Banríon an Cheoil 2009 film by Lugh Films / Scannain Lugh Teoranta, Co. Donegal, Ireland

 'Banríon an Cheoil'

52 minutes Documentary
Produced by Lugh Films and Gallán Films, TG4, BBC NI, BAI, ILBF and Arts Council.

Filmed over 2 years, this documentary is a musico-archeological “road-documentary” focusing on a group of gifted musicians who are fascinated with this old way of life and their own Irish musical tradition and heritage.

Following, step by step, musical instrument maker Séamús O'Kane from Co. Derry and renowned Harp builder Michael Billinge from Co. Cork as they build a replica of one of the most striking historical symbols of Ireland, the Downhill Harp along with Nodlaig Brolly, one of the new up and coming female artists in Ireland, who is turning her hand to learning the techniques of playing this ancient instrument under the guidance of the most celebrated Celtic Harpers.

Led by Nodlaig’s thoughts as she encounters investigations, doubts and challenges, the audience will discover the difficulties of going back in time to resolve the secrets of an instrument not played for hundreds of years.