Music, history, archaeology and literature have always been a big part of life for Harry Long. He studied History and Spanish in Trinity College, Dublin and has a PhD in Medieval History/Archaeology. He has played tin whistle and low whistle since childhood, always fascinated by the way history and literature are woven into the music and landscape of Ireland. He has explored many of these themes through research, publications and compositions. Here you will have the opportunity to engage with Harry in developing your knowledge of different aspects of Ireland’s culture.
His publications include articles on two of the most fascinating and dramatic sites in Ireland, the Early Medieval city of Glendalough, Co. Wicklow and the prehistoric fort of Dún Aonghasa, Co. Galway. He has also published two collections of whistle tunes and CDs with Walton’s of Dublin. The latter include some of his own compositions as well as traditional Irish tunes. Through his work with the band Coscán, he has explored themes centred around true historical tales and intriguing ancient sites in the Boyne Valley. His book The Waltons Guide to Irish Music (Dublin, 2005) is an A-Z exploration of the history of traditional instruments, songs, instrumental music and musicians. It also covers fusions of Irish traditional music with rock, classical and jazz. The historical links with other Celtic parts of Europe and the types of traditional music found there are also detailed. Liam Clancy wrote “For those of us who love Irish music and the people who play, sing and foster it in all forms, this book is a treasure trove and an essential resource. I highly recommend it”
Harry has taught in the Medieval History Department in Trinity College, Dublin and currently teaches in Walton’s New School of Music, Dublin. He also teaches Music in Primary schools in Co. Meath and has done many specialised lectures and tours on the archaeology and history of Ireland. He has been self-employed in these fields since 1995.