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My Gentle Harp (Castlebar Library)

Date(s): Tuesday 9th December 2008 to Saturday 3rd January 2009. During Library opening hours.

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Thomas Moore (1779-1852), the Bard of Erin, was the most celebrated poet and songwriter in nineteenth-century Ireland. Moore was a writer and poet but it is as the author of the Irish melodies that he is best remembered. These 124 songs, based on Irish airs collected by Edward Bunting and others, speak of love and loss, of friendship and of love of country. Published in ten volumes between 1808 and 1834, they were worldwide hits, reaching people of all classes in Europe, America and Russia.

The travelling exhibition consists of panels depicting Moore's early and later life, The Irish melodies and their musical influence, and The Irish melodies' reception and legacy. These are accompanied by a DVD of ‘One faithful harp’ an hour-long TV production by Hummingbird Productions and a compilation CD of renditions of some of the melodies by well-known performers.

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