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Music From The Robert Ap Huw Manuscript Volume 1 [CD]

Paul Dooley Audio CD
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Six pieces from the oldest collection of harp music in existence played on the metal-strung harp by Paul Dooley, one of Ireland’s most accomplished harpers. Around the year 1613, Robert ap Huw, a young harper from Anglesey, copied transcripts of the ancient harp music of Wales. The strange tablature he reproduced has puzzled scholars for centuries. Some have said this music is of the kind Gruffudd ap Cynan brought with him from Ireland c. 1100, when he reclaimed his ancestral throne of Gwynedd.


...mesmerising, I can’t wait for volume II 9/10 -- Sarah McQuaid, Hot Press

Paul Dooley has brought this ancient music to life with exquisite serenity...This is volume I, I eagerly await the second. -- Delyth Jenkins, Taplas

About the Artist

Paul Dooley is one of the very few Irish people who play the Irish harp in its historical form and style - using a metal-strung harp, playing with the fingernails and damping unwanted string resonance with the fingertips. Paul studied the construction of medieval Irish harps in Dublin during the early 1980s and has built several harps. He started his performing career on the metal-strung harp in 1986 and has appeared on numerous CD recordings and television soundtracks.

His repertoire consists mostly of traditional Irish dance music, including jigs and reels, some of which he has learned from recordings and printed music but mostly learned from other musicians: pipers, flute players and fiddlers. This music proves a real challenge for any type of harp and consequently hasn't been explored very much on the instrument.

Paul has also spent the past ten years working on the Robert ap Huw manuscript, the oldest collection of harp music in existence. The result of this work can be heard on his latest album, "Music from the Robert ap Huw Manuscript Volume I" released in 2004.

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