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”

Traditional Irish Music for Harp Vol 2

Traditional Irish Music for Harp Volume 2, by Katy Bustard

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”

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”

Harp Tuition, Classes and Workshops on the Causeway Coast

Summer 2019 saw 26 harpists, ranging from age 6 to 60, meet in Bushmills Community Centre and in Portballintrae Village Hall for Beginner and Intermediate level Harp Workshops led by Katy Bustard of Causeway Harp School. In September 2019 a new 6 week Beginners’ Harp Course will be held on Saturday mornings in Portballintrae VillageContinue reading “Harp Tuition, Classes and Workshops on the Causeway Coast”