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Early Gaelic Harp Emporium

CDs by Chad McAnally

Carolan

Chad McAnally
Ó Cearbhalláin - Rí na nDall / O’Carolan - King of the Blind
2018
An important CD presenting Carolan's songs, sung here in Irish by Cory Froelich, with instrumental accompaniment from Chad McAnally on wire-string Gaelic harp, Mary Vanorny on fiddle, and Mary Burke on viola da gamba. Cory also plays whistle and flute.

The CD is presented in a slim card wallet and there is no booklet, so we don't get texts or translations of the songs, or much information about the project. But it is nicely presented and an important addition to the music of the Irish harp. There are some online notes on Chad's website.
£15 +

Chasing the winter sun

Chad McAnally
Chasing the winter sun
NFR 9762
A selection of traditionalChristmas and Midwinter tunes played on wire strung Irish harp by American harper Chad McAnally.
£15 +

Beggars

Chad McAnally
Of Bards and Beggars
NP6129, 2011
This CD is an interesting selection of traditional and original solo music for Gaelic harp. Performed on big 18th-century style instruments made by Jay Witcher and by Chad himself, the music is confident, nicely arranged and well-played. One song is included, sung in Scottish Gaelic by Shawn McBurnie. Of especial note is the 10-minute performance of Brian Boru's March, following the description of Patrick Byrne’s 19th century performance.
£15 +

Blackbird

Chad McAnally and Shawn McBurnie
Blackbird from the Willow Sings
NP2292, 2011
Chad is a harp maker and performer from Minnesota, a student of Ann Heymann and National Scottish Harp Champion of America in 2009. For this new CD, he has collaborated with the traditional singer Shawn McBurnie in a programme of traditional and contemporary songs with Gaelic harp accompaniment. The singing is very straight and close-up, and the harp playing is very clean and competent with some great instrumental atmospheres being drawn out of the harp. "Continuing the storied tradition of song and Gaelic harp".
£15 +