Renowned harpists to play at Chapel of Rest

Sep. 26, 2013 @ 10:45 AM

William Jackson and Grainne Hambly, considered the foremost harpers of Ireland and Scotland, will be in concert at the Chapel of Rest in Happy Valley on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. Besides the contrasting and complimentary sounds and styles of the harps, performances will also include concertina, whistle and bouzouki. Hambly, who has three critically acclaimed CDs of solo harp, has garnered a following of devoted harp enthusiasts and captures the traditional Irish music fan with her fast, driving reels and jigs. She has broken the genteel parlor image and elevated the stature of the harp to that of fiddles and pipes in the realm of dynamic dance music. She and Jackson released their first major recording collaboration in 2009. Jackson has been a major figure in traditional Scottish music since being a founding member in 1976 of the folk group Ossian, whose outstanding recordings remain a benchmark for Scottish music. The band, whose music influenced a generation of musicians, extensively toured the U.S. and Europe. He is also a renowned composer whose work is inspired by the history and landscape of Scotland. As solo performer, he has toured throughout Europe and North America, with an impressive list of commissioned works and subsequent recordings. In combining traditional and classical music, Jackson has composed for and performed with The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Cape Cod Symphony and Asheville Symphony Orchestra. The Chapel of Rest is nine miles north of Lenoir on N.C. 268, adjacent to the campus of The Patterson School. This concert is part of the ongoing “Joan and Robert Rogers Concert Series,” which began in 1984 and presents professional concerts every spring and fall. Admission is $10 and includes a reception with the musicians to follow the concert.