Harp Day / Lá na Cruite 2022 at ITMA

ITMA is delighted to join with Harp Ireland / Cruit Éireann and harpers around the world to celebrate the sound of Ireland's national emblem, the harp.

Harps A Live
Harpers perform at the Harps Alive Festival, Belfast, July 2022

Over the past 35 years ITMA has amassed a variety of materials relating to the Irish harping tradition in Ireland and abroad.

For an overview of harp related material in ITMA, you can read Archivist Maeve Gebruers's recent article in Harp Perspectives 'Harp resources at the Irish traditional Music Archive (ITMA)' (July, 2022).

ITMA's collaboration with acclaimed visual artist Aideen Barry and Music Network, has seen Oblivion / Seachmalltacht / ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᔪᓐᓃᖅᑐᑦ continue to tour nationally and internationally since its premiere at the Limerick City Gallery of Art in 2021. It is currently on view at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. This particular project was an artistic response to recordings of ten leading Irish harpers playing all the melodies notated in Edward Bunting's A General Collection of the Ancient Music of Ireland, published in 1797. Currently ITMA is releasing these recordings weekly in the ITMA | The Edward Bunting Digital Harp Collection blog and playlist.

In 2022 we mark Lá na Cruite with three specially selected projects:

1. Highlights video from Harps Alive

2. Blog from researcher Gwendoline Lemaitre on the ongoing work to catalogue and organise the Derek Bell Collection at ITMA

3. An Edward Bunting Digital Harp Collection playlist featuring ten tunes from ten harpers.

We are also delighted to see a video iteration of Aideen Barry’s multimedia performance, moving image and sound installation Oblivion / Seachmalltacht / ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᔪᓐᓃᖅᑐᑦ being presented on Living Canvas, Wilton Park, Dublin 2, as part of Lá na Cruite | Harp Day, celebrations on Saturday 15 October, 12-4pm

Oblivion / Seachmalltacht / ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᔪᓐᓃᖅᑐᑦ was inspired by the Bunting Harp Collection and 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.