AIHF is delighted to announce that we will be coming to you online from 23-25 October 2020.
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.
Join us online for harp tutorials, concerts and discussions.

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