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This website is my independent free information resource on all aspects of the Gaelic harp, the early Irish harp or clarsach of Scotland and Ireland.

—Simon Chadwick

Patrick Byrne's harp

The historical harp of Ireland and Scotland is an instantly recognisable icon. But what is the sound behind the symbol? What is the story of this ancient and prestigious tradition?

On this website you can read about the ancient harps preserved in museums, the old manuscripts and books which contain tunes barely heard for centuries, and the tradition bearers who kept the ancient harp music alive.

There are hundreds of pages here, but if this is not enough for you, there are also books, CDs and accessories for sale in the mail-order online store.

Right: Patrick Byrne’s harp, privately owned in the USA. This harp was made by John Egan and presented to Byrne when he graduated from the Irish Harp Society school in Belfast in 1821. It was rescued as a fire-damaged wreck in the 1970s, taken to the USA and restored. Read More...