|Irish wire harp appealed to me because of its beautiful shimmering bell-like tones that rang longer than any other type of harp I knew of. And also I found them easy to learn and easy to play! |
I'm of Irish and Scots heritage on my mother's side and I think my grandparents would be very proud to know I play the Celtic wire harp (contemporary version). 😇
|Here are some photos of my two Irish wire harps.|
My new Irish wire harp named Esabelle, was built in fall 2015 by Stoney End Harps of Red Wing, MN. She is a beautiful little cross-strung lap harp in walnut wood. I had her made in memory of Isabelle, my 13 year old tuxedo kitty who died of complications from diabetes on May 7, 2014.
There is a resin paw print inside the harp that was made by one of the kind supportive vet techs at Burlington Emergency Veterinary Services and a little inscription on handmade paper with pressed flowers:
Built Autumn 2015
By Stoney End Harps
In memory of
b. 2001 - May 7, 2014
Esabelle's strings sing for all rescue pets & diabetic kitties everywhere ~
|Here is a photo of my new harp with Jasmine (who loves harp!)|
|My first Irish wire harp is my 36-string Triplett Luna, built in 2009 by Triplett Harps of San Luis Obispo, CA. This harp is the reason why I totally lost interest in my pipe organ studies (which I was not really getting into anyway!) and decided I much preferred New Age music over formal concert hall stuff. I finished getting my classes done, graduated out and moved on... to this wonderful harp!
The first time I heard one of these while I was struggling with music assignments that weren't very suitable (or interesting) for me was a revelation! I had to keep going back and listening to this strange, beautiful, exotic harp at the end of the day and getting the vaguely guilty feeling I would soon be leaving one instrument for another, and it might be permanent (and a little expensive to make the switch). After graduating, surviving a miserable degree recital as a non-performer on the wrong instrument, and at least one trip to Ireland in search of harps, history and lessons, I made the commitment and had Triplett build my special harp for me. Seven years later, no regrets!
|Here are some photos of my wire harp, with Jasmine in the harp chair! |
|Celtic knot inlay design on pillar cap||Curly maple soundboard|
|Toni sits with my two harps. Here you can see the size difference between a floor harp and a lap harp.|
|Here is a YouTube video I made; it's a memorial/awareness video I made for feline diabetes. I arranged the Gregorian Regina Caeli Laetare at sight and played a spontaneous chant improvisation on my harp for background accompaniment.|