Anne-Marie O'Farrell

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DuopolyDuopoly Ref: A0644
Anne-Marie O'Farrell & Cormac De Barra
This latest release from the dynamic harp duo Cormac De Barra and Anne-Marie O’Farrell showcases the best of the Irish harp. It features newly composed traditional tunes by Anne-Marie O’Farrell, fresh and lively duetting on both gut and wire strung harps, in addition to the songs in Irish, An Fhallaingín Mhuimhneach and the ever popular work-song, Amhrán na Cuiginne. Solos include the beautiful famine air, Johnny Seoige played by Cormac, while Anne-Marie plays her new pedal harp arrangement of Isaac Albeniz’ classic, Asturias.
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The Jig's UpThe Jig's Up Ref: A0230
Anne-Marie O'Farrell
Here is affirmation of Irishness, thus O’Carolan features strongly, in refreshing variety, briskly paced. Such tempi match O’Farrell’s other selections — Paddy Fahy’s Jig and the Gander in the Pratie Hole jig sets. Bright, effortless and cheerful playing from beginning to end; interesting syncopations and odd notes about. Ellen Cranitch’s flute joins in a terrific, biting Fanny Power with jazz extrapolation, Conor Guilfoyle and Brian Fleming give just a hint of percussion, Cormac De Barra enteres on harp for Miss McDermot and Lady Gethin. Fintan Valelly, The Irish Times, 6-3-1998
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Harping Back to CarolanHarping Back to Carolan Ref: A0231
Anne-Marie O'Farrell
The material in this recording is drawn from a recital in the "Young Musicians in The Drawing Room" series in Number Twenty Nine. The series is presented in association with Feis Ceoil, Dublin and is held each year during Spring and Autumn. In this programme Anne-Marie demonstrates the veratility of the Irish harp, extending the repertoire for the instrument considerably beyond its traditional frontiers.
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My Lagan LoveMy Lagan Love Ref: A0232
Anne-Marie O'Farrell
The marriage between the rich and varied heritage of Irish music and the harp has been a long and fruitful one with no sign of a divorce in sight. The tradition is renewed in the hands of one of the leading Irish harpists, Ann Marie O'Farrell, drawing together strands from the four provinces of Ireland and ranging over a myriad of sources and moods.
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Just So BachJust So Bach Ref: A0233
Anne-Marie O'Farrell
The development in recent decades of the semitone mechanism on the lever harp has made it possible to play works previously unplayable on the instrument, among them certain compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach. And although it might not seem likely at first glance, the music of Bach is especially suited to the modern Irish or lever harp for several reasons. The size of the instrument and string thickness is similar to that of baroque harps,giving it a brightness of tone uncharacteristic of the heavier modern pedal harp. Also, Bach's modulations are frequently effected in just one octave, so that consideration of damping and pedal noise associated with the pedal harp do not arise.
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Double StrungDouble Strung Ref: A0234
Anne-Marie O'Farrell & Cormac De Barra
Contemporary duos performing erudite repertoires on the Irish harp are a rarity. Loitering in their company for an entire album is akin to navigating a path back in time, but with one foot still firmly planted in the present. Cormac De Barra and Anne-Marie O’Farrell have let enough grass grow beneath their feet to ensure they’re keenly attuned to one another’s stylistic idiosyncrasies. They’ve chosen to stretch what could have been a cosy Carolan repertoire to embrace the European classical tradition, all the while mining the nethermost regions of their instruments, so that their reading of Carlos Salzedo’s Chanson dans la Nuit is a revelatory melding of creative energy and lateral thinking. A collection that promises to lure classical, traditional and contemporary music lovers harpwards. Siobhán Long, The Irish Times 29-7-2005
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Rogha na gCruitirRogha na gCruitirí Ref: SM393
Harper's Choice
100 Traditional Tunes for the Irish Harp
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