Achill International Harp Festival is online from 23-25 October 2020. Join us this weekend for harp tutorials, concerts, children’s story time, virtual walks and lots more. This year due to Covid-19 restrictions instead of bringing international artists to Achill we are thrilled to be showcasing the best of Irish performers to the world stage.

Artists 2020

Laoise Kelly

Cormac De Barra
& Anne-Marie O’Farrell

Dermot Byrne
& Steve Cooney

Ursula  Burns

Richard Allen

Sinéad, Gráinne
Mícheál & Darragh Healy



Eilís Lavelle
& Niall Hanna

Úna Ní Fhlannagáin

William Jackson

Gráinne Hambly

Programme 2020 

Friday 23rd October


Concert (Streamed Online):

Siar / Cormac De Barra & Anne-Marie O’Farrell / Dermot Byrne & Steve Cooney

Saturday 24th October


Children’s Story Telling (Streamed Online):

Join Úna Ní Fhlannagaín to hear the enchanting story of Labhraí Loingseach – The King With the Donkey’s Ears! Bi-lingual storytelling for children of all ages.

10.15 – 10.45am

Harp Workshop (Ticketed Event):

Intermediate- Sineád Healy

11 – 11.30am

Harp Workshop (Ticketed Event):

Intermediate – Laoise Kelly

11.45am – 12.15pm

Harp Workshop (Ticketed Event)

Advanced  – Alannah Thornburg

12.30 – 1pm

Harp Workshop (Ticketed Event):

Advanced – Richard Allen

12 – 1.30pm

Cruit Éireann Meeting


Lecture (Ticketed Event):

In Association with Cruit Éireann, Using the Small Harp in Music Therapy – William Jackson. Facilitated by Mayo Medical Academy,  Mayo University Hospital and NUI Galway.


Concert (Streamed Online):

Healys | Eilís Lavelle & Niall Hanna | Ursula Burns

Sunday 25th October

10 – 10.30am

Harp Workshop (Ticketed Event):

Intermediate – Eilís Lavelle

10.45 – 11.15am

Harp & Song Workshop (Ticketed Event):

Intermediate – Ursula Burns

11 – 11.30am

Harp  Workshop (Ticketed Event):

Advanced – Anne-Marie O’Farrell

11.45 – 12.15pm

Harp Workshop (Ticketed Event):

Advanced – Laoise Kelly

12.15 – 12.45pm

Harp Workshop (Ticketed Event):

Advanced  – Gráinne Hambly


Virtual Walk with Tomás McLoughlin, introduced by Mary Jo O’Keeffe

Join Tomás Mc Loughlin on a virtual walk across the breathtaking Achill landscape. Mary-Jo O’Keeffe will provide an historical perspective on this extraordinary experience. 


Film (Streamed Online):

The Making of an Achill Harp – Graham Wright

A behind the scenes look at what is involved in making a harp at our annual harp making workshop.


Concert (Streamed Online in association with TG4 and Molscéal):

Alfi | Richard Allen | Laoise Kelly

Graham Wright and Kevin Harrington

Join master craftsmen Graham Wright and Kevin Harrington for a unique introduction to harp making in a four day harp making workshop. The Achill Harp is a 26-string harp made from Finnish Birch laminate, with F & C blades, removable legs and tuning key.


Graham Wright and Kevin Harrington