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

Progressive Lessons book

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: 3rd edition of my harp source book, published June 2017. This book presents full colour facsimiles of the key source manuscripts. Essential reading for anyone studying the old Gaelic harp music. More...