Lá na Cruite | Harp Day, Saturday 15th October 2022 - Live Events
Antrim VENUE TIME DESCRIPTION
Belfast, Co. Antrim Caifé Ceoil, Áras Mhic Reachtain 14 October, 2pm

Cumann Cultúrtha Mhic Reachtain present a lunchtime concert featuring renowned Belfast harpists Úna Monaghan and Cíara Ní Tháth. > More

Belfast, Co. Antrim Assembly Buildings & Rosemary Street Presbyterian Church 15 October, 2pm

Reclaim the Enlightenment present a Manifestation of Belfast harpers: Gráinne Meyer, Ciara Taaffe, Adam O’Neill and Aoibheann Devlin will perform outside the Assembly Buildings at 2pm, before playing on indoors at Rosemary Street Presbyterian Church for a short impromptu performance.

Co Armagh Slieve Gullion Forest Park 15 October
Join the Carroll School of Harp on Harp Day (15th October 2022) from 2.30-3.30pm for a celebration of the harp and it’s unique repertoire at Slieve Gullion.
Sonas Harp Ensemble directed by Sharon Carroll and is open to all students no matter what their level.  Come along as they share their love of the harp and play beautiful melodies and arrangements in the walled garden.
Ennis, Co. Clare glór 14 October, 8pm

Described as ‘one of traditional music’s finest musicians‘ by Hot Press Magazine, harper Aisling Lyons is joined by Dale McKay (handpan), Elaine Hogan (harp), Sheila Garry (fiddle) and members of Music Generation Laois and Music Generation Clare Harp Ensembles for this very special musical celebration on the eve of Lá na Cruite | Harp Day 2022 Tickets €15/€10 Conc. + €1 Booking fee > Book

Shannon, Co. Clare Shannon Library 15 October, 11am-12.30pm

Creative Ireland Clare is partnering with Music Generation Clare to bring you three lively performances from Clare Harp Ensemble in Shannon Library, Co. Clare. Come to Shannon Library to enjoy the Harp Among the Stacks!

Ennistymon, Co. Clare Alife's Vintage Clothes & Coffee Shop 15 October, 2-3.30pm
A celebration of Irish and Ukrainian musical traditions with Aisling Lyons (Irish Harp) & Kseniia Rusnak (Ukrainian Bandura).
Macroom, Co. Cork Fitzgerald's Bookshop Saturday 15 October, 2.30pm

The students and teachers of the Lee Valley Academy of Music present a Harp Day performance at  Fitzgerald’s Bookshop.

Cork City, Co. Cork Honan Chapel, UCC 11 October, 7.30pm

Celebrate Lá na Cruite | Harp Day 2022 at this concert showcasing the wealth of harping activity in University College Cork and the wider Cork area. Come along and enjoy beautiful harp music in the peaceful surrounds of UCC’s recently refurbished Honan Chapel. Featuring harpers Niamh O’ Brien (Harp Tutor in UCC Music Dept), Sophie Ryan, Donnchadh Mac Aodha, Éilís Needham, Sarah O’ Keeffe & Isobel Hynes (from Glissando Harp Ensemble). Free entry. Advance registration advised . Doors 7pm. > Book

Newmarket, Co. Cork Culturlann MacAmhlaoibh 15 October, 8pm

Harpers Siobhan Buckley, Damhnait Sweeney, Aoife Buckley and Eimear McDonagh perform with Sparkling Strings Harp Ensemble (Coláiste Treasa, Kanturk), Glissando Harp Ensemble and young harpers from around the county. Admission free.

Derry, Co. Derry Foyleside Shopping Centre 15 October, 10-11am

An tAcadamh Ceoil Harpers present a free performance at Foyleside Shopping Centre.

Moville, Co. Donegal Methodist Hall, Upper Main Street 15 October, 12-4pm

The Derry and Inishowen Harp Ensembles present workshops (12-3pm)  followed by a harpers’ session (3-4pm).

Newry, Co. Down Slieve Gullion forest park 15 October, 2.30-3.40pm

Join the Carroll School of Harp on Harp Day for a celebration of the harp and it’s unique repertoire at Slieve Gullion. Sonas Harp Ensemble is directed by Sharon Carroll and is open to all students no matter what their level. Come along as they share their love of the harp and play beautiful melodies and arrangements in the walled garden.

