[from the back cover] "Twenty-seven tales of mystery, passion, intrigue and enchantment--discover the deadly outcome of Uaithne's prophecy, where Thady Elliot's love of whiskey led him, why the harp of the Dagda Mor fell silent, how O'Carolan was duped, and the cruel fate of the harper who burned his harp to keep his faithless lover warm. A collection of some of the most beautiful--and most powerful--Irish and European folk tales, fairytales, and legends to have been written on the theme of harping, along with colourful reminiscences of some of the great Irish harpers, explanatory commentaries, and a bold, iconoclastic introduction by the compiler, Russell Walton." These tales come to life when accompanied by the playing of and listening to Celtic and other folk harp music. They can be the foundation for the musician's presentation of various kinds of tunes in performance. They will also inform and add depth to the listener's appreciation of harp music.
[from the back cover] "The day began well enough... The children were out enjoying the snow. Indoors all was flutter and bustle, for this was Little Christmas, and everyone was looking forward to the evening's festivities. At about three o'clock in the afternoon, however, it became almost unnaturally calm--so calm that voices floated between farmhouses more than a mile apart. The temperature soared, until by evening the heat had become sickly. Something strange was happening. No-one knew exactly what. Maybe it was just as well. For what followed was a nightmare. What followed was the most terrifying night of their lives ..." The book contains newspaper articles, excerpts from letters and other source material from the time of the storm organized in alphabetical order by city and town. A reader with an interest in the impact from a specific locale can easily look it up. The 246 notes are included after the main text along with a list of article and book sources and an index. Finally other books available from the publisher are described.
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