December 16th 2021

Free Online Workshop For National Harp Day

"Hands on Harps!", presented by Dr Karen Loomis

In celebration of Lá na Cruite / Harp Day, 16 October, The Historical Harp Society of Ireland is hosting a live 75-minute Zoom workshop: "Hands on Harps!", presented by Dr Karen Loomis, at 3.00 pm Irish time (GMT +1).

This hands-on early Irish harp workshop will explore where the historical harpers placed their hands on their harps. We’ll start with an exercise with your own harp that will bring you a greater awareness of your performance practice, then look at the evidence on some of the old harps and delve into what that tells us about how these harps were played. We'll practice using that information to inform your own playing style. Afterwards, we'll look at some of the other signs of use players have left behind, and what those can tell us about the life stories of these historical harps. This workshop is suitable for all levels of playing experience.

If you would like to attend, send an email to and you will be sent the Zoom joining link prior to the event.

Note: this event will be recorded.