September 20th 2023
Try your hand at the early Irish harp at our Discovery Days in Belfast and Dublin
September 4th 2023
Acadamh na gCláirseach–Academy of Early Irish Harp | Autumn courses starting 14 October, 2023
We collaborate with organisations and festivals around Ireland to offer early-Irish-harp
Discovery Days with a concert, talk and hands-on beginners’ workshop.
Online Zoom courses (sessions on six consecutive Saturdays) with expert presenters, on a
diverse range of topics. Levels: post-beginner to professional.
Ireland’s annual international festival for the instrument with concerts, talks, interactive
workshops and players’ sessions, and walk-in Beginners’ Taster events.
We support harp builders by carrying out cutting-edge scientific research on historic Irish
harps. We offer a free, downloadable database of information from our pilot project on an
18th-century Irish harp.
We can help you find an in-person or online tutor in Ireland or elsewhere.Currently we have
networked tutors and players in Ireland, Italy, Great Britain, the USA, Canada, Brazil, and
We inspire, support and mentor the next generation of performers, in Ireland and
internationally, providing them with expert information and resources, and also with
We offer players working with HHSI tutors low-cost access to the first ever rental collection of
early Irish harps, based on medieval to 18th-century originals in museum and private
We aim to connect to as much useful and relevant information as possible, and to provide
our own outline of what historical repertory one can play on an early Irish harp.
Watch 80+ videos of concert performances, talks and workshops filmed at our events over
the years, made available as a free public resource.
500+ items in the first members’ library of copies of 17th- to 21st-century MS and printed
materials, sound recordings and ephemera related to early Irish harp, Gaelic history and
culture, and parallel European source material.
We are assembling a collection of antique and replica harps. If you are planning to donate
an 18th-, 19th- or early 20th-century harp, please consider us as a possible recipient.
Our work is raising national, and international, standards for performance, tuition, and harp
making, and is also leading to increased research outputs in the field, within academia.
Please join us in our work to rediscover Ireland’s iconic, ancient harp. We are grateful for
one-off donations of any amount, and warmly welcome new associate members.
The HHSI is the only organisation dedicated to the early Irish harp... [and] has an exemplary track record in
delivering high quality events...It continues to excel as an organisation by delivering a specific and unique
element of the traditional arts to the arts community and the wider public. [The Arts Council of Ireland, 2019]
Keep up to date with our activities, concerts, summer festival and all things early-Irish-harp.