The path from classical to jazz

The path from classical to jazz

Today’s post is by jazz harpist Amanda Whiting. In this post, Amanda share her personal journey from classical training to jazz improvisation. Amanda will teach two 5-day courses at EIHF15; one intermediate course on how to interpret jazz music, find chords and...
Harping in the Desert Heat of Doha

Harping in the Desert Heat of Doha

Today’s post is by Scottish harpist, singer and educationalist Irene Watt. In this post, Irene shares her personal experience of introducing the harp to the desert heat of Doha.   In January 2012 I left snowy Aberdeen for the blistering heat of Doha, Qatar, in...
Harp Lessons via Skype – Christine Edwards

Harp Lessons via Skype – Christine Edwards

Today’s post is by Christine Edwards, a harp teacher who has embraced the age of virtual music lessons. Christine delivered a workshop on teaching harp over Skype at EIHF 14 as part of The Clarsach Society’s ongoing courses to support new teachers. The...
Session Etiquette – How to Harp in a Crowd

Session Etiquette – How to Harp in a Crowd

Isn’t it great when you have lugged your harp into a crowded room full of musicians in order to attempt a few tunes only for some gallant chap to point at said instrument and declare “Are you going to play it?” The thought comes into your head to...
“If you could eat music…”

“If you could eat music…”

Charlotte Petersen talks about being Anna McLuckie’s clàrsach teacher. Lately, there has been lots of excitement with Anna zooming up and down the country to attend auditions for BBC’s The Voice.  With around 3.5 million YouTube hits to date, she certainly seems to...
Travelling with Harp – Cheyenne Brown

Travelling with Harp – Cheyenne Brown

Travelling with a harp is kind of like travelling with a peacock on your head.  They’re staring, but they’re pretending not to stare, except for the kids, who don’t care if it looks like they’re staring.  It’s a great conversation starter, I love telling people its my...
Homecoming in the Chieftain’s Hall

Homecoming in the Chieftain’s Hall

Today’s post is by John Purser, one of Scotland’s most important cultural ambassadors and award-winning composer, musicologist and music historian. Incredibly (perhaps disgracefully), last year was only my second experience of the Edinburgh International...
Harpies all like to get together

Harpies all like to get together

Today’s post is by Wendy Stewart, a leading Scottish harper, who has been coming to the Harp Festival since our early days in the Teviot Library.  I often sometimes wonder if trombone players get together once a year for a grand gathering. Do aficionados of that...
From small seeds great things grow

From small seeds great things grow

The Harp Festival is a great meeting of minds for harpists and musicians alike and over the years it’s given seed to new projects and musical collaborations. Today’s post is by harpist, singer and broadcaster, Mary Ann Kennedy. In 2009, our Artistic...
It’s over…

It’s over…

Five happy days of harping as promised. Now we take stock and begin the planning for EIHF 2014.  Feedback forms from those who attended are already helping us to build on the many successes of this year’s Festival and see what can be done to deal with problems. You...
Deep-fried Haggis.

Deep-fried Haggis.

This year we’re inviting a number of guest bloggers to write about the Harp Festival. Today’s post is by Park Stickney, a favourite of the Festival for many years. This is Park’s post. In 2000, in Edinburgh for my 2nd EIHF, I realized after listening to the...
Karen Marshalsay Video Blog

Karen Marshalsay Video Blog

This year we’re inviting a number of artists to perform a tune for our Festival Video Blog. Today’s video is by Karen Marshalsay, a master of traditional Scottish harp music, specialising on all three Scottish harps: wire, gut-strung clarsach and bray harp. At EIHF...
Volunteer with Us

Volunteer with Us

This year we’re inviting a number of guest bloggers to write about the Harp Festival. Today’s post is by Louise Douglas, a long-serving volunteer with the Festival. This is Louise’s account of Festival life as a Steward! To Steward or not to Steward? That is the...
Haley Hewitt Video Blog

Haley Hewitt Video Blog

This year we’re inviting a number of artists to perform a tune for our Festival Video Blog. Today’s video is by Haley Hewitt who will be performing at the Festival as part of the Tea Concert (Tues 9th April) alongside fellow RCS students Jessica Burton and Sarah...
Dave Francis – Scottish Music

Dave Francis – Scottish Music

This year we’re inviting a number of guest bloggers to write about the Harp Festival. Today’s post is by Dave Francis,  musician, songwriter and traditional arts activist. One of Scotland’s wonders is the Queen Mary Harp, made in the 15th century, and now residing in...
Bluegrass for the harp

Bluegrass for the harp

This year we’re inviting a number of artists to perform a tune for our Festival Video Blog. Today’s video is by Cheyenne Brown who will be teaching one workshop and a multi-day course at this year’s festival including an Introduction to bluegrass for the...
Back On Board

Back On Board

Today’s post is by Patsy Seddon, one of Scotland’s favourite and most innovative Celtic harp players, and a leading figure in the early development of EIHF. Patsy is now back in the ‘hot seat’ as Joint Artistic Adviser of the Festival. This is...
Scots Music Award

Scots Music Award

In 2012 Isobel Mieras, EIHF Artistic Adviser and long servant of The Clarsach Society, was awarded the Hamish Henderson Services to Traditional Music Award at “Na Trads”, the Scots Music Awards. In this video from the award ceremony, fellow harpers Patsy...
The Beginnings of the Harp Festival

The Beginnings of the Harp Festival

This year we’re inviting a number of guest bloggers to write about the Harp Festival. Today’s post is by John Hoare, one of the founding members of Pilgrim Harps and the Edinburgh Harp Festival. This is John’s account of its beginnings.  Pilgrim harps was formed...
Homecoming and the Reel of Contentment

Homecoming and the Reel of Contentment

‘Homecoming’ and the ‘Reel of Contentment’ were written as the finale tunes to ‘The Song of the Oak and the Ivy’, a piece commissioned by the Edinburgh International Harp Festival to celebrate their 30th anniversary, and the 80th...

EIHF and the Clarsach Society

This year we’re inviting a number of guest bloggers to write about the Harp Festival. Today’s post is by Anne Chorley, Secretary of the London and South East Branch of the Clarsach Society. The Society is the parent body of the Harp Festival. The Edinburgh...
Harps at Hamnavoe

Harps at Hamnavoe

Harps at Hamnavoe – composed by Isobel Mieras Hamnavoe is the old name for Stromness, a busy harbour town in Orkney, which has been visited by Vikings, whalers and tourists through centuries of history. It was written to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the...
EIHF 2012 Review

EIHF 2012 Review

This year we’re inviting a number of guest bloggers to write about the Harp Festival. Today’s post is by Rachel Hair who performed, and taught not one, but two courses at EIHF in 2012. This is Rachel’s review of the Festival. A beautiful warm (unusual for Scotland)...