Galway Early Music are pleased to be able host a Historical Harp Society of Ireland Early Irish Harp Discovery Day as part of the festival this year.
Have you always wanted to play the harp? Would you like to know more about the history and traditions of Ireland’s iconic, ancient instrument?
IF SO, THIS EARLY IRISH HARP DISCOVERY DAY IS FOR YOU!
You may never have heard the early Irish harp before, though its image is on every euro coin. This is a rather special harp – Ireland’s ancient instrument – strung with brass wire. Played by Carolan, among others, until the turn of the nineteenth century, it is now being rediscovered and can be heard on this island once more.
LEARN (11:00 am)
The Discovery Day begins with an illustrated talk on the fascinating history of the old Irish harp, given by a world expert in the field, Simon Chadwick. Free Event
LISTEN (12:00 pm)
This is followed by a l recital of solo harp music and harpers’ songs, given by Armstrong herself, Ireland’s foremost performer on the instrument, with the outstanding Irish singer, Róisín Elsafty. €15 / €10 concessions /€6
PLAY (1:00 pm)
And then it’s time to hand out the harps! This workshop is a beginners’ workshop under the gentle guidance of Sylvia Crawford. The HHSI has a unique collection of copies of early Irish harps copied from originals in the National Museum of Ireland. These will be given to the small number of lucky participants who sign up in advance to take part in the hands-on workshop. There are only 8 places in the harp workshop, so book early! €15 / €10 concessions including students