Lá na Cruite, Harp Day, Saturday 16th October 2021 - Live Events
ClareGlór, Ennis3pm

Join Aisling Lyons in the Spás at Glór for a sneak peak at her debut album Aistear. Book now –https://bit.ly/AislingLyons_Glór

ClareBallina/ Killaloe Heritage Centre3-4pm

Síofra Thornton is joined by the Tipperary Harp Ensemble for a session at the Brian Boru Heritage Centre in Ballina/Killaloe. All welcome. Performers include Naoise Barrett, Ellie May Fogarty, Katie Johnson and Ciara Kennedy.

ClareOld Ground Hotel, Ennis4.30-6pm

Join harpers from counties Tipperary, Limerick and Clare for a bi-lingual concert at the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis, Clare.

Harpers include Nora Casey, Joanne Ryan, Claudia Ryan, Suzie Cusack, Eva Downey, Claire Delaney, Joanne Costello, Grace Weaver and Saoirse Quirke.

All welcome. Fáilte roimh chách agus gach clárseoir.

DublinSt Patrick's Cathedral8.30pm

“aVe” and Improvisation;
“aVe”: a short late night concert featuring a newly commissioned work from Anne-Marie O’Farrell for harp, organ and ‘cello, and dance accompanied by organ improvisation. Book now- https://bit.ly/Harp_DayStPatricksCatherdral

DublinLexIcon Library and Cultural Centre, Dún Laoghaire12-1pm

Live at the LexIcon;

Group performance by Rachel Duffy & the Bray Harp Ensemble

Duet by Jessica Berwick & Sarah Gadaloff.

Solo performances by Conor O’Brien, Emer Ní Scolaí, Clodagh Wong, Saoirse Pu, Ana Arrar, Giulio Bryant and Paige McDonald.

DerryAcadamh Ceoil Chaoimhín Uí DhochartaighWorkshop: 12-2pm / Concert 7.30pm

Join Séamus Ó Flatharta for a Harp workshop at the Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin building. The workshop is limited in numbers and is aimed at intermediate levels. The workshop will be followed by a concert featuring siblings Caoimhe and Séamus Ó Flatharta. Booking recommended-http://bit.ly/Culturlann_SeamusOFlath

GalwayThe Crane Bar5-6.30pm

Úna Ní Fhlannagáin, Áine Sheridan, Máire Uí Chronín, Holly Gerraghty, Ann Fitzpatrick, Natalie Surina.

Booking required due to limited capacity: https://bit.ly/HarpDay_TheCraneBar

KerryAn Diseart Gáirdín, Dingle12.30pm

Deirdre Granville, Proinnsias Ó Cathasaigh, Nicole Ní Dhubhshláine, Cruitirí na Ríochta & go leor eile.

KerryCarraigfoyle Castle5.30pm

Eithne Walsh & Ensemble, Deirdre Granville, Bríd Fitzgerald, Clodagh Murphy, Hamish Carroll agus go leor eile.

LaoisLaois Music Centre2pm

The Music Generation Laois Harp Ensemble perform on the ‘Bandwagon’ at Laois Music Centre.

LimerickThe Milk Market, Cornmarket Row9-10am

Join Cuisle Harp Ensemble led by Fiana Ní Chonaill for a live performance at The Milk Market in the heart of Limerick City.

LouthMillmount Museum, Drogheda11am

Performance by young Music Generation Louth harpers & Music Educator Fiona Gryson

LouthCounty Museum Dundalk11am - 1pm

‘Harping Through Time’ with the Music Generation Louth Harp Ensemble

LouthDundalk Library1.30-2.30pm

Hands on Harp event with Music Generation Louth

MeathCornstown House Farm, Ashbourne3.30-4.30pm

Join Fiona Gryson and her harp students as they celebrate Lá na Cruite | Harp Day in the Animal Barn at Cornstown House Farm. They will be performing live solos and ensemble music in the animal barn alongside alpacas, donkeys, goats and more. Everyone is welcome to attend. Cornstown Coffee Hut will be open for beverages and tasty treats

MayoThe Courthouse Plaza, The Mall, Castlebar4-5pm

Led by Gráinne Hambly, the Music Generation Mayo Harp Ensemble will perform a Pop-up Concert on the steps outside the Courthouse in Castlebar.

WestmeathCathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar6pm

Mullingar Harp School; Grace Keane, Alice McDonnel, Aifric Ní Léanacháin & Ava O’Connor perform music by J.S. Bach. Arrangements by Mercedes Bolger and Anne-Marie O’Farrell

WexfordSt Michael's Church, Gorey4pm

The Wexford Harp Ensemble led by Aileen Kennedy perform a live Recital at St Michael’s Church in Gorey. Watch live – https://www.stmichaelsgorey.ie/onlinemass

WicklowWalled Garden at Festina Lente, Bray10am

Rachel Duffy with the Bray Harp Ensemble

York, UKYork Explore (York City Library)1pm

Join harper Catriona Cannon for a free lunchtime concert at York City Library and feel free to stick around to have a go of Ireland’s national instrument – https://bit.ly/CatrionaCannon_York

Lá na Cruite, Harp Day, Saturday 16th October 2021 - Online Events
YouTube & FacebookHarpers' Call9am - 12.50pm

Harpers from all over the world perform in their favourite outdoor settings.

