Watch one of The Ark's most popular music shows from your classroom this December and January. Follow the heavenly harmonies of The Henry Girls into an enchanting world of winter!
From sparkling icicles to wolves in the forest, the joy of sledding at high speed or the wonder of the Aurora Borealis on a frosty night, discover the magic and mysteries of this time of year.
And just what did make those tracks in the snow? Find out as the band’s playful humour and trademark folk and trad melodies celebrate some of the things we love to see and do when the world turns white.
Tracks in the Snow was commissioned and produced by The Ark as part of our mission to create high-quality music performances crafted especially for young audiences. The show premiered at The Ark in Dec 2015 followed by a further sell-out run in Dec 2017.
Perfect for all primary school classes, Tracks in the Snow links in with the Listening and Responding strand units of the Music curriculum. It fosters a sense of excellence in and appreciation of new music. Featuring Irish musicians playing a range of instruments including piano, harp, voice, accordion, fiddle and double bass as well as percussion, it provides children with an opportunity to listen to a range of unfamiliar music pieces and broaden their sound sources.
A free downloadable classroom pack is available in English and as Gaeilge which provides a range of accessible music activities and creative approaches connected to the theme and songs of the show. The activities will encourage music-making projects in the classroom and support imaginative music responses to the performance which are relevant to the composing and performing music curriculum strands.
About The Henry Girls...
The Henry Girls are three sisters from Co Donegal. Their music is infused with the rich cultural heritage of their native Donegal but with a transatlantic flavour.
Their shimmering harmonies and delicate musicianship have been revered since their early days but in the last number of years they have been renowned for their song writing skills also. They have successfully learned to interweave their traditional roots with contemporary elements, earning them both commercial success and spectacular critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. They are renowned for their captivating, heart-warming and often moving live performances. Those fortunate enough to have seen them perform live onstage will all agree with the sentiments of The Irish Times who simply described the experience as ʻa joy’.
The sisters have toured and collaborated on various other music projects, most notably Mary Black, Imelda May, Clannad, Sharon Shannon, The Hothouse Flowers, Donal Lunny, Altan and Dervish. They were nominated for an IFTA for Best Original Score on award-winning children’s film ʻA Shine of Rainbows’.
Find out more about the band at www.thehenrygirls.com