Ancient Irish and Scottish Gaelic harp music
played on replica instruments strung with brass, silver or gold wire
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Ruth Wall has just released a new solo harp CD of christmas music. She plays three different kinds of harp, a pedal harp, a buzzing bray harp and a Trinity College harp copy with silver wire strings. The music is very straight renditions of traditional and popular christmas carols, arranged with edgy contemporary harmonies composed by Graham Fitkin. The familiar melodies and the radical arrangements form an unexpected combination that not everyone will enjoy but if you are feeling daring this might be the hit of this year's christmas! More...
The Emporium has a selection of items that would make ideal christmas gifts for a harper, music lover, or anyone with an interest in old Irish and Scottish traditions. Not everything is harp-specific!
Last posting dates for Christmas are:
Wednesday 4th December for items sent to Japan, New Zealand, Australia
Tuesday 10th December for items to Canada, France
Friday 13th December to USA, Europe, Ireland
Friday 20th December to UK
If you want things delivered by Christmas do order before these dates.
Ordering as a gift? I can deliver your item direct to the recipient, and if you want I can include free gift-wrapping and a personalised message to the recipient. Just let me know when you place your order.
I have in some lovely antique Irish silver coins. These coins from between 1928 and 1950 are made from 75% silver and have Percy Metcalf's harp design on one side, with an animal on the other.
Shilling (1s), with a bull, £7 each
Florin (2s), with a salmon, £14 each
Halfcrown (2/6), with a horse, £17.50 each.
I have some of each in stock at the moment. A great gift for a lover of all things old and Irish.
I have lovely antique brooches. £25 for the silver design mounted with connemara marble, or £12 for the brassy coloured enamelled ones.
"Moleskine" Music note book
These beautiful and elegant notebooks printed with blank music staves are a lovely stocking-filler for any music-lover.
I have some unusual and delightful story books featuring harp themed stories and also some with ancient myths and legends. I would especially recommend "The Fantastical Feats of Finn MacCoul" which is a luxury hardback filled with amazing folktales, suitable for older children or adults (some of the stories are a bit vicious!)
New CDs in 2013 - which would make very nice gifts for many different tastes.
Mara Galassi's new CD, Microcosm Concerto, is a lovely classical record that would be a fine gift for any music lover. Tastefully presented in an elegant pink cover it would cheer up anyone's stocking!
Lord Gallaway’s Delight is the latest CD featuring Siobhán Armstrong, here playing with the tasty French consort “Les Witches”. This CD would be a good gift for someone interested in early music, with its flavoursome combinations of historical string and wind instruments.
My CD Tarbh is new this year, a great gift for anyone interested in Scottish music. If you have piping friends then they would appreciate these harp settings of grand formal pipe tunes. and anyone would be delighted to find the wonderful colourful artwork inside the booklet in their christmas stocking!
Robert Evans and Mary Ann Roberts, performing as Bragod, have a new CD for 2013, Llatai. Focussing on the theme of birds, it is a very pungent soundworld that I think is very wintery. As a gift for someone interested in traditional tunes I would also very much reccommend their 2nd CD, Kaingk which has an incredibly frosty midwinter type sound especially in the three tracks that are traditional Welsh midwinter songs.
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