Early Irish harp discovery events around Ireland

Discovery Days

Would you like to hear, learn more about, and even get your hands on a copy of an ancient Irish harp and be taught a tune?

Join us at one of our HHSI Discovery Days around Ireland, where you can meet us, hear this rare instrument played in concert, have your questions answered at an illustrated talk, and – if you sign up early enough! – take one of up to eight places in a hands-on Beginners’ workshop.

What's involved?

HHSI Discovery Days are suitable for adults and children over the ages of ten. They have three components:

Listen

Hear a prize-winning singer and Ireland’s foremost historical harpist collaborate in a 45-min. lunchtime concert of evocative, 18th-century harp songs and solo harp music.

Learn

Listen to, and ask questions, at a 45-min. illustrated talk on the fascinating history of the old Irish harp, put together by a world expert in the field.

Have a Go

Join a 75-minute, hands-on workshop for absolute-beginners. Harps copied from medieval to 18th-century originals will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Upcoming Events

July 16, 2022, 3:30 pm BST

Harps Alive Festival 2022 — Discovering the Secrets of the Early Irish Harp 

Would you like to learn more about, and even get your hands on a copy of an ancient Irish harp and be taught a tune?

Have your questions answered at the LEARN event, an illustrated talk given by Simon Chadwick, and — if you sign up early enough — take one of up to eight places in our HAVE A GO! hands-on beginners’ workshop tutored by Armagh harpist, Sylvia Crawford. 

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July 16, 2022, 8:00 pm BST

Harps Alive Festival 2022 — Concert

Harpers from all over Ireland gather to recreate the Belfast Harpers Assembly held around this time 230 years ago at the Harp Alive Festival 2022.

This concert incorporates our Discovery Day LISTEN event: hear Siobhán Armstrong (early Irish harp) singer and Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde, singer, in performances of their reconstructions of harpers' songs collected by Edward Bunting.

Also performing: the prizewinning modern Irish harpist, Laoise Kelly, and many other modern Irish harpists of the younger generation. 

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