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”

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”

Ancient and Contemporary Irish Music for Harp, Volume 3

This iconic castle on the Causeway Coast of Northern Ireland is a stunning reminder of the ancient past on which we stand. Ireland’s rich musical heritage is embodied in the harp. The harp of ancient kings, bards and of the people. There was once a time when every great house had its harper. The harperContinue reading “Ancient and Contemporary Irish Music for Harp, Volume 3”

New Series of Books by Katy Bustard

I am delighted to announce the publication of my series of books, designed to lead the harp player from beginner to advanced in Irish traditional music for harp. The series is designed to support both pupils and teachers in developing a stylish and authentic repertoire of Irish traditional music on harp. Although I teach myContinue reading “New Series of Books by Katy Bustard”

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”

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”