Listen to the canorous vibrations of the clarsach (pronounced klɑrsəx), a small Irish or Scottish harp, also known as the Gaelic harp. This beautiful instrument will take centre stage at the 30th annual Edinburgh International Harp Festival, which runs this Friday, April 8 through Wednesday, April 13.
The festival, held at Merchiston Castle School at 294 Colinton Road, will feature clarsach and harp concerts covering various styles, from Gaelic melodies to South American to jazz. There will be classes and workshops for all levels, so don’t fret if you have never plucked a harp string in your life. The festival’s Harpmakers Exhibition will also have various styles of harps on display for purchase or rent.
The Harp Festival is part of Ceilidh Culture, a festival running until April 16 that celebrates Scotland’s traditional arts. Don’t miss it!
All images courtesy of the festival website.