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Celtic Harp, Vol. I: The Music of Turlough O'Carolan
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Patrick returned to California, was awarded a Master's Degree in History by Dominican College, and soon discovered that jobs in the field of Irish scholarship were not to be had for love nor money. So after laboring in various unrewarding lines of work he set off hitchhiking around the country and finally fetched up at Penland School of Crafts in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, where he lived for two years and worked as a groundsman. There he encountered a branch of that living oral tradition that had captivated him in Ireland. And there for him, among the Appalachian storytellers, his love of the spoken word was rekindled. He returned to Ireland and listened, then made his way back to California, determined to put his scholarship, his love of words and his neglected musicianship to some use, to carve out for himself an occupation from the things that he loved. He sought out a maker of the rare wire-strung Celtic harp and taught himself to play. He then gathered the stories he had heard and the history he had learned and blended them with the music that had so often been their companion.
He now tours extensively throughout the United States and Canada, is considered one of the premier Celtic harpers and storytellers in the world today, and has recorded nine instrumental and three spoken word albums which have sold well over one-half million copies collectively and earned national awards in both the music and spoken word categories. Along with Celtic Harp and Story, his beguiling blend of music and spoken word concerts, Patrick has also written and currently performs two solo musical theater pieces: O'Carolan's Farewell to Music, which brings to the stage the legendary life, the turbulent times and the glorious music of Ireland's most celebrated and beloved musician, Turlough O'Carolan, and The Fine Beauty of the Island, a musical journey to Ireland's legendary Blasket Islands in search of a deeply haunting tune and the vanished islanders who played it.
Patrick has been awarded grants for his work by the Zellerbach Family Fund and the California Arts Council and is the recipient of the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Association.
Ball's brass-strung Celtic harp has a great sound.
You won't need to wait for next St. Patrick's Day, or drink Irish whiskey in place of your usual wheat grass beverage, to relish this serene, sublime music.
I grew up with some of these tapes in my father's possession and they were a great delight to listen to.
I love this it arrived perfectly and I love to listen to it.... thank you.Published 1 month ago by Yvette
If you buy only one Celtic harp CD in your life, let this be the one! Ball is an amazingly talented harpist, and his music is heavenly from the first to last song. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lynne Kitchen
I saw him perform in person once. Highly talented and passionate musician.Published 3 months ago by L. Hamilton
Great harp performance! Ball's brass-strung Celtic harp has a great sound.Published 6 months ago by Melody Grandy Keller
These solo renditions by Patrick Ball are quite heavenly. All but one of the fifteen tracks are pieces by the legendary Turlough O'Carolan, and Ball's performances give each a... Read morePublished 12 months ago by J. R. Trtek