Dublin, Co. Dublin Liberty Hall Theatre 16 October, 7.30pm

Harps Together: Lá na Cruite | Harp Day Gala Concert. Join Cruit Éireann | Harp Ireland to celebrate Lá na Cruite │ Harp Day 2022 with Moya Brennan and her band, featuring harper Cormac de Barra, Eibhlís Ní Ríordáin on early harp, Derry harper Lauren O’Neill with Eugene McKenna (fiddle), Rosie Murphy (Pedal Harp), and harper composer, Michael Rooney with The Music Generation Harp Collective. Tickets €20 (€10 Under-18s) + bkg fee. > Book

Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin dlr LexIcon 15 October, 11.30am

Come along to Dún Laoghaire’s beautiful dlr LexIcon for a performance on Harp Day morning with a sea view! Featuring harpers including Rosie Murphy, Áine Ní Dhubhghaill, Cormac De Barra, and students from Comhaltas  Craobh Naithí and Monkstown.

Marino, Dublin Casino Marino 15 October, 12pm

Celebrate Harp Day with harpers Ann Tuite, Mary Kelly and Leah O’Sullivan for a lunchtime recital in the Blue Saloon. Booking is essential on 01 833 1618 or email at casino.marino@opw.ie.

Dublin, Dublin 2 Kilkenny Design, Nassau Street 15 October, 1.30-2.3pm
Harpers Méabh McKenna and Kara Lord Bissett from the TU Dublin Conservatoire Harp Ensemble perform at Kilkenny Design’s flagship store on Nassau Street.
Dublin, Co. Dublin Royal Irish Academy of Music 15 October, 1pm

Harp students of the Royal Irish Academy of Music present a pop-up performance in RIAM’s foyer!

Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 Pearse Museum 15 October, 3pm

Cairde na Cruite presents a programme featuring rising stars of the harp in the historic setting of Rathfarnham’s Pearse Museum. Be sure to leave time for a walk in beautiful St. Enda’s park and refreshments in the coffee shop!

Dublin, Co. Dublin Living Canvas, Wilton Park 15 October 12pm-4pm & 10-11pm

A video iteration of Aideen Barry’s multimedia performance, moving image and sound installation Oblivion / Seachmalltacht / ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᔪᓐᓃᖅᑐᑦ inspired by the Bunting Harp Collection will be on view on the Living Canvas, Wilton Park. Oblivion / Seachmalltacht / ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᔪᓐᓃᖅᑐᑦ was commissioned by Music Network and the Irish Traditional Music Archive under the Bunting Commission award. Living Canvas is a Cultural Initiative of IPUT Real Estate, and is presented in partnership with Dublin City Council.

Dublin, Co. Dublin National Library of Ireland 15 October, 5pm

Edward Bunting: The Dublin Connection: This special Lá na Cruite | Harp Day lecture by Dr. Mary Louise O‘Donnell is interspersed with harp music from harper Dr. Teresa O’Donnell and sets the scene for musical life in Dublin, and the role that Edward Bunting played in it, between 1818-43. Living in Baggot Street, he held posts as organist at St Stephen’s Church/The Pepper Cannister in Mount Street Crescent and, later at St George’s in Hardwicke Place. He was also involved in the Dublin Harmonic Institution, all the time working and advocating for his harpers’ music to be published. Tickets are free, advanced registration is advised. > Book

Galway City, Co. Galway Galway City Museum 15 October, 12pm

Aine Sheridan presents an introduction to the songs collected by Eibhlín Bean Uí Choisdealbha from the locality of Maigh Sheola in East Galway.

Galway City, Co. Galway Galway City Museum 15 October, 11am-1pm

Harp makers from the Galway area, Natalie Surina and Brian Callan, will showcase their beautifully-crafted instruments at the museum. Free entry and suitable for all the family.

Galway City, Co. Galway Galway City Museum 15 October, 11am-1pm

A host of acclaimed harpers will showcase the wealth and vitality of today’s harping tradition, alongside contributions from harp students in the Galway region.

