Celtic Junction Arts Center

Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN, 55104

Ann Heymann: Old Stories for a New Year, January 10

7:30pm, FREE to the public, located in Inis Meáin

Old Stories For A New Year

Haunting music of the iconic harp of Ireland and Scotland accompanies harp origin and other Gaelic stories and legends that reveal little known truths and connections within our world. Free and open to the public, this is the second in a series of five programs that feature the Gaelic harp and world-renowned Minnesota master Ann Heymann.

The evening will focus on the calendrical theme of birth/rebirth, from mythological origins of the harp to the Christmas antics of an itinerant blind harper. There will be plenty to pique your interest and warm your soul on this midwinter evening.

A master in the performance and traditions of the Gaelic harp, Minnesota native Ann Heymann continues to spearhead the instrument’s revival. She performs as a soloist and with Charlie in concerts and festivals throughout the US, Ireland, Scotland, Europe and Australia. In 2012 Ann and Charlie were awarded a Moore Institute Fellowship at the National University of Ireland, Galway to explore the harp’s role in the performance of bardic poetry. Author of Secrets of the Gaelic Harp—the instrument’s first tutor—Ann is on staff at Scoil na Cláirseach in Ireland and at the Ohio Scottish Arts School, Oberlin College.

Future seminar/performances will include:

  • The Birds, the Bees & the Cláirseach (February 2014)
  • The Three Musics (April 2014)
  • A Gaelic Harp Celebration (September 2014) 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.