Thanks to Philadelphia-area MiNDTV35 for these videos:
Harp Overview — April 2, 2013:
The origins of the Harp rest in 12th century Ireland. These harps were metal and were tuned differently than the modern harp. It was normally played as a background for spoken poetry. In 1792, Queen Elizabeth outlawed harpers and punished them with hangings because they were thought to be spies. Ellen Tepper plays “Maurice O’Connor” in tribute to the hardships of the harpers during this time period.
Loftus Jones — April 2, 2013:
In this program, harpist Ellen Tepper mentions that while Loftus Jones was originally composed for the Irish harp, the notation from which she worked was actually for the piano. Tepper had to convert this notation back into the harp form to reform the song. The “Ancient Music of Ireland” collection, which included Loftus Jones, consisted of songs as of 1792 but was published in 1809. Tepper also gives some biographical history of Turlock O’Calloran, writer of Loftus Jones.
Castle of Dromore — April 2, 2013:
In this five minute piece, harpist Ellen Tepper plays the lullaby “Castle of Drumore.” Tepper also educates viewers about the history of Irish harpists and the interesting lives they led.
Miss Hamilton — Apil 2, 2013:
The song was written by the great contemporary composer Cornelius Lions for the daughter of the Hamilton clan for her Christmas wedding.