Achill International Harp Festival

Oct 25 2019 - Oct 28 2019
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Achill Island, Achill Island - Acaill, Mayo,

Achill International Harp Festival shines a light on the harp as a significant symbol of Irish culture while also showcasing the very best of world music, song and dance. A family friendly festival with events for all interests and all ages.

The 2019 Achill International Harp Festival will run from Friday 25th October to Monday 28th October in the beautiful surroundings of Achill Island on the Wild Atlantic Way.

The festival is focused on the harp as a significant symbol of Irish culture while also highlighting world music, song and dance.

Events include concerts followed by a late night festival club, recitals, harp workshops, masterclasses, dance and song workshops, fun filled family music workshops, talks, walks, exhibitions, archives and much more.

Various styles and levels of harp workshops, from complete beginners, through intermediate to advanced are taught by the visiting international harpers. Tutors for 2019 are Catriona McKay (Scotland), Ben Creighton Griffiths (Wales) and Alberto De La Rosa (Mexico), they will join Irish tutors Kathleen Loughnane, Elaine Hogan, Síle Denvir, Úna Ní Fhlannagáin and Laoise Kelly to teach harp students of all ages and abilities.

Other artists performing and teaching at the festival include Liam Ó Maonlaí, Ross Ainslie, Diarmaid Moynihan, Nell Ní Chróinín, Martin Brunsden and five piece Mexican band Tlen Huicani, to name but a few. Mixed instrument workshops will give festival attendees, who may or may not be harpers, an opportunity to learn tunes from these outstanding artists.

The very youngest festival goers and their families will enjoy fun filled participatory events with a chance to hear and play musical instruments both strange and familiar, hear songs and stories and quite possibly meet some pirates!!

Those participating in the four day harp making workshop, the only one of its kind in Ireland, will make and take home their very own 26 string Achill harp.

Achill welcomes music lovers from all over the world to the island this October bank holiday weekend. With over 35 events there is something to suit all ages and all interests.