Historical Harp Society of Ireland


The Society has a small but growing collection of books relating to the early Irish harp. There is a Special Collection of rare, old and fragile items and a Lending Collection of items that may be borrowed by members of the Society.

Breac MoedogThe Society welcomes donations of books, or of funds to make purchases for the library. We are particularly keen to acquire copies of newly-published books and articles about the early Irish harp, and also first edition copies of the key source texts such as Bunting and Armstrong. All such donations will be acknowledged with an inscription or bookplate inside the books donated or purchased, and significant donors will be made honorary life members of the Society.


Books in the Special Collection may be consulted by members of the Society at the HHSI library in Kilkenny by prior arrangement, or in August at Scoil na gCláirseach in Kilkenny.

Bunting, Edward, A General Collection of the Ancient Music of Ireland, Clementi & Compy, London, 1809

[Bunting, Edward], ed. O'Sullivan, Donal, The Bunting Collection of Irish Folk Music and Songs Part III, 1930
Being Vol XXV (December 1928) of the Journal of the Irish Folk Song Society, London. Part 3 of 6, of an edition from Bunting's manuscripts, of the tunes in the 1798 and 1809 prints.

Fox, Charlotte Milligan, Annals of the Irish Harpers. John Murray, London, 1917 (reprint of 1911 London edition)

Lewis, Henry, Musica: British Museum Additional Manuscript 14905 Cardiff, 1936
Facsimile of the Robert ap Huw manuscript of early Welsh harp music.

O'Curry, Eugene, On The Manners And Customs Of The Ancient Irish, 3 vols, Williams and Norgate, 1873

Owenson, Miss, [Lady Morgan], The Wild Irish Girl; A National Tale. New York: D&G Bruce, 1807 
First published in 1806, this is the 4th American edition. The book includes footnotes quoting letter from 'Mr. O'Neill'  the harper describing his harp, and from Rev. Samson giving Denis O'Hampsey's life.

Rimmer, Joan, The Irish Harp. Mercier Press, Cork, 1969. 
signed first edition

Robson, Tristram, The Irish Harp in Art Music c.1550-1650. Ph.D. thesis, University of Durham, 1997, 2 volumes.
Includes a complete edition of William Lawes' Harp Consorts and related repertory, and discussion of building a chromatic Irish harp to perform them on. Donated and signed by the author.


Tristram Robson donated his collection of early Irish harp related books to the HHSI in 2011. Cataloguing is currently under way. Highlights of the Collection include the New Grove Dictionary of Music, back issues of Early Music, the exhibition catalogue Christian V and Europe, and the Thames & Hudson facsimile of the Book of Kells.


Books in the Lending Collection may be borrowed for up to one month (renewable) at a time by members of the Society. Books must be collected and returned from Society Officers or HHSI teachers, usually in Dublin, Galway or Kilkenny. All books must be returned before the Summer School in August.

Apel, Willi, The Notation of Polyphonic Music

Arbuthnot, Sharon, (ed), Cóir Anmann: A Late Middle Irish Treatise on Personal Names Part 2 Irish Texts Society vol. LX

Armstrong, Robert Bruce, The Irish and the Highland Harps, facsimile reprint, Praeger, New York, 1969.

Beech, John; Hand, Owen; MacDonald, Fiona; Mulhern, Mark A; & Weston, Jeremy (eds) Scottish Life and Society, A Compendium of Scottish Ethnology, Volume 10: Oral Literature and Performance Culture published by John Donald in association with the European Ethnological Research Centre and National Museums Scotland, 2007

Bergin, Osborn Irish Bardic Poetry. Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies 2003

Billinge, Michael, and Shaljean, Bonnie, The Dalway or Fitzgerald Harp (1621), offprint from 'Early Music' May 1987
Donated and signed by both authors

Bhreathnach, Edel, & Cunningham, Bernadette (eds), Writing Irish History: The Four Masters and their World Trinity College Dublin 2007.

Bowie, John Collection of Strathspey Reels and Country Dances1789, CDR facsimile, Taigh na Teud 2005.

Bunting, Edward A General Collection of The Ancient Irish Music London, Dublin 1796; A General Collection of The Ancient Music of Ireland London 1809; The Ancient Music of Ireland Dublin 1840. Facsimile Reprint, Waltons 2002.

