Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

Celtic Junction Arts Center

Best Cultural Center in North America –IrishCentral, 2018

836 Prior Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55104

A 501(c)(3) organization

The Birds, the Bees & The Gaelic Harp, February 14

7:30pm, FREE to the public, located in Inis Meáin

This will be the third in a series of five free public seminar-performances with Ann and Charlie Heymann, featuring the traditional harp of Ireland and Scotland.

The Gaelic harp is depicted on every Irish coin and passport and is perhaps best known outside of Ireland on every bottle from Ireland’s Guinness brewery. However its voice was lost publicly for over two hundred years until Ann Heymann became involved. A native Minnesotan, Heymann has played a crucial role in bringing the Gaelic harp's voice to life; indeed the Scotland’s Harp Society Comunn na Clarsaich says "Ann Heymann is the pioneer who brought the Gaelic harp back to a living tradition."

Being so close to Valentine’s Day, this program will focus on music of love and romance and delve into the harp's gender identity in mythology and lore. There will be a reception with the artists afterward. Don't miss this opportunity to hear and learn about the famous instrument from its foremost representative.

Future seminar/performances will include:

  • The Three Musics (April 2014)
  • A Gaelic Harp Celebration (September 2014) 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.