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Catherine Rhatigan, Project Director / Irish harp.


A founder member of Tale of the Gael, she created and directed the 12 events for Yeats 150 Harp Festival of Moons which ran for a year.  Most recently, she has scripted and directed productions with the James Joyce Institute Zurich, The Dept. of Foreign Affairs, as well as with universities in Switzerland and Germany. She has performed and taught harp music in the U.S, Europe, South Africa, Japan and of course Ireland. 

Original pieces for Historically Informed Performances written and directed by Catherine Rhatigan

For Tale of the Gael


Brigid 1500 Celebration:

Music, text and video to celebrate the 1500th anniversary of Saint Brigid in conjunction with the Embassy of Ireland, Tourism Ireland and Brigid 1500 Group Switzerland. Performance held in Martigny, Switzerland, Feb 2024

A Yeatsian Landscape:

Music, text and video to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Yeats's Nobel Prize Award in conjunction with the Embassy of Ireland, University of Zurich and Basel Irish Club. Performances in Zurich and Basel, with special guest Susan O'Keeffe (Director, Yeats Society Irl), Nov 2023

Joyce's Dublin:

Music and text to celebrate the centenary of the publication of Ulysses by James Joyce. Performed in the Palais de Justice Strasbourg, France, for Council of Europe President and Delegates, June 15th 2022

Rejoicing with Joyce:

Bloomsday Celebrations with the James Joyce Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland, June 16th 2022

Reverberations: Celebrating Joyce

Music and text to celebrate James Joyce, performed in Universities of Zurich, Geneva, Lausanne and Dortmund 2019- 2022

Various Evenings with WB Yeats

Commissioned by the Dept of Foreign Affairs and performed in France, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Ireland and Germany 2015 - 2023

Ireland a Nation: 1916-2016

Commissioned by Dept of Foreign Affairs and performed in Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovenia 2016

Lady Gregory: Life and Legacy

As part of the Yeats 150 Year of Celebrations. Performed in Lough Cutra Castle, Galway, Bernard Shaw theatre, Carlow, Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon 2015

For The Atlantic Orchestra Project

Cannon in Sea

In association with the Irish Underwater Archeology Unit and Spanish Armada Ireland. Performed in Sligo 2018 and 2023

Cairo to Connemara: Routes and Rhythms in Irish Music. Based on the research of Bob Quinn, hosted by Friends of Celtic Spirit. Performed in Basel and Zurich, Switzerland January 2020

Light in the West: The Colmcille Story

Hosted in association with Cos Cos and Drumcliffe Tidy Towns. Staged in Drumcliffe Church, December 2021


Instrumental pieces

The Julianna Jig

The Innishmurray March

Ghost in the Spanish Arch

The Colmcille Salute

The Selkies Reel

The Cockles Pickers Jig

Rusty's Walk


The Saint and the Seagull

A Sailor's Song

A Dublin Song

Recordings of some of these and other music from the shows available in the media section

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