Uplifting!

The first review of the tour is in and the news is good. Gillian Wills in the Australian writes:

The program celebrates the Gaelic-infused airs, jigs and planxties by 17th-century peripatetic Irish harpist and composer Turlough Carolan. The musicianship is distinctive, from director Andrew Lawrence-King’s imaginative continuo and accomplished harp solos to Ian Harrison’s bagpipes and Susanne Ansorg’s fiddle. Every effort is made to create a varied palette of colour and Michael Metzler’s percussive effects – including birdsong, shouts, gasps and whistling – keep the ear alert.

Steve Player in action!

Dancing lutenist Steven Player sets the stage on fire with his elegant pirouettes on one foot, successive entrechats in which the legs are crossed mid-air, swaggering cabrioles and percussive footwork. He has comic flair and breathes life into Carolan’s jigs: Bumper Squire Jones is a triumph.

Read the full review here.

There’s also a great article on the Harp Consort in the current Adelaide Review. Read the article here. If radio is your medium, listen out for Andrew Lawrence-King on 2SER on Sunday 9 May and on ABC Classic FM’s Music Makers program with Mairi Nicholson on Sunday 16 May.

Newcastle audiences will be able to experience the Harp Consort for themselves this Saturday 8 May at the Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, 7.30pm, followed by a post-concert discussion with the audience hosted by Chris Allan.

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