call it a "jaw harp" or "Jewï¿½s
harp". The Gaelic word is tromb, which has
become the English word "trump". The Scots
of the Lochaber district were particularly skilled,
and thus the moniker Lochaber Trump.
the Scots emigrated to the United States, the Lochaber
trump traveled with them, and the twang of the Jewï¿½s
harp has now become associated with Appalachia as
the dance and fiddle styles that have been passed
down over the generations.
you would like to try your hand at twanging the
trump; a workshop and competition will take place
on Friday at 2:30 in the Harp tent. For the winner,
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games is proud to
offer the trophy designed by premiere trump player
Lindsay Porteous. Some trumps will be available
for use and/or purchase at the Harp tent.