Masters of the Celtic Harp in Cranford

The Friends of the Cranford Public Library are pleased to present “Masters of the Celtic Harp,” featuring Gráinne Hambly and William Jackson, on Wednesday, April 19, 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 and Green Shadows. She has recorded with many other artists and published two books of her arrangements.

William 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 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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