[Bunting, Edward] ed. O'Sullivan, Donal with Ó Súilleabháin, Mícheál Bunting's Ancient Music of Ireland edited from the original manuscripts Cork University Press, 1983
an edition from Bunting's manuscripts, of the tunes in the 1840 print, being a continuation & completion of Donal O'Sullivan's six parts published in the Journal of the Irish Folk Song Society 1927-1939.

[Bunting, Edward] Moloney, Colette The Irish Music Manuscripts of Edward Bunting (1773-1843): An Introduction and Catalogue Irish Traditional Music Archive, 2000

Roderick Cannon (ed) Joseph MacDonald's Compleat Theory of the Scots Highland Bagpipe (c.1760) Piobaireachd Society 1994

Cannon, Roderick, and Sanger, Keith, Donald MacDonald's Collection of Piobaireachd Volume 1 (1820). The Piobaireachd Society, 2006.
Donated by Keith Sanger

Carney, James (ed), The Thomas Davis Lectures: Early Irish Poetry. The Mercier Press, Cork 1965

[Carolan, Turlough] Ó Máille, Tomás Amhráin Cearballáin: The Poems of Carolan Together with Other N. Connacht and S. Ulster Lyrics, Volume XVII, Irish Texts Society, London 1916, 1988

[Carolan, Turlough] O'Sullivan, Donal, Carolan: The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper. Celtic Music, 1983. Two volumes, reprint of the 1958 edition

[Carolan, Turlough] O'Sullivan, Donal, Carolan: The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper. Ossian, 2001
Reprint including an appendix by Bonnie Shaljean with extra tunes, some from the otherwise unpublished Maclean-Clephane manuscript. Donated and signed by Bonnie Shaljean.

[Carolan, Turlough] Complete Works of O'Carolan, Ossian Publishing, 1984
This is a reprint of the tune settings by Donal O'Sullivan but without his commentary, and with an introduction by Gráinne Yeats.

Cathcart, Cynthia, From My Music Stand, Highland Circle Publishing 2001

Cathcart, Cynthia, Pathway, a Primer for the Wire Strung Harp, Highland Circle Publishing 2003

Cathcart, Cynthia, Traditional Beginnings for Celtic Harp, Highland Circle Publishing 2001

Cambrensis, Giraldus (Gerald of Wales), Topographia Hibernia: The History and Topography of Ireland. Penguin Classics 1982.

Cannon, Roderick (ed), Patrick MacDonald's Compleat Theory of the Scots Highland Bagpipe (c.1760). The Piobaireach Society 1994, reprinted 2010
Facsimile and edited transcription with commentary of this important source for early Gaelic music.

Chadwick, Simon, The Early Irish Harp, offprint from Early Music XXXVI no. 4, November 2008
Donated and signed by the author

Chadwick, Simon, Progressive Lessons for Early Gaelic Harp, Early Gaelic Harp Info 2009.
With audio CD. Donated and signed by the author

Chadwick, Simon, Gestures, Early Gaelic Harp Info 2011.
Donated and signed by the author

Chappell, William, The Ballad Literature and Popular Music of Olden Time, introduction by Frederick W. Sternfield. 2 vols, Dover reprints, 1965.

Cheape, Hugh, Bagpipes: A National Collection of a National Instrument, National Museums Scotland, 2008
includes CD-Rom

Cook, Ron, The Early Medieval Harp: A Practical Guide, Dlanor Publications 2013

Cox, Klein & Taylor (eds), The Life and Music of Brian Boydell, Irish Academic Press 2004

Cripps, Wayne; Graham, George Farquhar (eds) The Straloch Manuscript Lyre Publications, Fort Worth, USA. ND.
Modern edition in lute tablature

Cronin, Mike Irish History for DummiesJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2006

Cunliffe, Barry, The Celts: A Very Short Introduction, OUP, 2003

Dauney, William Ancient Scottish Melodies: From a Manuscript of th...
print-on-demand reprint

Dobronic-Mazzoni, Rajka, Harfa, Zagreb 1989

Donaldson, William The Highland Pipe and Scottish Society 1750-1950 Tuckwell pbk

[Donnelly, Seán] Ulster Folklife, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (MAGNI) 2000 (includes 'An Eighteenth Century Minister and Piper' by Seán Donnelly)

Dow, Daniel, Collection of Ancient Scots Music. Edinburgh 1776, bound photocopy facsimile, published by the Scottish Music Centre.

