Anywhere you look in Ireland, you cannot avoid the Trinity College Harp. It is used as the official emblem of Ireland. It is synonymous with Irish revolution, culture and a famous black beer. Its unique Irish shape adorns the coats of arms and passports of four different nations!
The Irish didn’t just play harps. For nearly a thousand years the sound was a part of the atmosphere of their lives. Yet for all this…today, bizarrely, most Irish people have never heard their harp play a single note! The Trinity College Harp is a particular type of harp – a Gaelic harp. These types of harps died out in the 19th century. They were a central feature of Irish life for a very long time.
This book attempts to bring back to life – in all its technicolor brilliance – the world and the music (downloadable inside) of the Gaelic harps through the prism of the most famous one – which experts now agree was one of the most technologically advanced musical instruments of its time. This is a cultural story that every Irish person should know, and indeed anybody with an interest in the music history of the Western World.
Watch a video about the book here.