Meet Ireland’s Harp Makers

The resurgence of interest in harp -playing has led to an unprecedented demand for Irish-made harps. While the numbers of Irish harp makers are slowly increasing, the supply of harps is insufficient to meet this demand; an issue that was highlighted by Toner Quinn in his report to the Arts Council, An Chomhairle Ealaíon, A Report on the Harping Tradition in Ireland (2014).

In her subsequent 2016 report on harp making in Ireland, Emer Mayhock, Traditional Arts Adviser to the Arts Council noted that harp makers operating in Ireland are doing so in an isolated manner with little outside support. Cruit Éireann, Harp Ireland is determined to support the Irish harp-making tradition to secure its future, and will work with Irish harp makers to promote their instruments.

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