Sunday 28th June to Friday 3rd July 2020
Seize this opportunity to become immersed in all aspects of traditional music for Irish harp. Develop skills and repertoire from ancient harpers’ tunes to songs and slow airs to jigs and reels.
Bígí linn agus bainigí taitneamh as togha agus rogha an cheoil le cruitirí den scoth. Have the experience of a lifetime at An Grianán, Termonfechin, Co. Louth.
Tá fáilte roimh chách idir óg agus aosta. We accept harpers of all ages, standards and styles from absolute beginners to advanced players. Participants are graded and assigned to mentors who can offer them the best opportunity for improvement.
Children under 10 years must be accompanied by an adult.
See our Child Welfare Policy
Tutoring sessions are conducted on a modular basis so that participants can benefit from a collaborative multidisciplinary teaching approach. A full range of harping techniques are covered and include:
If participants have specific requirements, we'll endeavour to ensure that they are addressed during the week.
A highlight of An Chúirt Chruitireachta is our popular evening public concert series. Featuring world-renowned harpers from Ireland and further afield, this series is a major annual showcase celebrating Irish harping.
Meet our young harpers at our pop-up opening afternoon concert on Sunday 28th June. Watch out for our Festival lunchtime harp series at The Tholsel in Drogheda featuring our rising harp stars and friends.
Listen to our expert harpers at An Chúirt Chruitireachta’s afternoon workshops. Festival mentors and workshop specialists give participants an opportunity to experience world-class performers in a relaxed interactive setting.
Relax at our evening harp sessions where tunes are played and harp friendships made.
We welcome harp makers from all corners of the world to our annual harp exhibition where we give pride of place to our premier Irish harp makers. This will take place Sunday 28th June at An Grianán 2.30-5pm
An Grianán in the village of Termonfechin, Co Louth, is easily accessible as it is just 50km from Dublin and is near the M1. There is a regular train and bus service between Dublin and Drogheda, the nearest town. A bus and taxi service is available between Drogheda and An Grianán, the Festival venue, where comfortable accommodation is provided, along with excellent food and all the facilities needed to ensure a thoroughly enjoyable week.
Aibhlín McCrann has been involved with the Irish harp as a performer, teacher, arranger and organiser for many years and has been a strong force for encouraging the integration of the Irish harp into mainstream Irish traditional music. She studied Concert Harp with Caitríona Yeats and Mercedes Garvey and holds BA Hons, BMus degrees from University College Dublin.
Aibhlín has extensive radio, television and recording experience and has devised and arranged music for a number of film scores and television series. Her arrangements feature in Cairde na Cruite’s Sounding Harps publications and she was co-editor of Rogha na gCruitirí (100 tunes for Irish harp) published in 2010. She is currently Chair of Cruit Éireann, the recently established national umbrella organisation for the harp in Ireland. She has served on the board of the Irish Traditional Music Archive and was a member of The Arts Council, An Chomhairle Ealaíon for two terms. She served as Deputy Chair of the Arts Council 2012 - 2016.
The Festival mentors/tutors are drawn from the foremost figures and in the world of Irish harping represent some of the most respected and experienced teachers in Ireland and include a number of internationally renowned performers. Harpists who have taught at the festival in the past include:
Our public concerts are major annual showcases for Irish harping and feature world renowned harpers from Ireland and further afield.
Our harp festival also features a series of daily workshops at An Grianán where festival mentors and workshop specialists share their knowledge with participants in a relaxed and informal setting.
As part of our outreach programme we will once again be working with Louth Music Generation harp students and visiting local schools for ’hands on harps’ sessions in the lead-up to the festival. The 2019 programme included our Rising Stars harp lunchtime series at the Tholsel in Drogheda - Louth's heritage town - on the Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of the festival. Concerts are free to the public and begin 1pm.
The above fees include all tuition, concerts/workshops, accommodation and full board. An Grianán offers single and double rooms ensuite. Space is limited, so apply NOW to ensure your place! Applications with €100 deposit and €120 for Harp Hire, if you wish to hire a harp, as soon as possible please.
Please note that all deposits are non-refundable and must be paid in Euro.
Deposits may be paid online, or if you prefer, post Cheques/Deposits made payable to Cairde Na Cruite to:
Cairde Na Cruite, c/o Rachel Duffy - 133 Corke Abbey, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.
For inter-bank transfer please reference your name on the transfer. Our EFT details are as follows
Account name: Cairde na Cruite
IBAN: IE89 ULSB 9863 3010 892777
SWIFT/BIC: ULSB IE2D
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