Durando, Furio Greece: Splendours of an Ancient CivilisationThames and Hudson 2005
Includes pictures of the cyclades harper statuettes

Dillon, Myles (Ed) Irish Life and Culture Vol. VIII Early Irish Society, Colm O Lochlainn 1954
The first six inaugural lectures in the annual Thomas Davis lecture series on Irish culture, first broadcast Sept-Nov 1953.

Dooley, Paul Reconstructing the medieval Irish harp, offprint from Galpin Society Journal LXVII, 2014
Donated by the Author

Emerson, Lucius J. The March of O'Sullivan Beare Privately printed, [2001]
A recounting of the march of one of the last Gaelic chieftains from southern to northern Ireland Dec 1602-Jan 1603 and his subsequent exile to Spain.

Fletcher, Alan, Drama and the Performing Arts in Pre-Cromwellian Ireland: Sources and Documents from the Earliest Times until c.1642. D.S. Brewer, Cambridge, 2001

Flower, Robin, The Irish Tradition Oxford University Press 1948
Contains, among others, a course of lectures on medieval Irish literature given by the author at TCD in 1938.

Fontana, Eszter; Heller, Viet; & Lieberwirth, Steffen, Wenn Engel Musizieren: Musikinstrumente von 1594 im Freiberger Dom. Verlag Janos Stekovics, 2008
In German, with English summary. "When Angels Make Music: Musical Instruments from 1594 in Freiberg Cathedral". 2nd edition.

Fox, Charlotte Milligan, Annals of the Irish Harpers. Dutton, New York, 1912 (reprint of 1911 London edition)
Missing one plate and spine, available for borrowing. A complete copy is in the Special Collection

Fraser, Angus, The Angus Fraser Collection of Scottish Gaelic Airs. Taigh na Teud, Scotland, 1996 

Fraser, Simon, The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland And The Isles. Facsimile reprint of 1874 edition published by Scott's Highland Services, Ontario, 2002

Galilei, Vincentio, Dialogo Della Musica Antica e Della Moderna
Translated by Claude Palisca, Yale University Press, 2003

Gaul, Liam, Masters of Irish Music Nonsuch Publishing

Goodway, Martha & Jay Scott Odell, The Metallurgy of 17- and 18th-Century Music Wire, Pendragon Press, New York, 1987

Gowans, Linda, Am Bròn Binn: An Arthurian Ballad in Scottish Gaelic published by the author, 1992

Grijp, Louis, and Mook, Willem Proceedings of the International Lute symposium Utrecht 1986 STIMU, Utrecht, 1988

Gunn, John, An Historical Enquiry respecting the Performance on the Harp in the Highlands of Scotland, ScotDisc CD-ROM, 2005
PDF facsimile of the first edition published by Archibald Constable, Edinburgh, and John Murray, London, 1807

Harbison, Peter, The Golden Age of Irish Art: The Medieval Achievement 600—1200. Thames and Hudson Ltd, London 1999

Harper, Sally Music in Welsh Culture Before 1650: A Study of the Principal Sources. Ashgate, Aldershot, 2007

Hast, Dorothea E., & Scott, Stanley, Music in Ireland, OUP USA 2004
includes audio CD

Hayward, Richard, Story of the Irish Harp, 1954

Heymann, Ann, Coupled Hands for Harpers, Clairseach Music 2001

Heymann, Ann. A Gaelic Harper's First Tunes, Clairseach Music 1998

Heymann, Ann, Legacy of the 1792 Belfast Harp Festival, Clairseach Publications 1992

Hunter, Jim, The Broighter Gold Hoard, Undated. University of Ulster
Donated and signed by the author

Hunter, Jim, O'Hampsey: The Last of the Bards , 1998 Centre for Irish Literature and Bibliography, University of Ulster at Coleraine
Donated and signed by the author

Hunter, Jim, The Blind Fiddler from Myroe, 1998 rep. 2000 Centre for Irish Literature and Bibliography, University of Ulster at Coleraine
Donated and signed by the author

Hunter, Jim, Rory Dall O'Cahan: Chieftain and Harper, 1999 Centre for Irish Literature and Bibliography, University of Ulster at Coleraine
Donated and signed by the author

