From formal elegies of kings, bishops and great men, to personal expressions of loss; a quirky homoerotic song in mock lament for an absent patron; poetry readings and tunes celebrating or fearing death. This CD presents a programme of harp music, song and poetry from sixteenth and seventeenth century Ireland and Scotland. Simon Chadwick is a specialist in the historic harp traditions of Scotland and Ireland. Simon lives in St Andrews on the east coast of Scotland, and has been studying and teaching the early clarsach for thirteen years. His first CD of historical Scottish repertory, Clarsach na Banrighe, came out in 2008. He is a pioneer in the rediscovery of ancient oral tradition music, and gives performances and presentations of the historical Gaelic harp music across Scotland. In 2007, he commissioned a replica of the medieval Queen Mary Harp held in the National Museum of Scotland from sculptor, Davy Patton. This beautifully decorated instrument with it's precious metal strings forms the inspiration for Simon's investigation of the old harp traditions.