In Concert 1992 and Live in Downpatrick 1993


Belfast Harp Orchestra (BHO)

comprises 20-25 harpers from both Catholic and Protestant communities in Northern Ireland (mostly) who perform together commemorating the bicentenary of the Belfast Harpers’ Assembly of 1792.

“Live in Downpatrick”

is recorded from the one concert performance in the Cathedral of Down – the day after the BHO returned from their tour of America with the Chieftains where they performed in halls including New York’s Carnegie Hall and Washington DC’s Kennedy Centre.

Both of these albums were originally released as a cassette and this CD made in 2017 is produced as a ’BHO25 Legacy Album’.


We ask our listeners to be forgiving of the shortcomings of the quality - and our youthful excitement as one or two tracks were performed rather faster than we would perform them now.


1 Boyne Water - Belfast Harp Orchestra - In Concert 1992

1 Boyne Water - Belfast Harp Orchestra - In Concert 1992

1 Boyne WaterPublished in Bunting’s 1809 collection and celebrating the Williamite victory in 1690, ..

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2 The Hawk of Ballyshannon or O’Moore’s Daughter - Belfast Harp Orchestra - In Concert 1992

2 The Hawk of Ballyshannon or O’Moore’s Daughter - Belfast Harp Orchestra - In Concert 1992

2 The Hawk of Ballyshannon or O’Moore’s DaughterFrom the harper-composer Ruairi Dall O Cathan of Ant..

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3 Rights of Man (Hornpipe) followed by Miss McLeod’s and The Humours of Ballyconnell (Reels)

3 Rights of Man (Hornpipe) followed by Miss McLeod’s and The Humours of Ballyconnell (Reels)

3 Rights of Man (Hornpipe) followed by Miss McLeod’s and The Humours of Ballyconnell (Reels)Inc..

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4 Molly MacAlpin - Belfast Harp Orchestra - In Concert 1992

4 Molly MacAlpin - Belfast Harp Orchestra - In Concert 1992

4 Molly MacAlpin: Song solo – Brian the Brave (text by Thomas Moore) Soloist: Terry Blackb..

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5 Slieve Gallen - Belfast Harp Orchestra - In Concert 1992

5 Slieve Gallen - Belfast Harp Orchestra - In Concert 1992

5 Slieve Gallen Soloist: Sorca KellyPublished in Bunting’s 1840 collection, it appears to be a ve..

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6 An Chuilfhionn (The Coolin) - Belfast Harp Orchestra - In Concert 1992

6 An Chuilfhionn (The Coolin) - Belfast Harp Orchestra - In Concert 1992

6 An Chuilfhionn (The Coolin) Vocal Solos: Padraigin Caeser, Terence Blackburn, Harp solo Jane..

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7 Bruach na Carraige Bine - Belfast Harp Orchestra - In Concert 1992

7 Bruach na Carraige Bine - Belfast Harp Orchestra - In Concert 1992

7 Bruach na Carraige Bine Vocal Soloist: Mairead HoggeBunting listened to the singing of this song b..

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8 Ulster Epic - Belfast Harp Orchestra - In Concert 1992

8 Ulster Epic - Belfast Harp Orchestra - In Concert 1992

8 Ulster EpicA major piping epic that tells of the war of the MacDonnells of the Isles and the Ulste..

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9 Rose Dillon: Soloist: Deirdre Macklin - Belfast Harp Orchestra - In Concert 1992

9 Rose Dillon: Soloist: Deirdre Macklin - Belfast Harp Orchestra - In Concert 1992

9 Rose Dillon: Soloist: Deirdre MacklinRose Dillon, composed by Carolan and played by Charles Fannin..

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10 Give me your hand - Belfast Harp Orchestra - In Concert 1992

10 Give me your hand - Belfast Harp Orchestra - In Concert 1992

10 Give me your handComposed by Rory Dall O’Cathan, who, tho’ a blind harper like many others, was o..

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11 Carolan’s Concerto - Belfast Harp Orchestra - In Concert 1992

11 Carolan’s Concerto - Belfast Harp Orchestra - In Concert 1992

11 Carolan’s ConcertoCarolan’s Concert was first published in Bunting’s 1796 collection.  The s..

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12 Liúrach Phádraig – St.Patrick’s Breastplate - Belfast Harp Orchestra Live in Downpatrick 1993

12 Liúrach Phádraig – St.Patrick’s Breastplate - Belfast Harp Orchestra Live in Downpatrick 1993

Recorded live in concert on March 20th, 1993 in the Cathedral of Down in DownpatrickAll pieces excep..

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13 Dóchas Linn, Naomh Pádraig – Bring us Hope, Saint Patrick - Belfast Harp Orchestra Live in Downpatrick 1993

13 Dóchas Linn, Naomh Pádraig – Bring us Hope, Saint Patrick - Belfast Harp Orchestra Live in Downpatrick 1993

13 Dóchas Linn, Naomh Pádraig – Bring us Hope, Saint Patrick This is a relatively contempora..

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14 The Star of the County Down - Belfast Harp Orchestra Live in Downpatrick 1993

14 The Star of the County Down - Belfast Harp Orchestra Live in Downpatrick 1993

14 The Star of the County Down This is one of Ireland’s classic songs arranged by Herbert Hughes i..

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15 The Bard of Armagh - Belfast Harp Orchestra Live in Downpatrick 1993

15 The Bard of Armagh - Belfast Harp Orchestra Live in Downpatrick 1993

15 The Bard of Armagh Soloist: Janet HarbisonThe Bard of Armagh is another great song arranged b..

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16 Páidin O Raifeartaigh – Paddy Rafferty’s Jig - Belfast Harp Orchestra Live in Downpatrick 1993

16 Páidin O Raifeartaigh – Paddy Rafferty’s Jig - Belfast Harp Orchestra Live in Downpatrick 1993

16 Páidin O Raifeartaigh – Paddy Rafferty’s Jig This is one of the great jigs of the 19th century an..

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17 Mursheen Durkin - Belfast Harp Orchestra Live in Downpatrick 1993

17 Mursheen Durkin - Belfast Harp Orchestra Live in Downpatrick 1993

17 Mursheen Durkin Vocal: Terence BlackburnThe tune of this song was originally ascribed to the ..

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18 The Southern Breeze - Belfast Harp Orchestra Live in Downpatrick 1993

18 The Southern Breeze - Belfast Harp Orchestra Live in Downpatrick 1993

18 The Southern BreezeVocal: Terence BlackburnThis lyrical song, the tune of which is well known amo..

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19 Two Mazurkas - Belfast Harp Orchestra Live in Downpatrick 1993

19 Two Mazurkas - Belfast Harp Orchestra Live in Downpatrick 1993

19 Two Mazurkas The first of the mazurkas was composed by County Clare button accordion play..

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20 She Moved Through the Fair - Belfast Harp Orchestra Live in Downpatrick 1993

20 She Moved Through the Fair - Belfast Harp Orchestra Live in Downpatrick 1993

20 She Moved Through the Fair Vocal: Terence Blackburn.Again, a song from the collection of Herber..

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21 St.Patrick’s Breastplate – I Bind unto Myself Today - Belfast Harp Orchestra Live in Downpatrick 1993

21 St.Patrick’s Breastplate – I Bind unto Myself Today - Belfast Harp Orchestra Live in Downpatrick 1993

21 St.Patrick’s Breastplate – I Bind unto Myself Today Vocal solos: Terence Blackburn and Janet Harb..

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