Music and Story from the Courts, Castles, and Kitchens of Ireland…

Tale of the Gael, Basel, 2010

An Irish Christmas:   Basel 2010           Back row: Brendan Wade, Paul Dooley, Catherine Rhatigan, Dave Aebli,         Front row: Prannie Rhatigan

Welcome to the landing page for Irelandharp. Feel free to browse through our various projects over the years, meet the people involved, and find out about what what we do, and where we perform.

Tale of the Gael has a long history of performing at weddings, private events, concerts, launches festivals and Embassies,  and has a repertoire of tunes for all occasions. Tale can play as a duet a trio, or a larger band.

Tale of the Gael https://irelandharp.net/yeats-carolan-project/

The Atlantic Orchestra Project generally works with a community group or event organiser to create an historically informed performance from the ground up

The Atlantic Orchestra Project https://irelandharp.net/the-atlantic-orchestra-project/

The Celtic Fragment ( site currently being updated)            This group features storytelling and music in English and Swiss German

Catherine Rhatigan, project director https://irelandharp.net/links/


An Evening of Yeats and Music:  Dortmund University, Germany, May 2018                                                                         Tale of the Gael with special Guests Senator Susan O Keefe, Paul Murray and members of the English Dept of Dortmund University.













4 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. That all sounds lovely. I searched “YouTube” for a rendition of “Miss Hamilton” and found you there on Martin Byrne’s posting. I am trying to learn that tune on my harp. I love it! Thank you for your version of it.
    JML, Scituate, MA

  2. Joan, I ‘m delighted you like the version. We recorded it with double bass and harp, two lovely sounding big string instruments. I wish you luck and lots of enjoyment learning and playing the tune. Catherine

  3. I’m SO glad to have found you have a website up now. My family of 6 along with 3 friends went to Ireland in 2000, and on July 4 we stayed at Castle Leslie and ate dinner there. The entertainment for the evening was The Tale of the Gael. We were enthralled. If I correctly recall, there were two women playing the harp and a gentleman reading/reciting. Since then, I have told others of your performance, and periodically searched the Internet for information about you, and hoped to find at least an excerpt from the story you told of the harp and of the people of Ireland. Last evening I was telling a friend about your work, and I afterward tried the search again. And here you are! I,m so glad! Please consider posting a small excerpt of your work in video.

    • That’s going back a while… yes, I remember that evening. We have expanded a bit since then, and do a lot of similar type work. Please let us know if you are ever in the area when we are doing a performance as it would be lovely to meet you after all this time. And thanks for your kind words! Catherine

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