Historical Harp Society of Ireland

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Scoil na gCláirseach—Festival of Early Irish Harp 2018

We are now taking bookings! 

Dates: 15–21 August 2018
Venue: Coláiste Pobail Osraí in the medieval city of Kilkenny, Ireland.    

of €25 on the week rate if you book by 15 May 2018

and / or

of €25 on the week rate if you sign up with a friend who is new to the festival.

HHSI Associate Members receive a €30 discount on Player's fees 
paid in their year of membership. Join now at www.irishharp.org

Allan Macdonald (Scottish piper and singer), Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin (singer), Eibhlís Ní Ríordáin (singer), Paul Dooley (harpist) & Karen Loomis (lecturer) and also familiar faces: Siobhán Armstrong, Scoil director, Simon Chadwick, Scoil assistant director, Ann Heymann, Sylvia Crawford & James Ruff.

Our juicy, bursting-to-capacity programme includes the following


Ceòl Mór: The Big Music of Harp and Pipes [S. Chadwick, A. Heymann & A. Macdonald]

The Dawn of Day: Songs of the Harpers [S. Armstrong, E. Ní Ríordáin & Mícheál Ó Catháin]

Highlands and Lowlands: Sounds of Scotland [A. Macdonald & J. Ruff]

A Hidden Ulster: The Music of Oriel [P. Ní Uallacháin, S. Crawford & Darren Mhag Aoidh]


Passing on the tradition: learning old Irish harp repertory, style, and technique

Radiocarbon dating the Queen Mary harp (K. Loomis; virtual presentation live from Princeton, USA)

Exploring tuning strategies (P. Dooley)

A’ ghlas mheur [< the finger lock]: Adapting Piobaireachd to Cláirseach (A. Heymann)

Music, Ireland and the sixteenth century (S. Armstrong)

Emotion and Passion in Ceòl Mór: dealing with rhythm and tension in phrasing (A. Macdonald)

Lyons, O’Kane & O’Hampsey: The transmission of Eibhlín a Rún variation sets in the eighteenth century (S. Armstrong)


Intensive morning harp tuition 


Afternoon harp masterclasses

As ever, we also offer our unique, measured

* HHSI Student and HHSI Connemara harps for you to rent and play

* delicious, hot, vegetarian lunches cooked for us each day by our cook, Pat Glavin and

* a field trip to museum collections in Dublin to see surviving harps

Players: Join us for the complete festival programme, from 8.45 a.m. to 6.45 p.m. each day.
Auditors: Join us for part – or all – of any day to listen in on Players' sessions, workshops, lectures, masterclasses and concerts.
Field trippers: Join us for a day in Dublin, inspecting historic harps close-up, guided by world experts, on Tues. 21 August.

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What's it all about? Informational video HERE
See the 2017 festival timetable HERE 

Booking information HERE                  

Contact us by email or phone: 

info@irishharp.org              +353 (0)86 8623430


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