Wednesday Workshops: May 2021

This month I will be offering 4 workshops, divided by topic and level.  Workshops take place on Wednesdays 8.00-9.15pm (Irish time).
An audio recording will be sent to participants in advance so you can familiarise yourself with the tune ahead of each workshop. The workshop itself will be taught by ear, live on zoom and will be video recorded with an access link sent afterwards so you can review at your leisure or catch up if you couldn’t make the live workshop. Sheet music will also be provided.

Each workshop is €25 euro, payable to

The topics are as follows:
May 12: Slow Airs (Advanced)
Tune: Ag Taisteal na Blarnan
This is one of my favourite slow airs, even though it’s fairly tricky. This workshop will be by ear only, with no sheet music provided.  We will also talk about ornamentation in the context of slow airs and look at left hand ideas for the tune.

May 19: Dance Tunes (Elementary/Intermediate)
Tune: Tooreendarby Polka
This workshop will include 2 versions of the tune, one with a very easy bass and the second version introducing syncopation, walking bass and damping in the left hand. I find this tune great for getting comfortable with syncopation!

May 26: Dance Tunes (Intermediate / Advanced)
Tune: The Rock of the Clyde (Brid Harper’s Jig)
One of my favourite jigs, with some lovely chord progressions in the 2nd part of the tune and lots of opportunity to work on walking basses and damping in the left hand.

June 2: Harpers’ Tunes (Upper Elementary/Intermediate)
Tune: Captain O’Kane

We will learn this well-known melody and talk about ideas for arranging pieces by Carolan and other 17th and 18th century harpers, as the approach is a bit different to what we have been doing in the dance tunes. We will also work on ornamentation, in particular the double grace note.

Spring 2021, Irish Harp Online – Virtual Harp Camp : Build your own!

Intensive private or small group tuition online… organise a customised workshop or performance with your harp circle, friends or students. Choose your preferred dates and times, topics you want to cover etc
Email to discuss the possibilities!

 May 15-16 2021, Feile na hInse (Online)

Gráinne will be doing an intermediate harp workshop and performing in the concert, featuring a variety of musicians.
See inishowenmusic for details and to register

June 18-20 2021, Gulf Coast Cruinniu (Online)

Gráinne will be teaching an intermediate/advanced harp workshop live on zoom.  There will also be afternoon workshops / sessions and concerts featuring a variety of musicians.
See for details and to register.

June 27 – July 2 2021, An Chuirt Chruitireachta (Online)

Gráinne will be teaching at this festival, with many other acclaimed tutors.
See for full programme and to register.

July 11-16 2021, Swannanoa Gathering Online

Gráinne will be teaching a beginners and an intermediate/advanced harp workshop, as well as a concertina class for all levels, live on zoom.  There will also be sessions and concerts featuring a variety of musicians.
See swangathering for details and to register.

July 22-25 2021, Somerset Folk Harp Festival Online

Join Gráinne and a host of other harpers for workshops (live and and pre-recorded), concerts, sessions and more…
See for details and to register.