Hunter, Jim, The Ancient Road Through Magilligan, 2001 Cranagh Press. Centre for Irish Literature and Bibliography, University of Ulster at Coleraine
Donated and signed by the author

Hurrell, Nancy A Drogheda Harp in History Ireland Jan/Feb 2013
Donated by Seán Donnelly

[Irish Musical Studies] Gillen, Gerard, & White, Harry, (Eds) Irish Musical Studies Vol 2 Music and the Church, Irish Academic Press 1993

[Irish Musical Studies] Boydell, Barra, & Houston, Kerry, Irish Musical Studies Vol 10: Music, Ireland and the Seventeenth Century, Four Courts Press 2009

James, Simon, The Atlantic Celts: Ancient People or Modern Invention? British Museum Press, 1999
Donated by Keith Sanger

Johnson, Roy, Bunting's Messiah, Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society in association with the Ulster Historical Foundation 2003
Donated and signed by the author

Keenan, Brian, Turlough, a Novel, Random House, London 2000

Knott, Eleanor, An Introduction to Irish Syllabic Poetry of the Period 1200-1600. Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies 2005

Lalor, Brian, The Irish Round Tower: Origins and Architecture Explored, Collins Press 1995

Lambe, Miriam
A Tipperary Landed Estate: Castle Otway 1750-1853 Maynooth Studies in Local History No. 17,
Irish Academic Press 1998
An examination of the great estate which housed one the surviving early Irish harps.

[Lawes, William] Murray Lefkowitz (ed), William Lawes: Select Consort Music Musica Britannica XXI, 1963

Lawes, William The Harp Consorts PRB, 2007

Lawlor, Helen Irish harping, 1900-2010 Four Courts 2012

Lawrence-King, Andrew, Der Harpffenschlaeger: an Introduction to "Authentic" technique for Early Harps, Kings Music, Huntingdon, 1988

Loomis, Karen The Queen Mary and Lamont harps: A Study of Structural Breaks and Repairs MMus thesis, University of Edinburgh, August 2010 (unpublished)

Loomis, Karen et al, The Lamont and Queen Mary Harps offprint from Galpin Society Journal LXV, March 2012

Loughnane, Kathleen, The Harpers Connellon: Irish Music of the Late 17th Century

Lyons, Mary Ann, & O'Connor, Thomas, Strangers to Citizens: The Irish in Europe 1600 - 1800, NLI, 2008

Marsden, John, Galloglas: Hebridean and West Highland Mercenary Warrior Kindreds in Medieval Ireland, Tuckwell Press 2003

di Martino, Vittorio, Roman Ireland, The Collins Press 2003
2006 reprint

McCone, Kim, & Simms, Katharine, Progress in Medieval Irish Studies, Maynooth 1996
Donated by Keith Sanger

Maccurtain, Margaret, Tudor and Stuart Ireland: The Gill History of Ireland vol 7, Gill and Macmillan [1972]

MacDonald, Patrick Collection of Highland Vocal Airs, 1784, new edition , Taigh na Teud 2000

MacDonnell, Randal, The Lost Houses of Ireland: A Chronicle of Great Houses and the Families Who Lived There, Weidenfeld and Nicolson LTD, London 2002

MacFarlane, Ronn, The Scottish Lute vol. 2, The Highland King Mel Bay Publications, USA, 2003

MacNeill, Seumas, Piobaireachd, BBC 1968

McNeilly, Norman, The Music Makers: Music Education in Belfast 1750-1950
Signed by the author

Magee, John, The Heritage of the Harp: The Linen Hall Library and the Preservation of Irish Music, Linen Hall Library, Belfast, 1992

Maher, Tom, The harp's a wonder, Uisneach Press 1991

Manning, Gosling and Waddell, Ed., New Survey of Clare Island, Vol. 4, The Abbey, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin 2005 

Mhac an tSaoi, Máire, Cérbh i Meg Russell?, Leabhar Breac, 2008
An acount of the Irish poet Pierce Ferriter, in England in 1628-9

Moss, Rachel (Ed) Making and Meaning in Insular Art
Proceedings of the fifth international conference on Insular art held at Trinity College Dublin, 25-28 August 2005 TRIARC Research Studies in Irish Art Vol 1. Four Courts Press
This collection of papers explores the artistic achievements of early medieval Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England and their continued resonance down to the late medieval period.

