The Clarsach is the ancient word for the small (non-pedal) harp, the oldest of Scotland's traditional instruments. This gentle instrument was once so prized by royalty that harpers were kept on staff to play for social occasions such as poetry readings, as well as affairs of state, such as a coronation. Regrettably, as the ranks of the nobility declined, harpers became itinerant musicians, going from town to town paying whenever they could find an audience. later, British rulers would try to band the harp, leading it to the edge of extinction. But then, at the turn of the 20th century, beginning in Scotland, Ireland, and North America, there was renewed interest in the Clarsach. By the 1970s, interest in the history, music, musicians, and technique of the Clarsach brought multiple aspects of the ancient instrument to the forefront, where we celebrate it today. Now the Clarsach is not limited to royalty or angles, it is enjoyed in concerts, afternoon teas, weddings, and it has proven to provide healing therapy.
We are proud to be a part of the is history and proud to support a new generation of harpers.