June 3rd 2024

June Harpers' Gathering and Guest Interview

Join us ONLINE, Sunday 16 June, 4–6 pm, Irish time for our Harpers' Gathering —PLUS— guest interview with Sylvia Crawford

Sylvia Crawford

Join us ONLINE, Sunday 16 June, 4–5 pm, Irish time for our Harpers' Gathering community social time, hosted by HHSI volunteer, Barbara Karlik. Come and enjoy harp-related talk, share your projects and progress, and try out tunes you want to play in front of a small, very supportive audience. 

From 5–6 pm, enjoy an informal interview with this month's guest, Sylvia Crawford.

Sylvia is a professional musician, teacher and author. Her recent work has specialised in the old Irish wire-strung harp. Since returning to her native County Armagh in 2013, Sylvia has collaborated with award-winning singer, Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin; Sylvia's research and videos are featured on the Oriel Arts website project. In 2019, she was awarded a Masters in ethnomusicology for her research, which focused on the eighteenth-century Armagh harper, Patrick Quin. Sylvia's ongoing study of fragmentary written evidence about the lost oral tradition, along with her knowledge of Irish traditional music, have led her to new interpretations of the evidence, and new insights into traditional harp playing techniques, fingering and style. Her book, An Introduction to Old Irish Harp Playing Techniques, was published in 2021. Sylvia is currently working on a second book of arrangements of old Irish harp airs, using her reconstructed playing techniques and fingering.

Sylvia is one of our tutors for this year's Scoil na gCláirseach–Festival of Early Irish Harp, 26 July – 1 August 2024, where she will be teaching three early Irish harp tunes and presenting a workshop on traditional wire-strung Irish harp fingering.

Follow this link to register for this FREE event:

When you register, you will receive a personalized Zoom link to join.