about the harp

Mícheál plays the early Irish harp, also known as the wire-strung Gaelic harp or cláirseach. His instrument is a beautiful historically accurate wire-strung harp (more here) made by David Kortier, and based on the Downhill harp originally played by Donnchadh Ó hAmsaigh (Denis O’Hampsey), the eldest of the harpers at the 1792 Belfast harp meeting.