HHSI CONNEMARA TRINITY HARP
Since 2005, the HHSI has had a ground-breaking project of making available affordable student versions of early Irish harps based on the surviving museum instruments. We started with our HHSI Student range, and now, in 2014, we are proud to present the first in a new line of Irish-made instruments, the HHSI Connemara Trinity, made by Ériú Harps.
Ériú Harps is Ireland’s new and very promising harp making company, based in Oughterard, Connemara. All harps in the HHSI Connemara Harp series are handmade from locally sourced native Irish timber, with solid soundboards, hand carved necks and pillars and are made in accordance with the latest research on the extant early Irish harps in Irish and Scottish museums and private collections. Ériú Harps uses only native Irish timber for these instruments, and strives to source all other materials within Ireland.
HHSI Connemara Trinity: features and specification
This reconstruction is made according to the latest research on the Trinity College harp and other early Irish harps kept in Irish and Scottish museums.
The poplar version is super lightweight and forgiving to play; the lime version is lightweight and highly resonant.
The HHSI has some Connemara Trinity harps available for rental; please enquire for waiting times and rates.
The Trinity College harp, preserved in the Long Room of Trinity College Library, Dublin, is often referred to as the 'Brian Boru harp'. Brian Boroihme or Brian Bóruma mac Cennétig (926 or 941 - 23rd April 1014) was High King of Ireland. Many scholars suspect that the harp is not that old, and that the association of the harp with Brian Boru may be a later myth.
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