A musical and dramatic performance based on the life and works of William Butler Yeats.
In the spring of 2016 and 2018, Patrick was awarded Visiting Fellowships by the Moore Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway to study the life and works of Ireland’s greatest poet, William Butler Yeats. Patrick spent a commendable amount of time in the Archives and Special Collections. But, if he were forced to be truthful, he would have to admit that he spent a great deal more time in the pubs of Galway and rambling around Yeats Country. He likes to think that this performance has the savor of all these influences.
This concert is the story of an elderly Irish couple who had spent their entire adult lives in the states but have returned to Ireland to go on a "Yeats Country” tour. The husband had always loved Yeats’ poetry and knew much of it by heart. But, he is now suffering severe memory loss. The wife has arranged the trip in hopes that a visit to Yeats Country will help to revive some of those memories.
They visit many of the places beloved by Yeats. They hear again some of his most beautiful poems, The Lake Isle Of Innisfree, When You Are Old, The Song Of Wandering Aengus, The Host Of The Air, The Wild Swans At Coole, The White Birds. And their story unfolds…
Patrick performs the accompanying music on the legendary wire-strung Celtic harp. Made of maple with 32 brass strings, it is tuned diatonically in the key of D and played with the fingernails. It is a splendid recreation of the great harps that were played in Ireland a thousand years ago.
Patrick Ball is one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world and a captivating spoken word artist. He has recorded nine instrumental and three spoken word albums which have sold well over one-half million copies internationally and won national awards in both the music and spoken word categories. In playing the ancient, legendary brass-strung harp of Ireland and performing marvelous tales of wit and enchantment, he not only brings new life to two cherished traditions, but blends them in concert to create “a richly theatrical and hauntingly beautiful performance.”
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