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”

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’”

Christmas and New Year at Causeway Harp School

Christmas is always a super busy time for harpists! This year pupils played at Dunseverick Primary School’s annual carol service at Ballintoy Parish Church. A group of 5 harpists played a selection of pieces as guests arrived and also did a special group performance of ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ and ‘Carol of the Bells’. WeContinue reading “Christmas and New Year at Causeway Harp School”

Causeway U3A Irish Harp Classes

On Monday mornings it is my pleasure to teach two Traditional Irish Harp Classes as part of the Causeway U3A activity programme. The Causeway U3A has a wealth of activities and groups on offer and there is sure to be something to appeal to everyone! The harp is such a beautiful instrument to learn becauseContinue reading “Causeway U3A Irish Harp Classes”

Beginners’ Harp Class

Portballintrae, Sept-Oct 2019 In September 2019, ten women and girls gathered together in Portballintrae Village Hall to learn the Irish harp. After only 3 lessons together we have learned to play the traditional air, ‘The South Wind’ and a polka known as ‘Johnny Leary’s’. Each week we focus on good hand position and playing techniqueContinue reading “Beginners’ Harp Class”