Watch on YouTube: https://bit.ly/Harpers_Call_1

Watch on Facebook: https://bit.ly/Facebook_HarpDay

Full list of harpers: https://www.harpireland.ie/showevent/la-na-cruite-harp-day-2021-harpers-call/

YouTube & FacebookHarpers' Pride1pm

Meet some of our top harpers and connect with the best of Irish harping.

Watch on YouTube: https://bit.ly/Harpers_Pride

Watch on Facebook: https://bit.ly/Facebook_HarpDay

Full Lineup: https://bit.ly/Harpers_Pride_

ZoomHands on Harps! presented by Dr Karen Loomis3pm

To celebrate Lá na Cruite | Harp Day, The Historical Harp Society of Ireland are offering a FREE live 75-minute Zoom workshop that is Suitable for all levels. Sign up now-https://bit.ly/HHSI_Workshop

YouTube & FacebookHarpers' Call2.30-3.30pm

Harpers from all over the world perform in their favourite outdoor settings.

Watch on YouTube: https://bit.ly/Harpers_Call_2

Watch on Facebook: https://bit.ly/Facebook_HarpDay

Full lineup: https://www.harpireland.ie/showevent/la-na-cruite-harp-day-2021-harpers-call-2/

YouTube & FacebookHarpers' Gathering4pm

Tune in to our younger harpers playing together in session.

Watch on YouTube: https://bit.ly/Harpers_Gathering

Watch on Facebook: https://bit.ly/Facebook_HarpDay

Full lineup: https://www.harpireland.ie/showevent/la-na-cruite-harp-day-2021-harpers-gathering/

YouTube & FacebookHarpers' Call6-7pm

Harpers from all over the world perform in their favourite outdoor settings.

YouTube: https://bit.ly/Harpers_Call_3

Facebook: https://bit.ly/Facebook_HarpDay

Full lineup: https://www.harpireland.ie/showevent/la-na-cruite-harp-day-2021-harpers-call-3/

ZoomHarpers' Escape Play-Along3pm ET/ 8pm GMT

Our partners at the US Somerset Harp Festival, led by Kathy DeAngelo are planning to join with us in a play-along anchored by harper Gráinne Hambly in Ireland and well-known American harpers. Zoom link-https://bit.ly/Somerset_Play_Along

YouTube & FacebookHarps from all Corners8pm

Our not-to-be-missed, spectacular online finale concert Harps from all Corners stars our most renowned harpers who never fail to captivate audiences.

Watch on YouTube: https://bit.ly/HarpsfromallCorners

Watch on Facebook: https://bit.ly/Facebook_HarpDay

Full line-up: https://www.harpireland.ie/showevent/la-na-cruite-harp-day-2021-harps-from-all-corners/

Harps from all Corners - Programme

  • A CÉHI commission for harp and aerialist where pioneering harper Aisling Ennis joins with aerialist Emily Aoibheann to present a work of startling beauty called An Ghiorria (The Hare).
  • A collaboration with Music Generation Cork teams Louth harper Donncha Hughes with a group of vibrant young rap artists from the Kabin − a 21st century interpretation of the ancient relationship between the harper and the poet.
  • Harps at the Border: The intrepid Music Generation Louth harp ensemble, led by Deirdre Ní Bhuachalla, record on two locations at Carlingford Lough & Flagstaff Viewpoint.  Zoe Conway and John McIntyre are joined by 12 harpers to perform Ómós do Shéamuis (composed by Zoe Conway and John McIntyre) in memory of Séamus Heaney.
  • Harp Trios take to the stage at Queen’s University Belfast showing the harp’s ever-growing popularity in the north. Featuring Gráinne Meyer, Rhian Hansen, Richard Allen, Adam O’Neill, Eilís Lavelle & Lauren O’Neill.
  • Tuning in from the outdoors in Co.Cork is Fiachra Ó Corragáin performing The Enchanted Valley, The Musical Priest and Clann Lir.
  • Renowned harper and TG4 Ceoltóir na Bliana 2020, Laoise Kelly, joins us from Achill International Harp Festival for a set of reels; ‘Frank Gilruth’ & ‘Charlie Hardie’.
  • All the way from the US comes the Monarch Project; an ambitious pre-recorded project from harpers there, inspired by the Monarch butterfly’s tripartite, migratory-life cycle and composed by award-winning early harper, Ann Heyman and arranged by harper Marta Cook.
  • The Alpine Garden at Sligo’s Lissadell House inspires a special performance featuring some of harper Michael Rooney’s music from the De Cuéllar Suite and Constance. Both suites of music commemorate and reflect upon the symbolic history of Sligo. Michael is joined by Sligo harpers Niamh McGloin & Elsa Kelly.
  • Prepare to have your curiosity whetted when you see art and technology collide at a performance of early harp, modern Irish Harp and laser harp in the harmonious setting of UCD’s Evolution Garden showing the development of the harping tradition over the past 1000 years with the spotlight on the laser harp; a collaboration between Intel, UCD Explore and Harp Ireland featuring harpers Cormac DeBarra, Siobhán Armstrong & Rachel Duffy.
  • The Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) marks Lá na Cruite Harp Day with a specially commissioned illustrated documentary about the collection of renowned harper, Gráinne Yeats and its unfolding riches. Featuring Cormac DeBarra, Siobhán Armstrong, Fiona Gryson & Rachel Duffy.
  • The magnificent harp/guitar duo featuring harper Máire Ní Chathasaigh and guitarist/mandolinist Chris Newman tune in from Leeds, UK
  • Mayo harpers Gráinne Hambly &, Éadaoin Ní Mhaicín are joined by Séamus Ó Flatharta from Connemara to showcase the best of the west of Ireland harping at Ballintubber Abbey.
  • Wales comes calling with the doyenne of Welsh harpist Elinor Bennett giving us 2 Welsh tunes.
  • Joining us all the way from London is Jean Kelly with two tunes arranged by her Grandfather TC Kelly.
  • We teamed up with the World Academy of Irish Music & Dance at the University of Limerick for a collaboration featuring the incredibly talented Michelle & Louise Mulcahy.
  • Our Celtic cousins in Scotland join us for a very special performance as we mark the joint 40th anniversary of Edinburgh International Harp Festival and the 90th anniversary of the Clarsach Society.
  • Siblings Aisling & Séan Lyons take to the stage in the Irish Chamber Orchestra Studio at the University of Limerick.

