Online Harp Festival 2021

Sunday 27th June to Friday 2 July 2021

Festival Schedule

View our 2021 schedule and book tickets.

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Join us for our online festival
Sunday 27th June – Friday 2 July 2021
Togha agus rogha na cruitireachta le cloisteáil ó chruitirí den scoth. Bígí linn

Established in 1985, An Chúirt Chruitireachta ranks among the top international harp festivals for Irish harp.
We warmly welcome harpers of every standard from all over the world to our 2021 online festival. We are passionate about the music of the harp tradition and its place within Irish traditional music. We guarantee top quality workshops, sessions and concerts and an opportunity to engage online with other harpers, gain a better understanding of Irish music, song and dance as well as learning more about the harp and its music.

How It Works

This year our festival is live online from Sunday 27th June to Friday 2nd July. We have put together a panel of exceptional tutors and talented artists to deliver an outstanding week of harp music for you.

MORNING WORKSHOPS: Take part in our online morning workshops from 11am with our Festival Tutors.
THE THOLSEL INTERLUDES: Listen to our emerging young harpers at 1pm in our Tholsel Interludes.
Afternoon Events: Join us from 2pm to 5:30pm Monday to Friday for workshops, music, talks, songs and stories and try your hand at our daily play-along.
Evening Concerts: Tune in to our world class harpers and other traditional musicians for the best of Irish harping at our nightly concerts at 8pm.

Booking on
Full Festival Package: €200 | Morning Workshops only: €120 | Tholsel Interludes (Lunchtime Concerts): €5 each
Afternoon Package only: €100 | Evening Concerts only: €45 for all 5 concerts or book individual concerts €10 each

Full Programme at a Glance

Sunday 27 June
4:00pm Fáilte Isteach
5:00pm Meet the Harpmakers
8:00pm Oscail an Doras with Maria-Christina Cleary (harp) and Emily Cullen (poet)

Monday 28 June
11:00 am Workshop. Meet your tutor
1:00 pm Tholsel Interlude with Louth Music Generation Harp Ensemble
2:00 pm 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 HHSI)
3.30 pm Songs and their Stories with Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaoich
4.30 pm Seinn Linn: Play-along with Gráinne Hambly
8:00 pm Tradition Live with Úna Monaghan (harp and electronics) Anne-Marie O’Farrell, Cormac de Barra (harps) and Éamonn de Barra (flute)

Tuesday 29 June
11:00 am Workshop
1:00 pm Tholsel Interlude with The Triad Trio; Fiona Gryson, Rachel Duffy and Síofra Ní Dhubhghaill
2:00 pm Two Harper Brothers with Kathleen Loughnane
3.30 pm Songs and their Stories with Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaoich
4.30 pm Seinn Linn: Workshop and Play-along with Deirdre Granville
8:00 pm Radharc Siar, The Drogheda Harp School 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 30 June
11:00 am Workshop Lá na nÓg | Ensemble Day
2:00 pm Fadó, Fadó: The Harp Journey with Gráinne Hambly
3.00 pm A Welshman from Where? with Helen Davies
3.45 pm Seinn Linn: Workshop and Play-along with Helen Davies
5:00 pm Tionól na Féile – a unique collaboration performed by young harpers countrywide
8:00 pm Réalta ó Thuaidh, Stars Align with Eilis Lavelle (harp) Zoe Conway (fiddle) and John McIntyre (guitar)

Thursday 1 July
11:00 am Workshop
1:00 pm Tholsel Interlude with Clann Uí Scolaí
2:00 pm 60 Bliain ag Fás: The Cairde na Cruite Story with Áine Ní Dhubhghaill
3.30 pm Songs and their Stories with Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaoich
4.30 pm Seinn Linn: Workshop and Play-along with Anne-Marie O’Farrell
8:00 pm Ceolchoirm na Féile with Siobhán Armstrong (early harp), Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde (singer) (in association with HHSI) Máire Ní Chathasaigh (harp) and Chris Newman (guitar)

Friday 2 July
11:00 am Workshop
12:30 pm Slán Abhaile: Final open session with a selection from the week’s workshops as tutors
and students perform together.

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