[New History of Ireland] Ó Cróinín, Dáibhí, A New History of Ireland, Vol I: Prehistoric and Early Ireland , Oxford University Press, 2005
Includes an important chapter 'Music in Prehistoric and Medieval Ireland' by Ann Buckley

[New History of Ireland] Cosgrove, Art, A New History of Ireland, Vol II: Medieval Ireland 1169-1534, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1993

Ní Uallacháin, Pádraigín A Hidden Ulster - People, songs and traditions of Oriel. Four Courts Press 2003

Ó Baoill, Colm, ‘Some Irish Harpers in Scotland’, included in Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness, vol XLVII, 1971-2

Ó Baoill, Colm, Gair nan Clàrsach, Birlinn 1994

O Boyle, Seán,  Ogam: The Poet's Secret. Gilbert Dalton, Dublin, 1980
Kindly donated by Maura Uí Chróinín, 2009

O'Brien, Jacqueline and Guinness, Desmond, Great Irish Houses and Castles, Weidenfeld and Nicolson LTD, London 1992

Ó Brógáin, Séamus, The Wolfhound Guide to the Irish Harp Emblem, Wolfhound Press, Dublin, 1998

Ó Canainn, Tomás, Traditional Music in Ireland

O'Connor, Thomas & Lyons, Mary Ann Editors, Irish Migrants in Europe after Kinsale 1602-1820. Four Courts Press 2003

O'Curry, Eugene, On the Manners and Customs of the Ancient Irish (volume 3 only), Kessinger reprint c. 2007

Ó Madagáin, Breandán Caointe agus Seancheolta Eile: Keening and other Old Irish Musics. Cló Iar-Chonnachta 2005

Ó Néill, Eoghan, The Golden Vale of Ivowen: Land and people of the valley of the Suir, County Tipperary 2001

O'Rahilly, Cecile, Ed., Táin Bó Cúalnge from the Book of Leinster, Volume XLIX, Irish Texts Society by special arrangement with the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies 1969

O Riordan, Michelle, Irish Bardic Poetry and Rhetorical Reality, Cork University Press, 2007
Donated by Keith Sanger

Ó Siochrú, Micheál, God's Executioner: Oliver Cromwell and the Conquest of Ireland Faber & Faber 2008
Donated by Keith Sanger

O'Sullivan Beare, Philip The Natural History of Ireland Cork University Press, 2009
Translated and edited by Denis C. O'Sullivan

Oswald, James The Caledonian Pocket Companion Volume One (Books 1 - 6). CDR facsimile and edition by John and Barbara Purser and Nick Parkes, 2006

Oswald, James The Caledonian Pocket Companion Volume Two (Books 7 - 12). CDR facsimile and edition by John and Barbara Purser and Nick Parkes, 2007

Parker, Mike, Child of Pure Harmony: A Source Book for the Single-action harp, lulu.com 2005
also a companion video CD

Parrish, Carl, The Notation of Medieval Music, Norton and Company

Parry, John, Four Lessons for Harp or Harpsichord, Adlais 2009
Includes facsimile of the original 18th century printed edition

Parry, John, The John Parry Collection Volume 1, Adlais 2010

Parry, John, The John Parry Collection Volume 2, Adlais 2010

Pasetti, Anna, Non arguta sonant tenui psalteria chorda. L’arpa dall’antichità preclassica all’alto medioevo, Ut Orpheus

[Petrie, George] Cooper, David (ed) The Petrie Collection of the Ancient Music of Ireland. Cork University Press 2002
This is a modern edition of George Petrie's 1855 published book, with just under 200 tunes, each with extensive text describing the tune.

Petrie, George, edited by Stanford, Charles Villers The Complete Petrie Collection of Ancient Irish Music. Llanerch Press, facsimile reprint of the 1902-5 edition.
This is an edition of all the tunes - about 1,600 - in George Petrie's manuscripts, including duplicates and variants, with no texts or descriptions.

Porter, James (ed) Defining Strains: The Musical Life of Scots in the Seventeenth CenturyStudies in the History and Culture of Scotland 2, Peter Lang, Berne, 2007

Powell, Elinor D.U., The High Crosses of Ireland: Inspirations in Stone

Praetorius, Michael Syntagma Musicum (v.2, Pts.1-2) English Translation

Purser, John, Scotland's Music, Mainstream, London, 2nd edition, 2007.

