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Patrick Ball TFFM Concert: O'Carolan's Farewell

Event Date: April 13, 2002 - Virginia Beach, Virginia

Apr 13, 2002
Kimmy Sophia Brown
Patrick Ball, premier celtic harpist, took us back in time tonight with his presentation of "O' Carolan's Farewell to Music" at the TFFM (Tidewater Friends of Folk Music) sponsored concert at the Virginia Beach Public Library.

Patrick Ball co-wrote (with Peter Glazer) the mono-drama, told from thepoint of view of Irish poet, Charles McCabe, in tribute to his friend, the blind Irish harpist, Turlough O' Carolan.

Set in a pub in 1738, Ball, dressed in the garb of the day, told thestory in a robust Irish accent, weaving anecdotal stories of the composter/harpist, O'Carolan, between gorgeous pieces on his brass-stringed celtic harp. This music is other-worldly and truly mesmerizing.

Ball has created a niche for himself in contrast to this modern worldof musical copy cats. His strong acting skills and ease with the harp sweep the audience into a living, breathing world seen by few in this age of slick and shiny manufactured entertainment.

One hopes someone will sing about Patrick Ball in future centuries. Hisexceptional efforts have given us a wonderful gift to be enjoyed and remembered.

Kimmy Sophia Brown has loved humor and music and freedom for as long as she can remember.She is especially passionate about the environment and caring for animals.

She writes the column "From the Back Porch" as well as reviews of music in her column "MusicViews". Her goal in her music reviews is to introduce music she loves to people who may not have heard that particular artist or CD. For information about how to submit a CD for review, click here.

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