Galway City, Co. Galway Galway City Library 15 October, 11am

Pop up harp recital at Galway City Library by Aine Parslow.

Galway City, Co. Galway Opus 2 15 October, 2.30pm

Pop up harp recital at Opus 2. Pop in to Opus 2 to see harper and harp maker Natalie Surina play one of her own harps.

Galway, Co. Galway The Crane Bar, Sea Road 15 October, 6pm

Harpy Hour at the Crane: Join Catriona Cannon, Kathleen Loughnane, Ciara Ryan and Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha for a “harpy” hour of harp music and harp-related poetry. Free entry.

Killarney, Co. Kerry Killarney School of Music (Room 10) 15 October, 10am-12pm

Lá na Cruite Ciarraí in association with Harp Ireland, Cruit Éireann and Kerry County Council. Harpday in Kerry will not disappoint with a host of events happening across the county.

First up, Killarney School Of Music will host an informal fun harp session with Marina Biddy Blyth and Killarney Harp Club, with guests, where harpers can join in with a tune, do a solo or just be part of the session.

Dingle, Co. Kerry An Diseart Gardens, Dingle 15 October, 1-2pm

Coirmcheoil Am Lóin. Lunchtime concert with Cait Ní Riain, Deirdre Granville, Máire Begley, Ruairí Ó hÓgáin, Cruitirí na Ríochta agus go leor eile. leor eile.

Listowel, Co. Kerry St. John's Theatre, Listowel 15 October, 3.30pm

Harpers sessions with Eithne Walsh, Hamish O Carroll, Cruitirí Óga Lios Tuathail and special guests.

Killarney, Co. Kerry West End House School of Arts, Killarney 15 October, 5.30pm

West End House School of Arts, Killarney. Informal harp session featuring Cait Ní Riain, Deirdre Granville agus cruitirí Óga Chiarraí. The session will be followed by a Q & A, try out the harp and exhibition by Killarney Harps.

Shannera Cross, Co. Kerry Reidun’s Harp Centre 15 October, 4-6pm

Bring your harp, siblings, friends, grandparents etc. for an informal afternoon with harp music and more (other instruments are allowed too!). The perfect occasion to play your favourite piece in public, or to show us your new composition, to sing a song or to recite a poem, or to just come along to listen, meet, chat and enjoy. Free entry.

Portlaoise, Co. Laoise The Bandwagon, Laoise Music Centre, Portlaoise 15 October, 2pm

A free performance from Siobhan Buckley and students from the Music Generation Laois harp programme.

Limerick, Co. Limerick Irish World Academy, University of Limerick 11 October, 1.15-1.50pm
UL, Irish World Academy
Lunchtime Concert – Harp Students of the Irish World Academy.
Limerick City, Limerick The Milk Market 15 October, 10am

Get Harp Day off to a flying start in Limerick City with a morning harp session at The Milk Market.

Drogheda, Co. Louth Millmount Museum 15 October, 11.30am-1pm

Harp Day South Louth: Sharon Carroll and young harpers from Music Generation Louth present a recital of harp music followed by a “Try the harp” event in the wonderful surroundings of Millmount, Drogheda Museum. Suitable for all ages. Free entry.

Dundalk, Co. Louth County Museum 10am-1pm

Harp Day North Louth: Browse the museum’s exhibits across 3 floors to the soundtrack of live harp music or drop into the auditorium for some short performances by young local Music Generation Louth harpers. Suitable for all ages. Free entry.

Dundalk, Co. Louth Oriel Centre, Dundalk Gaol 15 October, 8pm

Oriel Centre, Dundalk Gaol & Music Generation Louth present TG4 Gradam Cheoil recipient Laoise Kelly on harp and Monaghan uilleann piper Tiernan Ó Duinnchinn in concert, with support from Music Generation Louth Harp Ensemble. This event is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht. Sport and Media. Admission is Free but tickets must be booked in advance. > Book

Foxford, Co. Mayo Foxford National School 15 October, 10am-12.30pm

Harper Holly Geraghty presents a Harp Workshop for beginner/intermediate players. Free event, registration required.  Part of Foxford Traditional Weekend. > Book