Rensch, Rosalyn, The Harp, its History, Technique and Repertoire. Duckworth 1969

Rimmer, Joan The Irish Harp. Mercier Press, Cork, 1969.

[Rory Dall]  Matheson, William, The Blind Harper - the songs of Roderick Morison and his music, Scottish Gaelic Texts Society, 1970

Ruhnke, Martin (ed), Festschrift Bruno Stäblein zum Siebzigsten Geburtstag. Bärenreiter 1967
includes Frank Harrison's article 'Polyphony in Medieval Ireland' about the Smarmore slates

Sabol, Andrew 400 songs and dances from the Stuart Masque 1982

Sanger, Keith & Kinnaird, Alison Crann nan Teud - Tree of Strings. A history of the Harp in Scotland. Kinmor 1992. 

van Schaik, Martin, The Harp in the Middle Ages - The Symbolism of a Musical Instrument, Rodopi, Amsterdam & New York, revised edition 2005

van Schaik, Martin, (ed), Aspects of the Historical Harp: Proceedings of the International Historical Harp Symposium Utrecht 1992, STIMU Foundation for Historical Performance Practice, Utrecht, 1994

Segerman, Ephraim, The Development  of Western European Stringed Instruments, lulu.com for Northern Renaisance Instruments, Manchester, 2006.

Shields, Hugh, (ed), Scéalamhráin Cheilteacha / Narrative songs in the Celtic Languages, An Clóchomhar Tta, Baile Átha Cliath [Dublin], 1985
Book and cassette tape

[Sileas] Ó Baoill, Colm, Bàrdachd Shìlis na Ceapaich / Poems and Songs by Sileas MacDonald c.1660 - c.1729, Scottish Gaelic Texts Society 1972

Spring, Matthew (ed), The Balcarres Lute Book The Music of Scotland / Ceòl na h-Alba, volume 2, The Universities of Glasgow and Aberdeen, 2010
Facsimile and transcription of this important late 17th century source.

Stevens, George, The Irish Harp, Its History, Players and Technique, Dissertation, London College of Furniture, May 1994

Toivanen, Pekka, The Pencerdd's Toolkit: Cognitive and Musical Heirarchies in Medieval Welsh Harp Music, Jyväskylä Studies in the Arts 78, University of Jyväskylä, 2001
Includes audio CD

Toner, Gregory (ed), Bruiden da Choca: The Hostel of Da Coca, Irish Texts Society vol. LXI

Tremain, Rose, Music & Silence, Chatto & Windus, London 1999

Tynan, Pat, Kilkenny: History & Guide, Nonsuch 2006

Uttley, Alison, A Traveller in Time, Illustrated by Phyllis Bray, Faber and Faber LTD, London 1939

Vaughan, W.E. The Old Library, Trinity College Dublin, 1712-2012 TCD 2012

Vallely, Fintan (ed), The Companion to Irish Traditional Music, Cork University Press, 1999

Walsh, T.J. Opera in Dublin 1705-1797: The Social Scene Allen Figgis & Co. Ltd., Dublin 1973

ed. White, Harry & Boydell, Barra Encyclopedia of Music in Ireland 2 vols, University College Dublin Press 2013

Yeats, Gráinne The Harp of Ireland Belfast Harpers' Bicentenary Ltd, 1992
Two copies

Angels, Nobles and Unicorns National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1982
Exhibition catalogue for a special exhibition of medieval Scottish art, including the two harps but also with many other west Highland objects illustrated and described.

Copies of Historic Musical Instruments CIMCIM Publications No. 3, 1994 (text available online)

Foclóir Stairiúil Áitainmneacha na Gaeilge - Historical Dictionary of Gaelic Placenames, published by the Irish Texts Society.
Fascicule 1 (names in A-), 2003, & Fascicule 2 (names in B-), 2006.


