Harpists all around Ireland celebrated the brainchild of Laoise Kelly – NATIONAL HARP DAY – on Sat 19 October. The HHSI celebrated with an early Irish harp Discovery Day – talk (free admission), concert and workshop – in collaboration with The Seamus Ennis Arts Centre in The Naul, Co. Dublin. Read more HERE.
Early Irish harpist and singer, Eibhlís Ní Ríordáin, performed 17th- and 18th-century Irish harp songs at The Lexicon Library and Cultural Centre in Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, at 6.00 p.m. along with iconic performers on modern Irish harp. More information HERE.
Paul Dooley played early Irish harp twice that day: at Galway City Museum at 3.00 p.m. in concert with leading modern Irish harpists and, at 8.00 p.m. at a concert in Hotel Woodstock, Co. Clare, which featured early and modern Irish harps.
And, finally, McAuley Place Arts & Culture Centre in Naas, Co. Kildare, hosted a 15-min. looped audiovisual taster of Early Irish Harp: the State of the Art, the recent interview series with some leading lights from the early Irish harp world, produced by early Irish harpist and singer, Mícheál Ó Catháin, who also performed.
National Harp Day is coordinated and promoted by Harp Ireland