The history of the Irish harp dates back to 540A.D. Brought to a high finish here in Ireland.
While its earliest origins are lost, the Irish harp has a certain history dating back at least 1000 years. Brian Boru, the last High King of Ireland (d 1014), is said to have been an accomplished player, but while he is attributed with all manner of skills for which there is no evidence, surviving 12-century annals refer to the Celtic harp being the only music played during the Crusades.
The Celtic social order was on the wane by this time and as the decades pass, harpers lost much of their status, and their numbers declined. Some become travelling musicians, playing their harps and singing, because rich patrons no longer retained them. In many ways, the harp’s success became a problem.
By the 18th century, the Scottish clarsach had disappeared. A century later, the Irish harp, too, was extinct.
Size: approx 4″