Some Irish Harpers, 1988–2010
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The harp is the oldest of the Irish traditional instruments still played, and after teetering on the brink of extinction in the nineteenth century it entered on a period of revival in the 1890s, a revival that is now over a hundred years old and one that has given rise to its own traditions.
In modern times, the playing of the Irish harp – and its ancient and modern traditions – has been fostered by the Irish harping society Cairde na Cruite, Friends of the Harp, which was founded in 1960 and must be the oldest existing Irish organisation dedicated to a single musical instrument. Cairde na Cruite celebrated in 2010 the fiftieth anniversary of its foundation and also the twenty-fifth anniversary of its annual residential summer school in Termonfeckin, Co Louth; for further information click here.
Contemporary Irish harpers, playing wire-strung and gut-strung instruments, form a large and thriving community, with many schools and festivals, competitions and workshops, and there are many such professional harpers to be found world-wide. The following tracks offer an introduction to the Irish harp of the present day; they have been kindly donated to mark the Cairde na Cruite anniversaries by the players and their record companies as noted.
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