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”

NEW Bespoke Irish Harp Workshops for Groups and Families on the Causeway Coast

I am delighted to now be in a position to offer bespoke group workshop experiences to groups, families and visitors to the Causeway Coast, offering an ‘Introduction to the Irish Harp’. We are located just a short walk away from the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Giants’ Causeway. We are blessed to have such aContinue reading “NEW Bespoke Irish Harp Workshops for Groups and Families on the Causeway Coast”

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”

Build a Harp Workshop, Portballintrae

On Saturday 2nd November, 2019, a group of harpers gathered in Portballintrae Village Hall to build their very own harps, using a ‘Build a Harp’ kit, developed by Brian Waugh of Turmennan Learner Harps and Build a Harp, Ireland. Renowned harpmaker, Mervyn Waugh (Turmennan Harps, Ireland) and his son Brian, expertly guided us through theContinue reading “Build a Harp Workshop, Portballintrae”

Harp Tuition in Schools

I really look forward to my days in school teaching harp. Pupils as young as 7 have begun their harp adventures with me in school, some of whom, by age 9, are already working towards Grade IV in Irish Traditional Harp Performance through the London College of Music. To date, all of my pupils haveContinue reading “Harp Tuition in Schools”

Remembering Edward Bunting Festival 2019

There was once a time on the North Coast of Antrim when every great house had their harper and it was traditional that the harper must be able to play music for three distinct purposes: to calm and bring forth rest; to evoke emotion and bring forth tears and to inspire gladness, dancing and smiles.Continue reading “Remembering Edward Bunting Festival 2019”

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”