Foxford, Co. Mayo Foxford Woollen Mills 15 October, 1.30-2.15pm

Music Generation Mayo Harp Ensemble, directed by Gráinne Hambly and William Jackson, present a special lunchtime with special guest harper Holly Geraghty. Free event, no booking required. Part of Foxford Traditional Weekend. > More

Foxford, Co. Mayo Foxford Woollen Mills 15 October, 2.30-3.30pm

Holly Geraghty presents “Hands on Harps” – come along and try the harp in this workshop for complete beginners. Free Event, no advance registration required. Part of Foxford Traditional Weekend. > More

Foxford, Co. Mayo Foxford Woollen Mills 15 October, 1.30-3.30pm

Come along and meet harp maker Graham Wright, to learn more about the fascinating process of harp making. Free, drop-in event. Part of Foxford Traditional Weekend. > More

Foxford, Co. Mayo Foxford National School 15 October, 2.30-4.30pm

Michael Rooney presents a masterclass for advanced harpers. Fee €20, advance registration essential.  Part of Foxford Traditional Weekend. > Book

Foxford, Co. Mayo Moy Hotel 15 October, 8pm

Harpers Michael Rooney, June McCormack, the Mayo Teen Trad Ensembly and other special guest performers are all on the line-up for the Foxford Traditional Weekend Féile Concert. Tickets €15 / €5 (Under-18s). Tickets available on the door. > More

Tara, Co. Meath Hill of Tara Visitors' Centre 15 October 11-11.45am

Harps Together on the Hill: Join Fingal and Meath Harp Ensembles, harper Fiona Gryson and local student harpers for a performance at the Hill of Tara Visitor Centre.

Navan, Co. Meath Solstice Arts Centre 15 October 1.30-2.30pm

Harps Together with Art: Fingal Harp Ensemble, Fiona Gryson, Jennifer Leahy, Jan Muyllaert and their studetns perform in the cafe area at Solstice Arts Centre.

Ashbourne, Co. Meath Cornstown House 15 October 4-5pm

Harps Together on the Farm: Join Fingal Harp Ensemble, TU Dublin Harp Ensemble, Fiona Gryson and local student harpers for a farmyard harping showdown!

Clones, Co. Monaghan Hilton Park 15 October, 10-11am & 11am-12.30pm

Award-winning harper and composer Allanah Thornburgh presents two workshops for Advanced players (10am) and Beginners (11am).

Clones, Co. Monaghan Hilton Park 15 October, 1pm

Allanah Thornburgh, Eilís Lavelle and Sabina McCague perform alongside Music Generation Cavan and Monaghan Harpers at this free lunchtime concert. Advance registration advised. > Book 

Waterford City, Co. Waterford Waterford Central Library 15 October, 2.30pm

Jill Devlin and the Music Generation Waterford harp ensemble will be performing a selection of pieces in Waterford Central Library. Free event. It is a free event open to all members of the public.

Wexford Town, Co. Wexford St. Iberius Church 15 October, 7.30pm

Leading harpers Séamus Ó Flatharta, Aisling Ennis and Aileen Kennedy perform with the Wexford Harp Ensemble in Wexford’s lovely St. Iberius Church. Tickets €10 (€5 Under-18s). > Book

Gorey, Co. Wexford St. Michael's Church 15 October, 1pm

Cruitirí Loch Garman/Wexford Harp Ensemble and the newly formed Mothers and Others Harp Ensemble bring an entertaining lunchtime concert to St. Michael’s Church. Free entry, no booking required.

