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Posted: 17-Apr-2007, 09:47 PM
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Master of the Welsh Gypsy Harp to appear at the Irish Cultural Center on May 3rd, 2007. at 7PM. Tickets available at the door, from the Center (602-258-0109), and The Welsh League of Arizona, http://www.welshleagueofarizona.org/

General Admission is $15.00, $12:00 seniors, students, children 12 16, Under 12 free.

Robin Huw Bowen's influence on the world of Welsh folk music and harping has been far-reaching. Of the few harpists worldwide who can play the triple harp, he is the foremost professional now specializing solely in this particular field. He is recognized internationally as the leading exponent of the Welsh national instrument and ranks among the most important figures that Welsh traditional music has produced. At the Machynlleth Festival 2000 Robin was awarded the Glyndwr Award for "an outstanding contribution to the arts in Wales".

Although Robin's repertoire closely reflects that of the Welsh harp in its heyday (mid-17th to the end of the 19th Century) his playing and interpretation of the music continue the unbroken tradition. Whether it is a fiery tune from the repertoire of the Welsh Gypsies, a long forgotten hornpipe or a slow air showing off the intricacies of his harp's three sets of strings and the unique style of variations on the melody, Robin Huw Bowen is a master musician.

The Press Are Saying...Robin's style reminisces the carefree, Welsh gypsy harpists of the last century, who clung to the tradition of the triple harp even as the respectable London soiree crowd were trading theirs for fashionable new pedal harps. His infectious, always sensitive, sometimes irreverent, arrangements delight in taking the triple harp out of the parlor and into the public house for a bit of fun.

Y DELYN Robin is a stunningly good harpist...the notes trip off the strings with rhythmic precision and melodic empathy.
Lawrence Heath, FOLK ROOTS


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