After two hundred years of silence, the famous harp of Ireland and Scotland is once again being heard—Meet Gaelic harper Ann Heymann, a pioneer who recreated techniques documented in medieval manuscripts to recreate a performance practice that is the basis for courses in Ireland, Scotland and around the world. Ann and musical husband Charlie Heymann will give a series of five seminar-performances in the communities of Duluth, Fairmont, Hutchinson, Rochester and the Twin Cities. These events, supported by a Minnesota State Arts Board “Arts Learning” grant.
An exciting component of this grant is that two individuals from each community are being selected to receive—free of charge—a year's worth of lessons and their own Gaelic harp made by master harpmaker David Kortier of Duluth. Recipients will be announced and their harps will be presented at the first seminar-performance in each community.