The sound of gold strings

Brendan Ring has just posted his first video clip playing the new Trinity College Harp by William MacDonald of Skye. This one is strung all in gold, and as you will hear, has found its voice early. Enjoy the lush sound of Brendan’s playing. The tune is a piobaireachd entitled Clan Ranald’s March to Edinburgh.

See and hear for yourself what you may think of the sound of gold throughout the instrument. Some commentators on the WireHarp list think gold isn’t worth the investment, but I heartily disagree. If you’d like a closer look at the instrument, William MacDonald has posted a video clip:


New Scoil na gClairseach and Harp Videos pages

Hello, friends.  I’ve added two new pages.  One is a work in progress, with photos from this year’s Scoil na gCláirseach in Kilkenny, Ireland.

The 1809 class at Scoil.

The other is a page of video clips of several harpers playing, in some cases, replicas of historical instruments.

Yesterday afternoon, Sam, Aran and I met at Sam’s house and spent the afternoon playing clarsach together, and yacking about music.  It was the second time we’ve gotten together since Ann Heymann’s visit, and we’ve decided to make it a monthly event.  If you play wire strung harp and live in the Portland metro area, contact me, and I’ll help you get connected to this small group of harpers.

Happy New Year’s Eve.  –Sue

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