The Harp Glen, now in its second year at the Seaside Highland Games in Ventura, California, provides an opportunity for harpers of various skill levels to demonstrate the beautiful sounds of the clarsach or Celtic harp to a wide audience, many of whom have never been exposed to this quintessentially Scottish instrument. There will also be an opportunity for members of the public, young and not so young, who attend the Games to try their hand at playing a harp under the guidance of a skilled instructor in the Harp Petting Zoo. Harps for rent will also be available, as well as recorded Celtic harp music for those who only wish to enjoy their soothing tones.
In addition to experiencing the melodic music of the Harp members of the public will have an opportunity to learn the history of this ancient instrument and its influence on Celtic life through a series of interpretive panels that also include a brief description of how a harp is constructed.
Clan Currie’s Harp Glen is produced by Ian Skone-Rees, Clan Currie’s Commissioner for the Pacific West. Artistic directors for the program are professional harpers Aedan MacDonnell and Carolyn Sykes.
Clan Currie has an ancient and honorable association with the Harp tracing its connections to thirteenth century Scotland and the Clan’s celebrated role as Chief Bards to the Lords of The Isles and later to the MacDonalds of Clanranald.
In addition to presenting the Harp Glen at the Seaside Highland Games, Clan Currie is the Title Sponsor for the Scottish Harp Society of America’s National Championship and bestows the annual Col. William McMurdo Currie Memorial Scholarship for the Clarsach at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.
The Seaside Highland Games will be held October 12 – 13. For additional information, visit www.seaside-games.com.