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House of Strings: A Harper's Journey Through Scotland

Stone Church Arts - Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church Street, Bellows Falls, VT 05101

James Ruff, Tenor and Early Gaelic Harp, presents a collage of early music for harp and voice from Gaelic Scotland, recreating the 17th-century world of the historic harper-bards. Rarely heard intimate chamber pieces from a Hebridean harp manuscript, stately formal laments commemorating great clan chieftains, poetic and musical invocations of the famed Keppoch murders, and more. The evocative sound of the early Gaelic wire harp coupled brilliantly with the ancient beauty of Gaelic poetry...

On Walsingham Way: An Early English Pilgrimage

Holy Cross Monastery , 1615 Route 9W (or Broadway), West Park, NY 12493

A musical exploration of the famous Marian pilgrimage site in Walsingham, England, featuring James Ruff, tenor and Early Gaelic Harp in ballads, poems and music of the three periods of importance to the site: Medieval pilgrimage, Tudor destruction and lamentation, 20th century restoration. A singular journey of devotion...

POSTPONED - Concert for St. Patrick's Day: Fundraiser for Historic Red Hook

Elmendorph Inn, 7562 North Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571

Festive Irish Event in the elegant 18th century Elmendorph Inn in honor of St. Patrick's Day, featuring Christine Gummere, cello, James Ruff, tenor and early Irish harp, and Warren Kelder, actor. Early Irish songs and music as well as recitation, both raucous and serious. All funds raised will go toward Historic Red Hook (who runs the Elmendorph Inn).

Scottish Weekend - Workshop & Concert

Mohonk Mountain House, 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, NY

James will help teach Gaelic Song at a 3pm workshop, then perform with the harp at the evening's Scottish Concert.  Details below!

 

From Warp and Weft to Waulking – in Gaelic Language and Song
3pm

For centuries, song has been an accompaniment to work and woven into the fabric of the culture. In this workshop you will learn some basic greetings and phrases in Scottish Gaelic and also be introduced to the process of weaving and waulking of cloth. Learn to sing along with the chorus of a Scottish waulking song with weaver and singer Caroline Bennett and harpist James Ruff. No singing voice is required!

 

A Classic Scottish Concert
9pm

The performers of the Mohonk Scottish Weekend are pleased to bring you a very exciting evening of entertainment featuring dance, songs, and music from Scotland from across the ages and across the world. This concert brings together the classic and the contemporary and is sure to have you tapping your toes to the great fiddle music, wanting to dance the jigs and reels, excited by the energetic Highland dancing, entranced by the beautiful melodies of Scottish and Gaelic song, and enjoying the great tunes of the Highland Bagpipe.

The concert is followed by Scottish country dancing (ceilidh dancing) in the Parlor with the Castle Point Scottish Country Dancers and Ellen Sears. Ceilidh dancing is for all levels of dancers and no experience is necessary!

See website for booking

Dec2

World AIDS Day Service

Old Dutch Church, Old Dutch Church - 272 Wall Street, Kingston, NY

James plays his Early Gaelic Harp as a prelude to the community World AIDS Day Service, as well as singing spirituals with the Vassar Chamber Singers during the service.

Nov24

Christ the King Sunday

Christ the King Episcopal Church, 3021 Route 213 East, Stone Ridge, NY

Special Celtic Service planned for the final service at Christ the King of the Rector, Alison Quin.  Includes Parish Choir led by Barbara Wild, Highland Piper Mike MacNintch, and James Ruff will sing the Seven Sorrows of Mary in Irish, self-accompanying on the Early Gaelic Harp!

Nov17

House of Strings: A Harper's Journey Through Scotland

Vassar College - Skinner Hall, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY

James Ruff, Tenor and Early Gaelic Harp, presents a collage of early music for harp and voice from Gaelic Scotland, recreating the 17th-century world of the historic harper-bards. Rarely heard intimate chamber pieces from a Hebridean harp manuscript, stately formal laments commemorating great clan chieftains, poetic and musical invocations of the famed Keppoch murders, and more. The evocative sound of the early Gaelic wire harp coupled brilliantly with the ancient beauty of Gaelic poetry...

free and open to the public

Aug18

All the Flowers of the Forest

Medieval Mile Museum, 2 St. Mary's Lane, Kilkenny

As part of the Scoil na gClairseach Festival of the Early Irish Harp, prize-winning Sarah Ghríallais (voice), Eibhlís Ní Riordáin (voice and harp), James Ruff (early irish Harp) in ancient music and song of the Gaelic word.

15 Euro

Jun20

An Afternoon Concert of Gaelic Music for Voice and Harp

Spring Fine Arts Music Series, Old Dutch Church - 272 Wall Street, Kingston, NY

A mid-day break concert of Irish and Scottish Gaelic music by James Ruff, Tenor and Early Gaelic Harp.

free and open to the public

May15

Music Before 1800 - 2019 Spring Benefit

The Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th Street, New York, NY

2019 Spring Benefit & Concert

honoring Drew Minter

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 6:30 pm – 9 pm

at the Kosciuszko Foundation

15 East 65th Street

with a silent auction, raffle drawing, wine, hors d’oeuvres

and

a concert by James Ruff and Duo Marchand

 

For more information, please call 
212 666 0675

  

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Your benefit donation is tax deductible, except for $20 for each person attending.

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