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May 2, 2000

Scottish Musical Talents Alison Kinnaird and Christine Primrose Perform at Library of Congress May 17

Harpist Alison Kinnaird and Gaelic singer Christine Primrose present a concert of Celt/Scottish music in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., on May 17, at noon. Sponsored by its Federal Research Division and the Library of Congress Professional Association, the hour-long event is free and open to the public with no tickets required.

The program features Christine Primrose, one of the great Gaelic singers of her generation, and Alison Kinnaird, a foremost practitioner of traditional Scottish harp music. Their duo album "Quiet Tradition" has received critical acclaim.

Christine Primrose teaches Gaelic song at the Gaelic College of Skye and has made a number of recordings of Gaelic songs. As a visiting artist/lecturer in the United States and Canada, Ms. Primrose performs regularly in concert and at major festivals.

Alison Kinnaird has a degree in Celtic Studies and Archaeology and was awarded the M.B.E. (Member of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth for service to music and art. She has five recordings to her credit as well as a recent book, Crann Nan Tued. Tree of Strings, written with Keith Sanger, which is the definitive text of the history of the harp in Scotland. These credits, together with her work on the ancient wire-strung harp or Clarsach and her solo recording of the Scottish harp, have made Ms. Kinnaird responsible for a renaissance of Scottish harp music.

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PR 00-060
5/1/00
ISSN 0731-3527

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