Blossom Harp Festival – 2021

Festival Program

10:30amFestival OpeningFree to the PublicYouTube
11:00amHarp WorkshopsTicket Holders
1:15pmLunch RecitalFree to the Public
2:30pmHarp Teachers Q&ATicket Holders
4:00pmHarp Makers DiscussionFree to the Public YouTube
7:00pmEvening ConcertFree to the Public

We are running online

We are delighted to welcome you to our online festival for 2021. We are bringing the very best of Irish harp and much more to the comfort of your sitting room.  No matter where you are in the world please join us on the 27th of March 2021.

Our 2021 Tutors

Janet Harbison

Dubliner Janet Harbison came to early prominence winning all national and a number of international harp competitions in the late 1970s. In 1980 she was the first harper to tour to America and Canada with Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann and her career took off. 

While touring widely throughout Britain, Ireland and Europe over the next years, Janet also undertook degrees in Music from Trinity College Dublin (BA and MA), Cork University (MA) and in 1984, moved to Belfast having been awarded a Research Fellowship at the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s University Belfast.

Michelle Mulcahy

Michelle Mulcahy, from Co. Limerick is considered to be one of Ireland’s most talented multi-instrumentalists in Irish traditional music today. Her array of instrumental mastery spans concertina, harp, fiddle, accordion, piano and melodeon. 

She is a much sought after performer, tutor and lecturer at music festivals and music schools worldwide and has toured extensively in Europe, United States, Canada, China, Australia, New Zealand, Asia.

Evening Concert

A gala evening concert, free to the public, will be held at 7:00pm and will feature harpists Janet Harrison, Michelle Mulcahy, Fiana Ni Chonaill, harp ensembles Glissando Harp Ensemble, Blossom Harp Ensemble, Cuisle Harp Ensemble and fiddle players Manus McGuire, Cliodhna Donnellan and Denise Glass. 

Harp Making

Killarney Harps

Killarney Harps was established by Tim O’Carroll in 2011 in the picturesque lakeland town of Killarney, in the heart of Kerry. Kerry’s cultural  history is steeped in Irish traditional music and dance.

The founder, Tim O’Carroll, has over 40 years experience working as a Joiner and Furniture Designer/Manufacturer. The experience gained in working with wood is reflected in the quality of the finished Harps. Tim’s enthusiasm and attention to detail is paramount to his work. 

Kevin Harrington

Kevin Harrington is an instrument maker based in Co. Wicklow, Ireland, primarily focussed on modern Irish harps. Formally trained in violin making at London Metropolitan University (formerly London School of Furniture) and the Newark School of Violin Making, Kevin worked at several violin and double bass repair workshops in London including Thwaites, Bridgewood & Neitzert, and Laurance Dixon. 

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