of harp duos ranging from Irish dance tunes and O Carolan airs to Handels ,The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba and the evocative Spanish Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Tarrega.
The Jig’s Up
Anne-Marie O'Farrell See below for track listing and to listen to an excerpt Here is affirmation of Irishness, thus O’Carolan features strongly, in refreshing variety, briskly paced. Such tempi match O’Farrell’s other selections — Paddy Fahy’s Jig and the Gander in the Pratie Hole jig sets. Bright, effortless and cheerful playing from beginning to end; interesting syncopations and odd notes about. Ellen Cranitch’s flute joins in a terrific, biting Fanny Power with jazz extrapolation, Conor Guilfoyle and Brian Fleming give just a hint of percussion, Cormac De Barra enteres on harp for Miss McDermot and Lady Gethin. Fintan Vallely, The Irish Times
My Lagan Love
Anne-Marie O'Farrell See below for track listing and to listen to an excerpt The marriage between the rich and varied heritage of Irish music and the harp has been a long and fruitful one with no sign of a divorce in sight. The tradition is renewed in the hands of one of the leading Irish harpists, Anne Marie O'Farrell, drawing together strands from the four provinces of Ireland and ranging over a myriad of sources and moods.