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National Harp Day event taking place in Dundalk on Saturday

National Harp Day event taking place in Dundalk on Saturday

This Saturday October 20th marks Ireland’s second National Harp Day/Lá na Cruite where Harp Ireland, Cruit Éireann, once again, invites harpers and people interested in the harp to join them to celebrate all facets of the harp in Ireland.  Venues from Donegal to Dingle, from Belfast to Bandon will resound to the wonderful sound of harp playing at concerts, sessions, Harpathons, pop-up sessions, talks and demonstrations of harp making.

To mark National Harp Day in County Louth, The Music Generation Louth Junior Harp Ensemble extend an invitation to come and explore the harp with them at 11am in County Library, Dundalk. The event will include a short performance followed by an opportunity for anyone interested to come and try the harp.  The MGL Senior Harp Ensemble will take part in a Rising Stars Performance at the Pearse Museum, St Enda’s in Rathfarnham Dublin at 3pm.

“The past few years have seen an unprecedented upsurge of interest in the instrument, introducing it to even more players and to new audiences,” Aibhlín McCrann, Chair of Harp Ireland, Cruit Éireann said.

“We were thrilled with the response last year; we had many requests from people wanting to learn the harp. So, we urge everybody with an interest in the harp to join us on Saturday 20 October to celebrate our iconic instrument; you will have a chance to hear some of our best harpers play along with our younger harp stars”.

National Harp Day is Cruit Éireann’s second major initiative to promote Ireland’s national instrument, encourage more people to learn the harp, attract new audiences and recognise the harp’s unique place in Irish musical and cultural life. Harp events will take place at a number of key venues in cities and towns nationwide including Newry, Derry/Londonderry, Dublin, Mayo, Galway, Limerick, Laois, Louth, Meath, Cork, and Wexford. 2018 sees us venturing even farther afield, with associated harp events taking place virtually with our harping friends in the Isle of Man, Italy, London and the USA.

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