Today’s (Saturday 6 July) Festival Fling is an extended edition of four hours with recordings from the 2013 Edinburgh International Harp Festival which took place in April 2013.
Celtic Music Radio was there and recorded a variety of concerts and recitals which you can hear today from 2.00pm.
The first performance is from Park Stickney who is a favourite of the Festival for many years. Park Stickney returns with his inimitable mix of ‘off road’ music and ‘out here’ humour. Park tackles any music he loves from jazz to trad, rock to classical, each time creating an arrangement for harp which inspires awe amongst harp players and music lovers alike. From favourites like The Pink Panther to his own beautiful compositions Park always imbibes inspiration from a wide area and imparts his own brand of musicality to his adoring audience.
We then have highlights from the Cameo Concert introduced by John Purser.
Next up is Michelle Mulcahy who plays “with superb clarity, beautiful melodic expression and innate musicality” and conveys a deep knowledge of the history and pulse of traditional music. Michelle will perform material from her debut solo album Suaimhneas which is receiving worldwide acclaim and celebrates “the poetic beauty of Irish Traditional Music in the shape, nuances and lilting cadences of these tunes” (The Herald).
To end the afternoon’s entertainment is The Outside Track (pictured below) who are a stunning synthesis of virtuosity and energy. The Outside Track’s marriage of Canadian, Scottish and Irish music and song has been rapturously received around the world.
Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton and Vancouver, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on its foundation. Using fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, step-dance and
vocals these five virtuosos blend boundless energy with unmistakable joie de vivre.
Festival Fling at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival, Saturday 6 July, 2.00-6.00pm.