An Piobaire Vol 4 No. 16, July 2002
includes a photo of Jimmy O'Brien-Moran with an antique replica Trinity College harp

Bulletin of the Historical Harp Society, vol 18 no. 3, July 2008, to date

Ceol na hÉireann No. 1 1993, published by Na Píobairí Uilleann
contains ‘An Eighteenth Century Harp Medley’ by Seán Donnelly, donated by the author

Early Music
April 1977, Vol 5 No.2 
October 1979, Vol 7 No.4 Michael Morrow's article on Renaissance harp traditions.
January 1980, Vol 8 No. 1 Robert Hadaway's article 'The Recreation of an Italian renaissance harp'.
October 1980, Vol 8 No.4 letters on Arpa Doppia and bray pins.
May 1987, "Plucked Strings" issue includes articles by Christine Bordas (Spanish double harps), Joan Rimmer (Carolan's music), Mike Billinge and Bonnie Shaljean (the Cloyne harp), and Peter Holman (William Lawes and Cormack MacDermott).
November 1987, Vol XV No.4 includes a letter from Layton Ring on William Lawes.
May 2000, "Early Music of Ireland" issue
2007 to date

Early Music Review, no.125, June 2008, to date

Éire-Ireland XXVI no.3, Fall 1991
Contains Ann & Charlie Heymann's article 'Cláirseach: The Lore of the Irish Harp'

Galpin Society Journal
vol. XVII, February 1964.
Contains Joan Rimmer's article 'The Morphology of the Irish Harp'
volume 50, 1997
includes articles by Bob Evans, 'A copy of the Downhill harp', and Joan Rimmer, 'Harp function in Irish eulogy and complaint - two late examples', as well as a note on female figures on depictions of Irish harps in heraldry.

Journal of Music in Ireland, Vol. 6 No. 4, July and August 2006, also 2007 to date.

Scottish Studies
Vol 30, no. 3
Contains John Bannerman's article 'The Clàrsach and the Clàrsair'

UCC News, June 2007
article by Mícheal Ó Geállabháin

Wire Strings Vol 1 Issue 1 (June 2006) to date
Quarterly newsletter issued by the Wire Branch of the Scottish Clarsach Society, edited by Karen Marshalsay. 


The HHSI Library is assembling a collection of drawings of historical harps from around the world. These may be consulted at the HHSI library in Kilkenny by prior arrangement, or in August at Scoil na gCláirseach in Kilkenny.

David Kortier, Student Harp Templates:
The Queen Mary Harp, Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
The Trinity College Harp, Trinity College Library, Dublin
The Downhill Harp, Guinness Brewery Company, Dublin
The Castle Otway Harp, Trinity College Library, Dublin
The Lamont Harp, Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston:
anonymous German harp c. 1700 (17.1785)
Drawn by Stephen Korbet and measured by John Koster

Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg:
Gothic harp 1st half of 16th century (MI 59)
Drawn by Annette Stein, 1986

Museum für Musikinstrumente der Universität Leipzig
Gotische Harfe (gothic harp), Ende 15., Anf. 16. Jh., (late 15th or 16th century), Inv.-Nr. 3102
Drawn by Ute Singer, 2009

Simon Chadwick
Decorative Scheme of the Trinity College Harp forepillar, 2013


Banríon an Cheoil, Lugh Films DVD, 2010
Following the making of a replica Downhill harp by Michael Billinge and its playing by Nollaig Brolly

Harp Making: The Forgotten Sound, Hands DVD
Featuring harpmaker Peter Kilroy


Armstrong, Siobhán Cláirseach na hÉireann - The Harp of Ireland Maya MCD0401, 2004 CD

Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and Chorus, Johann Georg Conradi: Ariadne CPO 777 073-2 CD
with Maxine Eilander, baroque German harp

Virginia Blankenhorn Ómos don Amhrán CD

Bragod Kaingk self-published, 2004  double CD

Cathcart, Cynthia Alchemy of a Rose Highland Circle HCM51886, 2002 CD

Chadwick, Simon Clàrsach na Bànrighe earlygaelicharp.info EGH1 2008 CD

Chadwick, Simon Old Gaelic Laments earlygaelicharp.info EGH2 2012 CD

Chadwick, Simon Tarbh earlygaelicharp.info EGH3 2013 CD

Dooley, Paul Rip the Calico PDCD001 1996 CD

Dooley, Paul Music from the Robert ap Huw Manuscript PDCD002, 2004 CD

Eastwell, Martin Lady Maggie's Lilt
Lute tunes from the 17th century Scottish Wemyss Ms

Eilander, Maxine, Lawes Consorts, ATMA CD

Ex Cathedra (Jeffrey Skidmore) New World Symphonies - Baroque Music from South America Hyperion CDA67380, 2003 CD
With Siobhán Armstrong, baroque Spanish harp

Fitkin Wall, Still Warm, GFCD 060706, 2007 CD
Includes one track played on a HHSI Student Trinity harp by Ruth Wall

