Tuamgraney Harp Festival

13th – 15th May 2022

Tuamgraney Harp Festival – 2022

Festival Program

DateTimeEventLocationLink
Friday 13th May9:00pmFestival Opening & SessionNuala’s Bar & Restaurant
Saturday 14th May9:30amWorkshop RegistrationNuala’s Bar & Restaurant
2:00pmHarp Makers Q&ATBC
3:00pmCompetitionsTBC
8:00pmConcertCatholic Church
Sunday 15th May2:00pmOnline Harp WorkshopOnline

3:00pmMasterclassTBC

Welcome Back

We are delighted to announce the dates for our annual Tuamgraney Harp Festival. Our dates for this years festival are Friday 13th to Sunday 15th May 2022

After two years of virtual festivals, we are thrilled to bring you all back to Tuamgraney for a weekend full of music. Please share this exciting news with all your musical friends.

We can’t wait to see you all this May. Keep an eye on our Facebook Page for more information

Harp Tutors 2022

Anne-Marie O’Farrell

Leading harpist of her generation, Dr Anne-Marie O’Farrell from Dublin has performed all over the world as a solo artist, accompanist and in ensembles, and is regularly featured in broadcasts. On lever harp, she is particularly recognized for her expansion of repertoire and levering techniques, as a result of which the world’s leading harpmakers Salvi Harps redesigned their lever harps to become concert instruments.

Catriona McKay

Catriona McKay is a Scottish harper from Dundee, Scotland who spends a good bit of time in Ireland these days exploring the best of West Cork! In her early music years she played piano for her mother’s ballet classes, organ in the church and music at home with her folk singer father.

Niamh O Brien

Niamh is harp player, singer and composer from County Limerick, Ireland. She completed her undergraduate degree in Irish Music and Dance at the Irish World Academy, UL, in 2014. Since graduating she has recorded and performed across Europe and the U.S with various groups including AnTara, Alyth McCormack, The Chieftains and contemporary trad trio, Hoodman Blind.

Evening Concert

A gala evening concert will be held at 8:00pm and will feature harpists Anne-Marie O’Farrell, Caitriona McKay as well as Rebecca McCarthy Kent (Fiddle) and Susan Coleman (Concertina).

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. 

Brian Callan

My name is Brian Callan.
I am originally from Ardee in Co. Louth but I now live outside Craughwell in Co. Galway with my two boys.
My interest in woodwork began in school where I was lucky enough to have a teacher whose passion for the skill inspired me to make a career from it when I left school.
After running my own cabinet making business for several years, I returned to college to become a woodwork teacher and spent seven years teaching. Following the birth of my children, I took a career break to become a stay-at-home dad.
The harp’s accessible sound and therapeutic value makes it the ideal native instrument with which to introduce preschool children to music.
Researching the topic quickly made me realise very few harps were actually made in Ireland, despite the instrument being our national emblem. I started working on many templates until I manufactured a first prototype in December 2011.
I have now developed a range of fully hand-crafted harps made from locally sourced, naturally felled Irish native timber where possible. My harps are designed to suit all ages and abilities