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.
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.