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Obit: Grainne Yeats - 14 Apr 1925 - 18 Apr 2013

keberoxu 07 Mar 16 - 02:20 PM
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Subject: Obit: needed for Grainne Yeats?
From: keberoxu
Date: 07 Mar 16 - 02:20 PM

Sorry to put you all through this again. But I can't find her obit thread, and she passed away three years ago. Is it the same problem that it was with Paco de Lucia: namely, diacritics/fada?


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Subject: RE: Obit: needed for Grainne Yeats?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Mar 16 - 02:37 PM

I don't find evidence that there was such an obit.


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Subject: RE: Obit: needed for Grainne Yeats?
From: MartinRyan
Date: 07 Mar 16 - 03:39 PM

Mudcat Obits are fairly haphazard - none the worse for that. Doesn't seem to have been one for Grainne Yeats.

Regards


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Subject: Obit: Grainne Yeats (14 Apr 1925 - 18 Apr 2013)
From: keberoxu
Date: 07 Mar 16 - 07:28 PM

Maiden name Gráinne Dill Ní Éigeartaigh

1949: marriage to Michael Yeats

1951: birth of Caitríona Dill

1953: birth of Siobhan Máire

1955: birth of Síle Áine

1959: birth of Pádraig Butler

Predeceased, in 2007, by both her husband Michael and her daughter Síle.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Grainne Yeats - 14 Apr 1925 - 18 Apr 2013
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Mar 16 - 08:20 PM

This thread is now an obit. You may find some online information you want to link back here.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Grainne Yeats - 14 Apr 1925 - 18 Apr 2013
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 08 Mar 16 - 07:10 AM

Maybe it would be helpful to suggest how an obit thread is listed on the "In Memoriam" thread. Clearly, anyone who is not instantly recognizable as a member of the folk community does not get a mention. If the obit thread gives a good indication of that person and their life in folk music, then they are included in the "In Memoriam" thread.

As things stand at the moment, we need more specific information for this obit to be included.

I hope that makes sense.

Peter


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Subject: RE: Obit: Grainne Yeats - 14 Apr 1925 - 18 Apr 2013
From: MartinRyan
Date: 08 Mar 16 - 07:37 AM

Thanks, Waldon Pete - that makes sense alright!

Regards


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Subject: Obit: Grainne Yeats - 14 Apr 1925 - 18 Apr 2013
From: keberoxu
Date: 08 Mar 16 - 05:10 PM

Formal education:
Scoil Bhríde (elementary, Gaelic spoken)
Alexandra College
Trinity College Dublin (history)
Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin

According to American Harp Society member, Teresa O'Donnell (copied from Questia):
Gráinne Yeats, Sheila Larchet Cuthbert, and Mercedes Bolger became life-long friends, teaching colleagues, and together they transformed Irish Harp performance and pedagogy for the remainder of the twentieth century.
In the 1950s, however, Yeats painted a depressing picture of the status of the Irish harp, in particular, the paucity of instruments, teachers, and published music. [Interview] "....extremely difficult to find a good harp to play...even when the would-be player had found a harp, there was practically nothing to play. The harper had to forage in the dark corners of second-hand bookshops, on the hunt for the scarce and expensive collections of Bunting, Petrie, Joyce, and others. The long labour then began of looking through the hundreds of tunes, deciding which of these the harper had [either] to make arrangements of -- a skilled trade in itself -- or to bully more capable friends into doing so. At the end of all this, the harper had to find an audience willing to listen, because by the 1950s, the harp had fallen into such disuse that it seemed a somewhat exotic instrument to most people."

[continued]Yeats, Larchet-Cuthbert, and Bolger shared the goal of raising the standard of harping in Ireland, dispelling the notion that nobody could play, and that the harp was merely an instrument associated with cabaret performances. Yeats' enduring pedagogical legacy was the establishment of harp schools around Ireland as far apart as Derry and Wexford, with students at each school following a standard course and the same technique.
Yeats' contribution to the Irish harp tradition can be evaluated in four main areas, namely:
the performance of voice to harp accompaniment,
the commissioning and premiering of numerous compositions by contemporary composers,
the revival of the wire-strung harp,
and, finally, her research into the history and performance practice of the wire-strung harp.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Grainne Yeats - 14 Apr 1925 - 18 Apr 2013
From: Thompson
Date: 09 Mar 16 - 03:30 AM

From harpspectrum.org: GRÁINNE YEATS (d. April 18, 2013) was born in Dublin, Ireland, and raised bilingually in Irish and English. She always combined a deep interest in traditional music and songs with a corresponding interest in classical music. At the same time as she was studying piano, voice and harp at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, she was learning traditional songs from the Irish-speaking (Gaeltacht) areas, and acquired what became a very large repertoire of traditional songs and music.
She had a particular interest in the wire-strung harp, and wrote extensively about its history and music. She was the first professional musician to revive and record this ancient traditional instrument. She did extensive research on the Irish harpers, and recorded some 40 of their songs and harp solos on a double CD (Gael Linn, CEF CD 156), using both wire and gut harps. Among her other publications she wrote entries on Carolan and other Irish harpers in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and her book The Harp of Ireland contains much material about them. Gráinne Yeats retired from her international concert career, but still taught in workshops, master classes, courses and festivals. She was married to Michael Yeats and they lived mainly in Dublin.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Grainne Yeats - 14 Apr 1925 - 18 Apr 2013
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Mar 16 - 04:33 AM

My first thought at this thread was 'she isn't dead, is she?'. But I was thinking of Caitriona Yeats.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Grainne Yeats - 14 Apr 1925 - 18 Apr 2013
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 09 Mar 16 - 11:18 AM

I have now included Grainne in the "In Memoriam" thread.

RIP.

Peter


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Subject: RE: Obit: Grainne Yeats - 14 Apr 1925 - 18 Apr 2013
From: keberoxu
Date: 11 Mar 16 - 05:34 PM

Copied from Facebook: dated April 18, 2013
"So very sad to hear of the death of Gráinne Yeats who did such wonderful work for the harp in Ireland and was a wonderfully supportive, kind and generous friend. A great musician and great lady is no more.
"Ní fheicfimid a leithéid arís. RIP."
Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman


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Subject: RE: Obit: Grainne Yeats - 14 Apr 1925 - 18 Apr 2013
From: keberoxu
Date: 15 Mar 16 - 06:58 PM

Mercedes Bolger Garvey, Grainne Yeats' friend and colleague, died the same year, not in April but in November this time. Mrs. Garvey I believe did not pursue the wire-strung Irish harp as Mrs. Yeats did, but stuck to the nylon-strung improvements over the old gut-strung versions. Mrs. Garvey's career was really that of the teacher of teachers, and so she was not so much a public performer as an influence on the conditions in which harpists are formed. I find it touching that the two passed away in the same year.


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