Blessington, Co. Wicklow Russborough House & Park 15 October, 12-2.30pm

Get down to Russborough House for Labhraidh Loingseach: Musical Storytelling Sessions (12pm, 1pm & 2pm) for all the family with harper Aisling Ennis and storyteller/fiddle player Aindrias de Staic. Musicians from the Bray Harp Ensemble will also be popping up at Russborough during the afternoon! Tickets for the storytelling sessions are €5 (ages 0-2 free entry). Presented in partnership with West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival and Wicklow Arts Office. Supported by Wicklow County Council and the Local Live Music Performance Scheme. > Book

Coalisland, Co. Tyrone Cairde Uí Néill, Western House 15 October, 3pm, 4pm & 8pm

The Historical Harp Society of Ireland present a special Discovery Day. Come along and learn about the historical harp in an illustrated talk with Úna Ní Fhlannagáin at 3pm, then have a go yourself with a beginners’ workshop with Eibhlís Ní Riordáin at 4pm. Round off the day by listening to a concert featuring Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde and Siobhán Armstrong at 8pm. Beidh an Lá Fionnachtana seo as Gaeilge. > More

Sunderland, UK Holy Trinity Church 15 October, 7 .30pm

Limerick harper Fiana Ní Chonaill joins Mary Bergin (tin whistle) and Mick O’Brien (uilleann pipes) for a programme of music by Turlough O’Carolan. Part of the Tyneside Irish Festival. Tickets £20/£15. > Book

London, UK Lewisham Irish Elders Club 15 October

Renowned harpers Jean Kelly and Tara Viscardi will bring some harp magic to the local community in a relaxed performance at the Lewisham Irish Elders Club.

Manchester, UK Royal Northern College of Music 15 October, 9am & 12pm

Pop-up harp ensemble performances at the Royal Northern College of Music’s Atrium and Upper Concourse.

Manchester, UK Royal Northern College of Music 15 October, 11am

The solo harp students and the combined Junior and Senior Harp Ensembles of the Royal Northern College of Music present a special Harp Day recital in the Carole Nash Recital Room.

Manchester, UK Royal Northern College of Music 16 October, 10am-1pm

Young Harps at RNCM ‘All Creatures Great and Small’: A free open workshop for young players of any kind of harp, led by Anne-Marie O’Farrell incorporating collaborative group composition, and ensemble pieces which explore the wonderful world of nature.

Manchester, UK Royal Northern College of Music 17 October

Renowned international harpist Gwyneth Wentink gives masterclasses in concerto and chamber repertoire to undergraduate and postgraduate harp students at the RNCM.

Tsukuba, Japan N's Cafe (inside York-BenimaruTsukuba Takezono, 1-3-1 ,Takezono, Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture) 15 October, 3-6pm

Stella Musica presents a Harp Day gathering in Tsukuba. Join for a session and informal performance, followed by a light meal. Membership Adults/4,800 yen, students/children/2,300 yen.

Lá na Cruite, Harp Day, Saturday 15th October 2022 - Online Events
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Worldwide Launching on 15 October

Harpers’ Call Interactive World Map

Harpers from all over the world have sent us their special Harp Day videos. Travel across continents with us to enjoy them on our interactive world map!

Interactive Map

Ireland 15 October

The Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) marks Lá na Cruite | Harp Day with a specially-curated playlist of ten tunes from its current Edward Bunting Project.

Ireland 15 October

The Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) present highlights from the Harp Ireland’s recent Harps Alive Festival.

Online on YouTube 10:00am 15 october

Harpers Call #1 – 10:00am – 11:30am Harpers videos from Ireland and worldwide

Online on YouTube 12:30pm 15 October

Lunchtime Concert – 12:30pm – 1:00pm with James Ruff, Violaine Mayor and the Historical Harp Society of Ireland.

Online on YouTube 2:00pm 15 October

Harpers Call #2 – 2:00pm – 3:30pm Harpers’ videos from Ireland and worldwide https://youtu.be/-loA57qdF10

Online on YouTube 5:00pm 15 October

Harpers Call #3 – 5:00pm – 6:30pm Harpers from Ireland and worldwide

Online on YouTube 8pm 15 October

Harps Together : Evening Concert
8:00pm – 9:00pm Evening Programme featuring Highlights from the Harps Alive Festival in Belfast, July 2022.
Also included: Aisling Urwin & TU Dublin Harp Ensemble. In collaboration with ITMA.

Harpers Call #4 – 9:30pm – 10:00pm Harpers videos from Ireland and worldwide

Harp Ireland website 9am

We are delighted to launch Mary Louise O’Donnell’s essay on Edward Bunting: The Dublin Years to coincide with Lá na Cruite | Harp Day and featuring in our online Harp Perspectives series from 15 October.

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