Cairde na Cruite

Friends of the Harp

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About Cairde na Cruite

Cairde na Cruite, since its establishment in 1960, has played a central role in the revival and development of interest in the Irish harp. While its original objectives espoused the provision of expert tuition and the publication of music for the Irish harp, its mission has evolved considerably over the last 50+ years and the society has made a significant contribution to the development of a vibrant dynamic role for the Irish harp, and its positioning within Irish traditional music.

Currently the society is actively involved in:

  • promoting interest in the Irish harp nationally and internationally,
  • continuing to integrate the wire and gut strung harps with mainstream Irish music through the medium of the Irish language where appropriate,
  • facilitating the provision of teachers of the Irish harp,
  • introducing a wider audience base to the ancient courtly harping tradition through information giving, recording and performance of the music,
  • publishing music for the Irish harp,
  • facilitating harp-hire on a short term basis for beginners.

Cairde na Cruite offers a wide range of activities which are carried out in a voluntary capacity by its committee. Apart from its annual festival, An Chúirt Chruitireachta, Cairde na Cruite

  • acts as an initial point of contact and information for anybody interested in the Irish harp,
  • organises 3 student concerts annually,
  • publishes an annual online harp newsletter called An Cruitire
  • publishes collections of music for the Irish harp, most recently: Rogha na gCruitirí, Harpers’ Choice, 100 Traditional Tunes for the Irish Harp.

 

Committee

Uachtarán / President:  Sheila Larchet Cuthbert

Cathaoirleach / Chairperson:  Áine Ní Dhubhghaill

Festival Director:  Aibhlín McCrann

Rúnaí / Secretary:  Helen Price

Minutes Secretary: Fiona Gryson

Cisteoir / Treasurer:  Kieran Cummins

Assistant Treasurer: Dearbhail Finnegan

Eagarthóir Litirnuachta / Newsletter Editor:  Caitríona Rowsome

Scéim Ligin Cruite / Harp hire Coordinator:  Caitríona Rowsome

Agus / Including:
Cormac de Barra, Kathleen Loughnane, Rachel Duffy, Deirdre Ní Bhuachalla-Malone, Méabh McKenna, Síofra Ní Dhubhghaill, Tara Viscardi

 

 

Cruit Éireann
Harp Ireland

Cruit Éireann, Harp Ireland, is a collective of harp players working together to promote our national instrument, gain recognition for its unique status and secure its sustainability.

Cruit Éireann Website

 

 
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