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Friday, 26th June 2020

An Chúirt Chruitireachta International Harp Festival goes online

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The Music Generation Louth Harp Ensemble.

Drogheda Tholsel Sessions to feature rising stars of Irish harping 

With the cancellation of the 34th international Harp Festival due to Covid-19, the International Festival for Irish Harp takes its first steps to becoming an on-line festival, and will run from Monday 28th June to Thursday 2nd July at  

For four days, the Festival will become a virtual mecca for harpers, where the very best of Irish harping can be experienced and where our foremost tutors share their expertise to inspire future harp players. 

Alongside its lunchtime virtual Drogheda Tholsel Sessions featuring rising stars of Irish harping, the Festival brings together highlights from its 2019  popular public concert series, featuring a roll call of Irish and international leading harpers; including Maeve Gilchrist, Cormac De  Barra,  Siobhán Armstrong, Janet Harbison, Oisín Morrison, Paul Dooley, Séamas Ó Flaithearta, Gráinne Hambly, Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Kathleen Loughnane, Anne-Marie O’Farrell, Áine Ní Dhubhghaill, singer, Seaosaimhín Ní Bheaglaoich  and many others.

This year’s festival will also include a performance from Louth Music Generation Harp Ensemble, directed by Deirdre Ní Bhuachalla, and a unique recording of a gathering of young harpers from all over the country, led by 2019 artist-in-residence and composer, Maeve Gilchrist. Daily workshops will be hosted by our foremost tutors. 

“Over its thirty-four year history, An Chúirt Chruitireachta has played a major part in leading the huge upsurge of interest in the harp in Ireland today” says Festival Director, Aibhlín McCrann.

“We are certainly not going to allow the pandemic deter us from bringing the best of Irish harping on-line to our harpers here and overseas, and to audiences farther afield. This will be a festival with a difference, but we can’t wait to meet up and go live at An Grianán, Termonfechin next year to celebrate our thirty fifth festival anniversary”. 

An Chúirt Chruitireachta is funded by The Arts Council, Louth Co Council, Create Louth and with support from RTÉ Lyric fm and RTÉ Supporting the Arts. Special thanks to the Trench Trust who have generously supported the harp ensemble experiment.

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