We are proud to promote instrument makers in Ireland who specialise in early instruments such as lute, flute, harp and symphonium. Come along and see beautiful handmade instruments, talk to the makers, and hear what the instruments sound like.
Instrument Makers Featured
Natalie Surina is based in Oughterard, Co Galway and specialises in reproductions of early Irish harps that have survived, such as the Trinity College harp (once called the Brian Boru harp) and the Downhill Harp (now in the Guinness Storehouse).
She also makes European early harps, such as the bray harp, and restores modern Irish harps.
Natalie also plays the early Irish harp – so do ask her to demonstrate her harps!
Paul Doyle has been making high-quality, hand-crafted musical instruments for over 30 years. Based in Galway City in the West of Ireland, Paul specialises in creating his individual styles of harps, guitars, mandolins, bouzoukis, mandolas (among others) for customers throughout the world. Paul has a particular interest in early guitars and lutes.
Vlad Smishkewych is first and foremost a tenor who specialises in medieval song, chant and new music. He also presents the RTE Lyric FM show Vox Nostra and is the producer of REMAradio.eu, the digital radio station of the European Early Music Network. However, he also takes a great interest in the construction of the medieval symphonium and hurdy-gurdy.