May Harp Workshop

Old style clairseach, or metal strung harp

Paul Dooley will host this two-day harp workshop on Saturday/Sunday May 5th/6th, Palmerston House, Cliffoney, Co. Sligo, Ireland.

Entitled “The May Harp Miscellany” this workshop is a very special event featuring the music of the older, metal-strung harps played in Ireland and Wales centuries ago.

The workshop takes place over 2 days, Saturday May 5th and Sunday May 6th at Palmerston House, near the little village of Cliffoney, in north Sligo, Ireland. The main body of the course features music from the Bunting Collection and other ancient music, and lead tutor Paul Dooley will be joined by fellow harp tutor for all harp types Catherine Rhatigan. Paul recently received a Ph.D from the University of Limerick for a thesis on medieval harp tuning,  and is one of Europe’s most proficient performers on the instrument in both dance music and the ancient music of Ireland and Wales. Captivated by the sound of the instrument at an early age, he devoted two decades to working on the ap Huw manuscript, the oldest harp manuscript in existence (circa 1610)

Palmerston House is an old, comfortable and cosy house on the former Palmerston Estate with a limited amount of overnight accommodation and plenty of space for a workshop, and parking. The weekend will cover harp history, dance music, ancient harp music as well as a house concert and a tutorial open to all harpers wishing to learn some of the mystical and haunting music from the Welsh ap Huw collection. If you would like to join us, please feel free to get in contact with any questions, or to reserve a space as places, understandably, are limited. The programme underneath can be enlarged by clicking on it.

And a small clip of Paul Dooley on BBC Television to give you a flavour of the event in May…