Harpers' Pride - Programme

  • Harper Meabh McKenna performs ‘Róis Bheag Dhubh’ a piece collected by Bunting from the harper Daniel Black in 1792.
  • We teamed up with the World Academy of Irish Music & Dance at the University of Limerick for two top-class collaborations featuring Niamh O’Brien & Aisling Urwin, and Fiana Ní Chonaill & Susan Coleman.
  • Harper Rosie Murphy features with a fantastic performance of Aisling Lí Ban.
  • Joining us all the way from Tokyo is our good friend and harper Junshi Murakami performing his compositions ‘EQNX’, ‘Physalis’ & ‘Peacock Gardens’.
  • Filmed on location in Co. Fermanagh at Lough Erne is Sylvia Crawford’s performance and arrangement of  Carolan’s Eleanor Plunkett (Madam Keil) and Caitlín Triail (Kitty Tyrrell).
  • Alannah Thornburgh features with a beautiful rendition of Kean O’Hara & Apple Blossoms.
  • Harper Luke Webb tunes in from Bristol, UK performing four of his own compositions; ‘Freedoms Call’, ‘Mamó’, ‘Filleadh’, and The Unity Reel.
  • Harper Sophie Ryan joins us from University College Cork for a solo performance of ‘Planxty Robert Jordan’ by Carolan.

Harpers' Gathering - Programme

  • Harpers studying at The Irish World Academy of Music & Dance at University of
    Limerick play their own arrangement of ‘Sally Gally’. Harpers include Kieva
    McGonagle, Cieara Kilkenny, Anna Eggersberger, Helena Doyle, Karen van Rekum,
    and Jill Devlin.
  • Gráinne Meyer, Adam O’Neill and Ciara Taaffe came together in The Harty
    Room at Queen’s University to perform ‘The Black Rose’ and ‘The Bundoran Junction’
    by Patrick Davey, both arranged by Gráinne Hambly.
  • The Sparkling Strings Harp Ensemble embrace the great outdoors at Kanturk Castle,
    County Cork, led by Damhnait Sweeney. Harpers include Ava Hynes, Isobel Hynes,
    Jack Quirke, Laura O’Connor, Sarah O’Keeffe, Yasmine O’Sullivan.
  • Rachel Duffy, Síofra Ní Dhubhghaill and Fiona Gryson join us from the Highlanes
    Gallery in collaboration with An Chúirt Chruitreachta International Festival.
  • Wales Harp Festival showcases the magnificent TU Dublin Conservatoire Harp
    Ensemble in a special recording from the TU Conservatoire building in
    Grangegorman, taken during the pandemic.
  • Damhnait Sullivan’s Glissando Harp Ensemble featuring Abaigeal Walsh, Aoife Ahern,
    Ellen DE Burca, Kiely Lehane and Eimear McDonagh perform Planxty George
    Brabazon and The Butterfly.

Harpers’ Escape Play-Along

Our partners at the US Somerset Harp Festival, led by Kathy DeAngelo are planning to join with us in a play-along anchored by harper Gráinne Hambly in Ireland and well-known American harpers. 3pm ET/ 8pm GMT.

Join in: https://bit.ly/Somerset_Play_Along

Playlist: HarpDayPlaylist

Hands on Harps! presented by Dr Karen Loomis

To celebrate Lá na Cruite | Harp Day, the Historical Harp Society of Ireland are offering a free live 75-minute Zoom workshop at 3pm on Saturday 16th October.

This hands-on early Irish harp workshop will explore where historical harpers placed their hands on their harps, and how you can use that information to inform your own playing style. Suitable for all levels.

Sign up now:  https://irishharp.org/news/free-online-workshop-for-national-harp-day