July 25th - 29th 2021

The Historical Harp Society of Ireland proudly presents our 19th Scoil na gCláirseach as a fully online festival.

5 Days

34 Live Events

5 Talks

3 Concerts

Live & Interactive Events

Talk to an Irish Music Master

These relaxed, interview-style sessions allow you to listen to, and question, recognised master musicians in the living Gaelic tradition. Listening to their embedded knowledge and style, often honed over generations in a family, will hopefully help you to make your own music sound more authentically Gaelic.

Player Sessions

Coached by some of the world’s best performers and tutors in the field, these range in level from Beginner+ to professional.


Interactive presentations – many hands-on – on a wide variety of subjects, allowing you to develop your expertise and artistic skills. Also included: a live, virtual museum visit to the world’s most significant collection of surviving historical Irish harps; inspect famous Irish harps from the comfort of your own home!

Relax in our Tea Rooms

Three times each day, join your fellow festival-goers in your choice of four communal social areas, with a cup of your favourite brew! This is the heart of our festival where you get to mingle freely, converse, and share ideas with other festival goers, meeting Scoil 'family' or new friends.

Virtual Coaching

A festival service to connect you to expert, international tutors for one-to-one coaching, tailored to your exact needs and wishes, at a time to suit you. Suitable for Beginner+ to professional players. Click on 'Virtual Coaching' in the navigation bar at the top of the page to learn more.

View the live event programme

Pre-recorded Events


Experience some of Ireland's foremost solo harpists, singers, pipers and fiddle players in two festival concerts: Celebrating Carolan’s 350th Birthday (held over from 2020) and Master Soloists of Irish Music. Access any time of day.


Listen to five festival talks, given by experts in the field – from introductory presentations to the latest cutting-edge research in early-Irish-harp studies. Access any time of day.

View the pre-recorded programme


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