Ancient Music Ireland has designed a series of lectures specifically aimed at third level University Departments including Archaeology, Music, Celtic Studies and Arts. Origins and evolvement of prehistoric instruments are discussed and reproductions are examined and played. Comparisons are made with contemporary and modern descendent instruments. A presentation may aim specifically at a given period e.g. Bronze Age or Iron Age or can cover an overview from the first habitation in Ireland circa 8,000 BC through to the early Medieval period 700 AD. Active participation by students is encouraged who are invited to play reproductions. Music students may have a natural affinity with certain instruments. A trombone player will be able to make a good attempt to play an Iron Age trumpet.
The length of a lecture may vary between one and two hours, but usually will average one and a half hours.
- Bone flutes and whistle
- Flute Stones
- Rhythm stones
- Musical bow
- Frame drum (bodhrán)
- Rhythm bones
- Animal horns (cow, goat, sheep)
- Wicklow pipes
- Selection of cast bronze horns including:
- Dord íseal (bass horn), Co. Kerry/Clare.
- Dord árd (mid horn), Co. Offaly.
- Dord árd (mid horn), Co. Antrim.
- Adharc (treble horn – side blown), Co. Antrim.
- Crotal (bronze hand bell), Co. Offaly.
- Trumpa Créda (Loughnashade, Co. Armagh.
- Trumpa Fada (Ard Brinn, Co. Down.
- Mayophone(Bekan horn), Co. Mayo.
- River Erne horn, Co. Fermanagh.
To book a lecture presentation with Prehistoric Music Ireland (we travel all over the world) please see the contact us page and we would be delighted to reply.