Celebrating St. Patricks Day

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It is easy to understand why this has become an annual event. Last year was the first of concerts presented by the Chatham Chorale celebrating Celtic music. Beautifully performed by singers and musicians, the audience was pleasantly pleased. The concert consisted of pieces of classical, traditional and contemporary forms. After being “piped in” by guest artist bagpiper, Matthew Phelps, the classical genre included the Highland Cathedral, The Harp That Once Through Tara’s Halls and Saint Patrick at Tara. After intermission we were offered the traditional songs created from Jigs, Reels, Ballads, and Airs that had many lyrics added by famous poets and writers through history such as: Thomas Moore, Harold Boulton and Charles Williams Glover. Traditional tunes by composers such as the blind harpist Turlough O’Carolan, were interspersed throughout the performance played by guest fiddlers, flute, organ, percussion and most especially by harpist Mairead Doherty. As per tradition of this musical form, the vocal pieces highlighted 3 tenor soloists; guest Martin Kelly and Chorale members Richard Sullivan and Charles Ferris. Each proved to have quite different tones and talents to share with us. The male chorus members offered a beautiful version of The King of Love and the women had a wonderfully arranged version of the too frequently performed, Danny Boy. The Phil Coulter contemporary song Home from the Sea was a great crowd pleaser as all chimed in with each repeat of the chorus. After the final haunting song The Minstrel Boy, we were “piped” out of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in W. Harwich, concluding a very enjoyable afternoon of music in celebration of Saint Patricks Day on Cape Cod. Bravo!, and Sláinte.

Feel the power of the pipes

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