Join Irish harpist and singer Hannah Flowers for an evening of harp tunes and traditional songs as she celebrates the release of her new album Hall-Gate House. This album is a celebration and extension of her master’s degree studies in Irish Traditional Music Performance at Maynooth University in Maynooth, Ireland. The performance will take place on our outdoor stage, the concert will be indoors if the weather is poor. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Youth 18 and under receive free admission.
For many years Hannah dreamed of moving to Ireland to study Irish music: little did she know she would get her wish but in a situation she could never have imagined. In 2020 she would move to Ireland during a worldwide pandemic, study harp over Zoom, and do little but play her instrument in isolation during months of lockdown. Her circumstances while completing the master’s degree at Maynooth University were not what she had dreamed of, but the experience was a gift Hannah would never replace. This album is a celebration and culmination of that lockdown year.
After returning from Ireland, Hannah set out to turn a seven-track recording project into a full album. Hall-Gate House is the result of that endeavor. The album consists of six sets of tunes that share their melodies with song lyrics, five traditional Irish songs, and an original composition, the title track. She is honored to be joined on four tracks by her friend and mentor, the world-class guitarist and traditional singer, Dáithí Sproule.
Hannah extends her sincerest gratitude to the Fulbright Commission, the Government of Ireland, Maynooth University, and her Kickstarter campaign supporters for helping bring this project to life.
Hannah Flowers is a professional harpist and traditional singer from St. Paul, Minnesota. She fell in love with the harp as a young child and was classically trained before discovering Irish music in her teens. Since then she has had the opportunity to travel to Ireland yearly over the past decade to study harp with Gráinne Hambly, Michelle Mulcahy, and Michael Rooney. She competed internationally at Fleadh Cheoil na Éireann in Sligo, Ireland in 2014. In 2016 Hannah was awarded a “Next Step Fund” Grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council to study ancient Gaelic harp in Kilkenny, Ireland. The following year she received a “Gaeltacht Summer Award” from Fulbright Commission to study the Irish language and spent three happy summers learning the language in Glencolmcille, Co. Donegal. She holds a BA in Music. This past year she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and Government of Ireland International Education Scholarship to pursue an MA in Irish Traditional Music at Maynooth University in Ireland. When not playing harp, teaching harp, she can be found drinking countless cups of tea or coffee, reading, running outdoors, or planning her next overseas adventure. hannahflowersharp.com