St. Patrick's Day is coming up, so how about a little Irish harp history? This is tailored to complement the Irish Harper Word Search in the St. Patrick's Day bundle in the Fischarper Teachers Pay Teachers Store, but you can use it with your students (or for your own learning!) whether or not you use those activities.
In researching for the worksheet and this post, I've learned some cool stuff. This get-together seems to be a pretty important event in Irish harp history, even though it was on a much smaller scale than many of today's festivals/conferences...there were only about 10 harpers present. Here are 2 reasons for its importance: it was the last time a group of traditional (although I find that term a bit relative, as there was one harper present who was more "traditional" in that he played with his fingernails) Irish harpers congregated, and many of the tunes they played were notated by Edward Bunting.
You can use the wordsearch in the St. Patrick's Day bundle to introduce your students to that festival and the harpers present. 10 Irish harpers present at the 1792 Belfast Harp Festival are to be found in the shamrock-shaped word search. They're listed below, with links (some are Wikipedia) to more information on some. Not a lot of information is known about many of them.
Here are a few other online sources on the 1792 Belfast Harp Festival:
If you'd like to look more into this topic, here are three books that could offer further reading on Irish harpers:
What's your best resource for teaching and learning about the Irish harp and its music?
*clover picture originally from Pixabay
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