Harpmaker’s Workshop at Shankill Rd Library

As part of Harps Alive/ An Cruit Bheo Festival 2022, Turmennan Harps delivered a Workshop on harpmaking at the Shankill Road Library in Belfast.

Photo Credit: Michael Knan, Harps Alive Festival 2022
Photo Credit: Michael Knan, Harps Alive Festival 2022

Almost all of my pupils and I play harps made by Belfast’s Brian Waugh and his father, Mervyn, who taught him his craft. Brian makes a range of harps, from learner models 26 and 34 to the stunning Eala, who’s shape is inspired by the curve of the swan’s wing.

Photo Credit: Michael Knan, Harps Alive Festival 2022

I was delighted to bring along a talented young pupil of mine, Mollie Flack, to perform a few tunes on our Ealas during the workshop.

Photo Credit: Michael Knan, Harps Alive Festival 2022

One of the most unique and special features of the Harps Alive/An Cruit Bheo event was its use of event spaces right across the city of Belfast, widening access to the tradition of Irish harping and dissolving cultural barriers to the music. I felt hugely privileged to have had the opportunity to play my harp on the once troubled, now rejuvenated Shankill Road.

Photo Credit: Michael Knan, Harps Alive Festival 2022

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