Almost thirty years that the Dinan Rencontres Internationales de Harpe Celtique has been organised (read the post and see Myrdhin's interview on the subject). Forty-five musicians from all over the world came to the recent festival and performed one after the other all along the four big evenings. The public was invited to a wide range of colours, of forms and sound ambiances ever created. A distinct musical world exists behind each harp, behind each musician, like the instrument diversity presented on stage. The Celtic harp is rich with those differences.
Daughter in law of Nobel prize winner William Butler Yeats, Gráinne Yeats passed away on April 18th this year. She is, together with Sheila Larchet Cuthbert and Mercedes Bolger, credited with the Irish harp revival and particularly that of the wire-strung harp. Gráinne was an internationally accomplished harp player, singer, teacher and historian. Born in a family close to its Irish roots, she knew some hundreds of songs learned during her childhood in the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking region).
There is a time for everything: "a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance" (Ecclesiastes 3:4). In the Psalms, the suggestion is even clearer: "Praise his name by dancing and playing music on harps and tambourines" (Psalm 149:3). Some people will argue that those quotes come from the Old Testament. If dancing is not as clearly expressed in the New Testament, it would be wrong to say that there is no mention of dancing in it.
Created in 2003 by the Comité des Rencontres Internationales de Harpe Celtique (CRIHC – Committee of the International Celtic Harp Meeting), driven by Myrdhin and Zil, Ti an Delenn (the Harp House) celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Storefront of the summer festival but also resource centre, exhibition hall, meeting place and shop, the Harp House organises events all along the year. Hélène Chapillon and Ingrid Malot are the two permanent staff members of this unique place in the world which was created thanks to support provided by the city of Dinan.
In one week, the 30th edition of the Dinan Rencontres Internationales de Harpe Celtique will be launched (see the post dedicated to this subject). The artistic director and founder of the festival, Myrdhin, gave us an interview in which he talks about the creation of the Rencontres, the important years and the present edition.