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Ann Heymann: Two Lifetime Achievement Awards

July 22, 2021

Congratulations to harper Ann Heymann for being honored with two Lifetime Achievement Awards this month for her 50 plus years of dedicated work researching and reviving the ancient wire-strung harp!

The Somerset Harp Festival presents the first award after a Thursday evening streaming concert, during which Ann will perform with Charlie Heymann live from the Celtic Junction Arts Center. Ann will also give two live Zoom workshops as part of the Somerset festival:

  • July 23, 2-3:30 pm CDT – Gaelic Song & Harp Together (with Charlie Heymann)
  • July 24, 12-1:30 pm CDT – Wire-strung Harp Essentials

The second Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented by the Historical Harp Society of Ireland which will honor Ann with a Virtual Award Presentation (Zoom) on July 26th at 8:00 am CDT. They state, “Ann Heymann is the acknowledged doyenne of the modern international revival of the early Irish harp. The Historical Harp Society of Ireland would like to take this opportunity to mark her career so far, and her seminal contribution to the field of early Irish harp studies, acknowledging the debt owed to her by so many of those working in the area right now. Please join us for this celebration, and feel free to email us any written messages/video greetings you have for her or any stories about how she has impacted your own work (info@irishharp.org).”

To learn more about Ann and her persistent and innovative approach to wire harp, read Ann Heymann: A lifetime of uncovering the Secrets of the Gaelic Harp by Lucy Cummin, published in the Folk Harp Journal, Summer 2021.

To hear Ann discuss her passion, process, and career, listen to her interview by Maureen Buscareno in the HarpSong podcast, “The harp composes and the harp arranges and my hands are trained by it.


July 22, 2021
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