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The Thistle & Shamrock: A Gentle Revolution

French harper and singer Alan Stivell rehearses in Saint-Brieuc, France on November 3, 2015.

After fading into obscurity, the Celtic harp made a steady resurgence beginning in the 1970s. We present an hour of inspirational sounds from harpers William Jackson, Wendy Stewart, Moya Brennan and Alan Stivell, the latter having been credited with sowing the seeds of this gentle revolution.

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