Notes & Reviews:
The Belfast Harp Festival of 1792 was an event of great significance in Irish music history. Edward Bunting, then 19, was engaged to annotate all the music he heard; his three volumes of Ancient Irish Music provide a treasure trove of over 300 bardic tunes and their attributions. Belfast-born composer, teacher, broadcaster and performer Philip Hammond (b. 1951) has taken a selection of these tunes and reworked them with complete freedom of style. Mr. Hammond's large body of commissioned work has come from the Brodsky Quartet, Tasmin Little, Barry Douglas and Ann Murray, amongst others.
American Record Guide, July/August 2015
This is a program of 21 arrangements of Irish tunes chosen from Edward Bunting's Ancient Music of Ireland, a three-volume collection published at the very end of the 18th Century. Philip Hammond was born in Belfast in 1951; he's had commissions from James Galway, the Brodsky Quartet, and others. Hammond presents one of Bunting's antiquated settings at the beginning of each tune as the "miniature", and then his own reworking as the "modulation".