Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Musical Instruments of Ireland

What's the difference between Irish bagpipes and Scottish bagpipes?   What's the difference between a violin and a fiddle?  How did the harp come to be invented?  What is the first instrument that most Irish children learn to play?   Why were 500 harps burned in the city of Dublin in the 1650's.  What happened when a musician at an 18th century Irish wedding fell in love with the bride?  

Join well-known players and teachers of Irish music, Benedict Koehler and Hilari Farrington, on a lively tour of the traditional instruments of Ireland on Saturday, March 9th at 6 pm.  Hilari and Benedict have performed across the US and Canada on uilleann bagpipes, penny whistle, Irish harp, and button accordion, and have shared the stage and recorded with some of the finest Irish musicians of our day.  Their East Montpelier home is a noted gathering place for musicians from all over North America and Ireland.

This FREE performance is sponsored by the Friends of the Springfield Town Library.   For more information, please call 802-885-3108.