The harps I make are copied from the ancient Gaelic harps of Ireland and the Scottish Highlands. As many as eighteen old instruments survive in museums from the 15th to the 18th centuries: Click here for a complete illustrated list.
I have great respect for the skill and judgement of the old makers, who were true masters of their art, and I enjoy the challenge of making as accurate a replica as possible, including the decoration and where possible the restoration of features now obscured or altered on the original.
I also enjoy creating new early Irish harps which follow the old tradition but which incorporate elements from more than one original or even new decorative or design features.
above left: copy of the medieval Irish 'Trinity College' harp, 2007. Read more about this instrument at the Historical Harp Society of Ireland.
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