Launch and talk on the Egan Irish Harps
25 April | 5.30pm | Irish Traditional Music Archive, 73 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
To launch her new book, Nancy Hurrell will give a short lecture on Egan Irish Harps at the Irish Traditional Music Archive on Thursday 25 April. Siobhán Armstrong, Founder and Artistic Director of the Historical Harp Society of Ireland, will launch the book. Everyone is welcome to attend what promises to be a lovely evening.
About the book:
An Ireland without harps is inconceivable, but in 1800 the native Gaelic harp had become obsolete. This is the compelling story of John Egan (fl.1797–1829), a self-taught harp maker who invented a modernized harp for Ireland – the ‘Portable Irish Harp’ – the forerunner of the modern Irish harp.
This book brings to light the Egan harps and music-making of literary celebrities Thomas Moore and Sydney Owenson, also Lady Alicia Parsons at Birr Castle, Princess Augusta at Windsor Castle and Patrick Byrne, known as 'the last blind harper'.
The illustrations and catalogue of Egan harps uncover these rare art objects in museums and collections in sixteen countries worldwide. The legacy of John Egan, awarded the royal warrant for excellence in 1821, whose harps revitalised the Irish harping tradition, is finally realized.