Celtic Harpists To Play In Cranford

Grainne Hambly & William Jackson

CRANFORD—The Friends of the Cranford Public Library will present “Two Sides of Celtic,” featuring Celtic harpists Gráinne Hambly and William Jackson, on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue.

Hambly and Jackson, two of the foremost harpers of Ireland and Scotland, will combine their talents on harp, as well as concertina, tin whistle and bouzouki. A County Mayo resident, Hambly won the senior All-Ireland titles on harp and concertina in 1994 and, also, the prestigious Keadue and Granard harp competitions. She has released three critically acclaimed CDs, The Thorn Tree, Between the Showers, and Golden Lights Green Shadows. She has recorded with many other artists and published two books of her arrangements. She tours extensively and has appeared at most of the major harp and Irish music festivals in the U.S. and Europe.

Jackson hails from Glasgow and has been at the forefront of Scottish traditional music for nearly 30 years. In addition to his stature as one of the Scotland’s leading harpers and multi-instrumentalists, he is an internationally renowned composer. Jackson was a founding member of Ossian in 1976, which became one of Scotland’s best-loved traditional bands. The band, whose music influenced a generation of musicians, toured the U.S. and Europe extensively.

Admission to the program is free and all are welcome.

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