On Saturday, 20 October, Galway will be filled with the sounds of Ireland’s iconic instrument, the harp. Celebrating National Harp Day, Galway members of the national organisation Cruit Éireann/Harp Ireland have organised three free events in Galway City Museum during the morning, and an informal concert in St Nicholas Collegiate Church in the afternoon.
In addition to the modern Irish harp, early music enthusiasts will also be able to hear the medieval bray harp and the early Irish harp.
At the Galway City Museum on Saturday, see an exhibition of harp making by Galway makers Ériú Harps and Callan Harps (10am), learn about the history of Ireland’s harp from medieval to modern with Paul Dooley (10:30pm-11:30pm), and hear Galway harpers and their students play a variety of harps, from the Early Irish harp strung with brass to the modern Irish harp and pedal harp (11:30pm-1:00pm).
From 3pm-5pm, St Nicholas Collegiate Church will host a concert of professional Galway harpers.
All events are free.