Harp Making


Harp Making – No. 15

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Harp Making – No. 15

The Forgotten Sound. The sweet resonance of the Irish wire-strung, low-headed Harp – Ireland’s national symbol, had not been heard for centuries. This film tells the story of Peter Kilroy from Kenmare, Co. Kerry, who decided to construct one based on the Brian Boru harp in Trinity College, Dublin. We watch him making the body from willow, and the back sounding board from 20,000 year old Bog Pine. The harmonic curve is carved, the pieces assembled, the brass tuning pegs adjusted and the instruments strung. We hear again that ancient, magical sound.     Made in 1989.

Commentary- Michéal Ó Súilleabháin; Music played on the 29 string low-headed harp by Paul Dooley & Corry Kilroy;     Running time – 26 minutes

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