My Harp Journey

Learning to play the harp was, for a long time, an unfulfilled dream for me. Growing up in Northern Ireland and coming from a Protestant background, I didn’t have the opportunity to learn Irish harp. The harp held a mythical quality for me. I was a reader and was aware of its special properties throughContinue reading “My Harp Journey”

National Harp Day 2021

This year for National Harp Day, seventeen harpers from Causeway Harp School gathered together at the beautiful East Strand in Portrush, County Antrim to play in ensemble together. Whilst this was a wonderful experience, it was difficult to capture the sound as the sea was so rough that day! Following on from this, two pupilsContinue reading “National Harp Day 2021”

Cambrian Harp Festival

What a treat for me to travel to beautiful Wales to teach an Irish Harp Workshop as part of the very first Cambrian Harp Festival, in association with the wonderful Derwent Harp School. Participants of all ages and abilities leaned to play Planxty Irwin, by 17th century composer and harper, Turlough O’Carolan, followed by aContinue reading “Cambrian Harp Festival”

Group Lessons at North Coast Trad

I am delighted to be teaching the harp classes at North Coast Trad on a Tuesday evening during term time in Portrush. We currently have a kids’ class and an adults’ class running. This is a wonderful opportunity for pupils to enjoy the social aspect of learning music. Traditional music is inherently social, so learningContinue reading “Group Lessons at North Coast Trad”

Dunseverick P.S. Summer Harp Concert

I teach harp at Dunseverick Primary School to pupils in P3 and above. Irish harping has been thriving in this wee school since 2017 when I first introduced harp lessons to the school. These young pupils perform regularly for school and community events and in their local church communities. In February 2019, they performed forContinue reading “Dunseverick P.S. Summer Harp Concert”

Colmcille 1500, ‘Strings of Heaven’

I was delighted to take part in this wonderful project by Nodlaig Ní Bhrollaigh of Scoil Ruaidhrí Dall which celebrates 1500 years since the birth of Colmcille. Comcille, also known as St Columba, is linked with the Causeway Coast and Glens area. Nodlaig’s original piece of music for harp and voice is entitled ‘Strings ofContinue reading “Colmcille 1500, ‘Strings of Heaven’”

New Christmas tune for Irish Harp

The last time my parents visited the stunning Glenveagh National Park in Donegal (somewhere we used to visit as children), they brought me back this wonderful CD by Manus Lunny. By the time I got to track 4, Nollag sa Gleann, I didn’t get any further! I just had to learn this tune on theContinue reading “New Christmas tune for Irish Harp”

New Book: Traditional Irish Music for Small Harps

I am delighted to announce the publication of my first book of Traditional Irish Music for harp. This is a book of arrangements for small harps of 20 and 26 strings. It is the culmination of my work teaching harp to beginners, many of whom begin on small harps. It is a fabulous way toContinue reading “New Book: Traditional Irish Music for Small Harps”

Covid-19 Update

It was my pleasure to contribute to Harp Ireland’s ‘Harps For Hope’ concert series during the Covid-19 lockdown. Sadly, all classes and workshops were cancelled due to the Covid 19 lockdown. However, I am still offering individual tuition online via Skype and have a limited number of starter harps available for beginner pupils. In SeptemberContinue reading “Covid-19 Update”

The Irish Harp: UNESCO status as Intangible Cultural Heritage

On Thursday 20th February 2020, I had the honour of speaking at ‘The Irish Harp: Reception to Celebrate the recent UNESCO status designation of the Irish Harp as an Intangible Cultural Heritage’. I spoke about my own journey of learning the harp, which was quite a lonely one, and of how I have come toContinue reading “The Irish Harp: UNESCO status as Intangible Cultural Heritage”