Harp Gathering

    Clan Currie presents 7th Annual West Coast Harp Gathering

In a letter (linked here) the president of the Clan Currie Society, Mr. Robert Currie, extended his personal invitation to all harpers to become a part of this annual event intended to promote this historic instrument.  In recognition of this very special event, the Seaside Highland Games is offering specially marked tickets to all harpers wishing to participate.

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The Harp Glen is located about half way down Clan Row, between the Alex Beaton Stage and Fiddlers Hall, right across the street from "The Greenhouse." Click here to see its location on our fairgounds map.

The Seaside Highland Games will again host this very special Harp Gathering October 13 and 14, 2018. Sponsored by the Clan Currie Society the event will provide a detailed history of harp development from the earliest times, its adoption by the ancient Gaels, and the important role it played in the ancient Bardic dynasty of MacMhuirich. The MacMhuirichs served for over 700 years as professional poets to the Lords of the Isles and later to the MacDonalds of Clanranald among other prominent Highland clans and families. The ancient and historic MacMhuirich name and its anglicized equivalent Currie can be found throughout the Western Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

In addition to shedding light on the fabulous and rich history of the harp this event will showcase actual harps, and the elaborate method of construction that results in what many say is the one of the most intensely pleasurable musical instruments, both to play and to hear.

There will of course be harpers playing and an opportunity for them to learn from recognized professionals who will provide feedback in areas such as expression, technical ability and interpretation.

If all this motivates you to try playing the harp yourself there will be harpers on hand to show you the basic skills of plucking the strings and making music. And, if you already have some skill and would like to volunteer to assist and/or participate in the play, we will place a link to the registration form here.

The Clan Currie Society is the Title Sponsor of the National Scottish Harp Championship of America and sponsor of our own Harp Glen.

Here are some highlights of activities here at the Glen.

• Harp Ensemble performance of harp players of all levels.

• Solo Harp Performances by professional harpers.

• Harp Ring where harp players will share tunes and stories.

• Harp "Petting Zoo" where the general public can actually sit behind a harp and try their hand.

• Mini Harp Lessons will show you the basic skills of plucking strings and making music.

The Clan Currie Society is pleased to be working with the Seaside Highland Games in showcasing this very pleasurable as well as educational Harp Gathering event.

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