Programme of Events

Friday - 22nd October

Casadh na Taoide
The Turning of the Tide

This film by Heavy Man Films captures the essence of the Casadh na Taoide project, with particular focus on selected artists from each island, including  Andrew Murray (Inishbofin),  Cathy O’Toole (Inishturk),  Beth Moran (Clare Island),  Proinsias Mac a’ Bhaird (Arranmore) and Mary Lavelle Burke (Achill).

Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Saturday - 23rd October

Available All Weekend
Pre Recorded Tutorials & Workshops

Online Harp Tutorials
Complete Beginner Tutorial Series – Úna Ní Fhlannagáin
Intermediate – Laoise Kelly, Eilís Lavelle, Gráinne Hambly
Advanced – Laoise Kelly, Michael Rooney, Séamus Ó Flatharta, Aisling Lyons

Geometric Visualisation – Harmony WorkshopSteve Cooney
Using the system of Geometric Visualisation of music which was developed over 30 years ago to simplify the notation and calculation of music: rhythm, melody and harmony. It is aimed at early learners and those with difficulties reading staff notation. This workshop will focus on the calculation of scales and modes, and calculation and practice of basic harmony.

Children’s Bilingual Story:
The Dagda’s Harp

The Dagda was the chieftain of the Tuatha dé Danann, he owned many magical items but his prized possession was Uaitne, his harp. This enchanting, bilingual tale recounts the story of what happened when the Formorian people stole the Dagda’s harp. A beautifully illustrated crankie scroll brings the story to life and transports viewers back to our ancient past.

Illustration: Pamela Gray, Music: Laoise Kelly, Narrator: Martán Ó Mongáin

Edward Bunting In Manuscript & Print

This presentation by Eilís Lavelle focuses on the development of two specific melodies found in the unpublished manuscripts – Molly McAlpin and Fanny Power. These two tunes are used as examples to demonstrate Bunting’s style of alteration for the purpose of his publications. The difference between manuscript notations and Bunting’s publication of the melodies will be explored.


Steve Cooney, TG4 Gradam Ceoil, Composer of the Year, 2021


Caoimhe, Séamus & Rónán Ó Flatharta
Cafferkey Crew, supported by Cruit Éireann Harp Ireland
Eilís Lavelle & Niall Hanna, TG4 Gradam Ceoil, Singer of the Year, 2021

Sunday - 24th October

Virtual Walk:
The Paul Henry Trail

‘Achill…. called to me as no other place had ever done’ – Paul Henry

Achill Island’s unique and breath-taking landscape has provided both a home and inspiration to many artists over the years. Join us on a walk following in the footsteps of artist Paul Henry and admire the views which influenced so much of his work.

An Overview Of The Old Irish Harp Tradition

This talk discusses the history of the Irish harp from the earliest times through to the end of the tradition around 200 years ago. Looking at the old harps, and harpers, and their stories, and how musicians today are trying to re-connect to the old tradition.

Simon Chadwick, in association with Historical Harp Society of Ireland.


Siobhán Armstrong, in association with Historical Harp Society of Ireland.


Coda & Freda Hatton, with special thanks to Steve Cooney
Aisling Lyons
Laoise Kelly & Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn