Denis O'Hampsey - read more
The main source for Denis O'Hampsey's life is the letter from Rev. George Sampson, to Lady Morgan, which was printed in the novel The Wild Irish Girl, 1806. (read it online)
The letter was reprinted, with comments on O'Hampsey's repertory and playing, by Edward Bunting in The Ancient Music of Ireland, 1840, p.73-7. (PDF download).
CDs with his music
As well as the engraving published in Bunting 1809, there are two etchings by Brocas in the National Library of Ireland. There may also be an oil painting in private hands but I have not seen this.
Ann Heymann has written an excellent online article about his repertory. Click here to read it.
Sampson's letter and Bunting's comments were reprinted with some extra material by F.J. Biggar in the Ulster Journal of Archaeology, vol XII no. 6, 1906, p102-110
Colm O Baoill, "Some Irish harpers in Scotland", Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness includes identifications of the locations and individuals mentioned by Sampson.
Much of O'Hampsey's repertory is preserved in the Bunting manuscripts at Queens University Belfast. Though a number of the tunes were printed by Bunting these are romantic piano settings that are far from what O'Hampsey played. MS29 is the most important source, being Bunting's pocket note book. poor-quality versions are available online at Queens website.