Melodies and Myths of the Vikings and Gaels – Termonfeckin Harp Festival 2014

Melodies and Myths of the Vikings and Gaels – Termonfeckin Harp Festival 2014

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On Sunday 29th June at 8pm in An Ghrianán, Termonfeckin, storyteller Nuala Hayes, with harpists Anne-Marie O’Farrell and Helen Davies (Denmark), will join Danish wind player Poul Høxbro to journey one millennium into the time of the Vikings in Ireland. Using the ancient music of the harp associated in legend with Brian Boru, together with ethereal traditional Norse sounds of bone flutes and cow horns, this flagship performance features stories from the sagas from both Ireland and Scandinavia, recapturing the soundworld of Ireland’s Viking era.

The narrative is inspired by the many versions of the battle and the era that were noted in the Irish annals and manuscripts and Viking Sagas. This specially written show tells the story of some of the key women who were alive in 1014 at the time of the battle of Clontarf.  Nuala Hayes explains she and her fellow participants ‘create something very original in bringing together the Sagas with Music, old and new, of both Vikings and Gael, to reflect the complexities and drama of stories of the time.  The figure of Gormlaith, who was both mother and wife to many of the protagonists, and who outlived them all, comes to the fore in our version of the story.’ The performance which is open to the public, is part of An Chúirt Chruitireacht international harp festival.