Book now for Harp Festival 2021

Cairde na Cruite’s An Chúirt Chruitireachta | The International Festival for Irish Harp takes place this year online from Sunday 28 June to Friday 2 July.

Festival Director, Aibhlín McCrann has curated an exciting programme of more than 32 events led by a star-studded line-up of Irish harpers including Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Gráinne Hambly, Áine Ní Dhubhghaill, Anne-Marie O’Farrell, Cormac de Barra, Kim Fleming, Deirdre Granville, Deirdre Ní Bhuachalla and Úna Ní Fhlannagáin.

Download the festival programme from Cairde na Cruite’s website at this link:

Tickets available from Eventbrite:

Full Festival Package:
Includes Morning Workshops, Evening Concerts, Lunchtimes Concerts, Afternoon Events, Talks, Play-alongs, Ensembles Day, Songs & Stories.

Workshops only:
Includes Morning workshops Monday 28th June to Friday 2 July, 11am – 1:30pm. Workshops with 9 of the best Irish Harp Tutors – Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Áine Ní Dhubhghaill, Cormac de Barra, Anne-Marie O’Farrell, Gráinne Hambly, Deirdre Ní Bhuachalla, Kim Fleming, Úna Ní Fhlannagáin and Deirdre Granville.

Afternoon Events only:
Tholsel Interludes concerts with the Rising Stars of harping, Afternoon Workshops, Play-Alongs, Talks, Songs and Stories.
The Thosel Interludes – Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 to 1:30pm with Louth Music Generation Harp Ensemble (Monday 28 June), The Triad Trio : Fiona Gryson, Rachel Duffy and Síofra Ní Dhubhghaill (Tuesday 29 June) and Clann Uí Scolaí : Emer, Caoilfhionn & Sorcha Uí Scolaí on harp, uilleann pipes and concertina (Thursday 1 July).
Festival Opening Event on Sunday 27 June @ 4pm – Meet your fellow harpers, play-along in a live Zoom session and meet the Harp Makers.
Cruit agus Cabaireacht – Afternoon Events, Monday – Friday 2:00pm to 5:30pm
Monday 2:00 – 3.15pm Re-discovering Old Irish Harp Music and Traditions with Simon Chadwick. Would the ‘Real’ Carolan’s Concerto Please Stand Up? Revisiting Carolan Composition Sources with Siobhán Armstrong (in association with the Historical Harp Society of Ireland). 3.30-3.50pm Songs and their Stories with Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaoich. 4:30 -5:30pm Seinn Linn: Play along with Gráinne Hambly (Live on zoom)
Tuesday 2:00 – 3:15pm Two Harper Brothers with Kathleen Loughnane. 3:30-3:50pm Songs and their Stories with Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaoich. 4:30-5:30pm Seinn Linn: Play along with Deirdre Granville
Wednesday Tionól na gCruit: Harp Gathering 2:00-2:45pm Fadó, Fadó: The Harp Journey with Gráinne Hambly. 3:00-3:30pm A Welshman from Where? with Helen Davies. 3:45 – 4:45pm Seinn Linn: Play-along with Helen Davies. 5:00 – 6:00 Tionól na Féile , A Welsh Ground: Performance
Thursday 2:30 -3:15 60 Bliain ag Fás: The Cairde na Cruite Story with Áine Ní Dhubhghaill. 3:30-3:50 Songs and their Stories with Seosaimhin Ní Bheaglaoich. 4:30-5:30 Seinn Linn: Workshop and play-along with Anne-Marie O’Farrell

Evening Concerts only:
Evening Concerts Only Package @ €45 or Individual Concerts @ €10 each
Sunday, 8pm Oscail an Doras with Maria-Christina Cleary (harp) and Emily Cullen (poet).
Monday, 8pm Tradition Live with Úna Monaghan (harp and electronics), Anne Marie-O’Farrell, Cormac de Barra (harps) and Éamonn de Barra (flute).
Tuesday, 8pm Radharc Siar, The Drogheda Harp Story narrated by Dr Teresa O’Donnell with harpers Cormac de Barra, Deirdre Granville, Úna Ní Fhlannagáin, Deirdre Ní Bhuachalla, Anne-Marie O’Farrell and Gerry O’Connor (fiddle).
Wednesday, 8pm Réálta ó Thuaidh, Stars Align with Eilis Lavelle (harp), Zoe Conway (fiddle) and John McIntyre (guitar).
Thursday, Ceolchoirm na Féile with Siobhán Armstrong (early Irish harp) and Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde (singer). Máire Ní Chathasaigh (harp) and Chris Newman (guitar).