Early Irish Harp Discovery Days 2018 - Dublin
Have you always wanted to play the harp? Would you like to hear, learn more about and even play the ancient instrument of Ireland and Scotland? If so, now’s your chance!
The Historical Harp Society of Ireland celebrates National Harp Day on Sat. 20 Oct. by presenting a Discovery Day in the Irish Traditional Music Archive, Dublin.
“The early Irish harp is rather different to its nylon-strung, modern counterpart so we’re excited to share the sound of the ancient instrument” says HHSI director, Siobhán Armstrong. “This was the kind of harp played by Carolan and others, long ago, but the magical sound of its brass-wire strings is now being rediscovered once more.” “Though everyone is familiar with the medieval harp image on the Euro coin and a certain brand of beer, the chance to actually see, hear and play the instrument is unfortunately all too rare,” she continued.
LISTEN at 1.00 p.m.
Lunchtime concert of harp music and harpers’ songs, given by Armstrong herself, Ireland’s foremost performer on the instrument, together with the prize-winning Irish singer, Eibhlís Ní Ríordáin.
LEARN at 2.00 p.m. (Free Event)
Illustrated talk on the fascinating history of the old Irish harp, given by a world expert in the field, Simon Chadwick.
PLAY at 3.00 p.m.
Beginners’ 60-minute workshop with the gentle guidance of experienced teacher, Sylvia Crawford. The HHSI has a unique collection of student early Irish harps copied from originals in the National Museum of Ireland. These will be available to the select number of lucky participants who sign up to take part.
Suitable for adults, and children over the age of ten. Workshop places are limited; to avoid any disappointment, please book ahead.
Dublin: €15 / €10 for each event, at the door
Further information: www.irishharp.org/discovery
Questions: [email protected] and +353 (0)83 8609677
HHSI Discovery Days are made possible thanks to funding from An Chomhairle Ealaíon – The Arts Council.
Published on 5 October 2018