Gabrieli Consort and Players (Paul McCreesh) Music for the Duke of Lerma Deutsche Grammophon 471 694-2, 2002 double CD
With Siobhán Armstrong, baroque Spanish harp

Galassi, Mara. Il Viaggio di Lucrezia Glossa GCD921301 CD

Galassi, Mara. Microcosm Concerto Glossa GCD921303 CD

Gothic Voices (Christopher Page) A Song for Francesca - Music in Italy 1330-1430 Hyperion CDA66286 CD

[Heymann, Ann] Clairseach, Let Erin Remember Clairseach 8979 (1979) LP

[Heymann, Ann] Clairseach, Ann's Harp Clairseach Records 2381 (1981) LP

Heymann, Ann & Kinnaird, Alison The Harper's Land Temple Records 1983 CD reissue

Heymann, Ann Queen of Harps Temple Records COMD2057, 1994 CD

Heymann, Ann Cruit go nÓr Clairseach Records CMCD 0706 2006 CD

Kinnaird, Alison The Harp Key Temple Records CD

Kinnaird, Alison The Silver String Temple Records CD2096, 2004 CD+DVD

Lawrence-King, Andrew The Harp of Ludovico Hyperion CDA66518 CD

Lawrence-King, Andrew La Harpe Royale Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 05472 77371 2 CD

[Lawrence-King, Andrew], The Harp Consort Spanish Dances Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 05472-77340-2 CD

[Lawrence-King, Andrew], The Harp Consort Exquisite Consorts Berlin Classics 0011552BC (1995) CD

[Lawrence-King, Andrew], Anonymous 4, Wolcum Yule, Harmonia Mundi HMU 907325 CD

[Lawrence-King, Andrew], Garden of Early Delights, Linn 2008 CKD 291
Pamela Thorby (Recorder) with Andrew Lawrence-King (Arpa doppia; arpa de dos ordenes; psaltery)

Lynaugh, Jacqueline, Tales from the Ends of the Earth and Beyant CD

MacDonald, Allan, Dastirum, Siubhal 2, 2007  CD
includes one track on early Irish harp by Javier Sáinz

MacKillop, Rob, Flowers of the Forest Greentrax CDTRAX 155 CD

Matheson, William Gaelic Bards and Minstrels Scottish Tradition 16, Greentrax CDTRAX 9016D, 1993 double CD
Unaccompanied Scottish Gaelic seann-nos singing

Mayor, Violaine Danse avec les Fées Hent Telenn Breizh, 1996 CD

Mayor, Violaine Strujenn Haleg Vocation VOC039, 2001 CD

Mayor, Violaine & Le Lay, Jakeza Bretaigne est Poésie Vocation Records VOC044, 2002 CD

Musica Freybergensis (Roland Wilson), Wenn Engel Musizieren, Raum Klang RK 2404/5 CD
With Johanna Seitz, harp

Rideout, Bonnie Scotland's Fiddle Piobaireachd vol 1, Tullough Music TM504, 2010 CD

Les Sacqueboutiers The Cries of London Ambroisie AMB 9965, 2004 CD

Scottish Tradition 2, Music from the Western isles Greentrax CDTRAX 9002 CD
Also an A5 stapled booklet of the same title with track listings etc.

Sinfonye (Stevie Wishart) Bella Domna Hyperion CDA66283 CD

Stuttard, Leah The Wool Merchant and the Harp. CD, 2012

[Taylor, William], The Rowallan Consort, Notes of Noy, Notes of Joy Temple Records COMD2058, 1994 CD

Taylor, William Two Worlds of the Welsh Harp Dorian DOR-90260 CD 1999  CD

Yeats, Grainne The Belfast Harp Festival double CD

Ceòl na Pìoba - Pìob Mhòr A Concert of Piobaireachd from the 1999 Edinburgh International Festival. Greentrax CDTRAX5009, 2000 CD
Includes two performances by Barnaby Brown using a replica 18th century set of pipes

Scotland's Music: Selected Works from the History of Scotland's Music Linn CKD008, 1992 double CD


For more information or to make a donation please contact

The Librarian
Historical Harp Society of Ireland
33 Altamount Park
Co. Kilkenny
Tel: +353 (0)87 6332891
E: library@irishharp.org

Last updated Jun 2014