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This list is not complete; it is just a personal selection of the kind of music I am interested in, i.e. old Irish and Scottish music played in historical style on the ancient type of clarsach or Irish harp, with metal wire strings. If you think I have missed out anyone important please do let me know.

Patrick Ball
Celtic Harp IV: O'Carolan's Dream
Fortuna, 1983
Patrick's 4th album.

Farewell to Lough Neaghe
in stock

Bonnie Shaljean
Farewell to Lough Neaghe
Saydisc 372, 1988
This recording of traditional tunes includes some wire-strung Gaelic harp as well as pedal harp.
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Delighted with Harps

Sileas
Delighted with Harps
Green Linnet, 1986
Mary Macmaster and Patsy Seddon contrast two different Scottish harps, wire-strung and gut-strung. They also sing traditional Gaelic songs. Their other records are Harpbreakers (Lap Wing, 1990), Beating Harps (Green Linnet, 1987) and Play on Light (Green Linnet, 1996).

Patrick Ball
Celtic Harp III: Secret Isles
Fortuna, 1985
Patrick's 3rd.

Sprangeen

Sprangeen
Sprangeen
Springthyme SPR 1013, 1984
Mary Macmaster and Patsy Seddon's first record, from before they formed their duo Sileas. Sprangeen was a band of seven women, playing diverse Scottish folk music on various instruments, including Mary"s harp with metal strings; there are also songs in English and Gaelic.

Patrick Ball
Celtic Harp II: From a Distant Time
Fortuna, 1983
Patrick's second.

Music of Turlough O'Carolan

Patrick Ball
Celtic Harp I: The Music of Turlough O'Carolan
Fortuna, 1983
Patrick has made a number of solo recordings since this, his first.

The Harpers Land
in stock

Ann Heymann & Alison Kinnaird
The Harper's Land
Temple Records 1983
Ann plays Gaelic harp (a replica Castle Otway) while Alison plays lever harp (a 1930s Briggs).
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anns harp

Clairseach
Ann's Harp
Clairseach Records 1981
Ann and Charlie Heymann play traditional Irish music and songs on this LP. Re-released on CD, 2012.
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Belfast Harp Festival

Gráinne Yeats
Féile na gChruitirí Bhéal Feirste 1792

Gael Linn, CEF 053-4, 1980
A double LP of accompanied songs and solos, many on lever harp but some on Gaelic harp. I understand some of the tracks were recorded many years before the record was released. Harps used include a dire-sounding Trinity-style instrument made after Chris Warren's designs, and a Sirr replica by Jay Witcher as well as a couple of neo-Irish lever harps. The singing is rather classical-sounding but overall this is an excellent overview of the big music of the 18th century Irish harpers, especially for reminding us how much of their repertory was song. Many tracks on this recording were included on "Féile Cruitirí Bhéal Feirste" (double CD CEFCD 156) issued in 1992 for the bicentenary of the 1792 Belfast Harp Festival.
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Ordering instructions: I carry a number of Gaelic harp books and CDs in stock at the Emporium. Click on the link to order, or call or email me to discuss what you want - I am happy to try and source out-of-print or hard-to-find items not currently in stock. Go to the Emporium homepage for more details.

I also will buy secondhand copies of many of these items. Contact me with details of what you have and we can discuss terms.

Simon Chadwick