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Irish Harp Workshops with Hannah Flowers was cancelled. Will be rescheduled for next year.

In the meantime, check out the free concerts, workshops (with handouts), and chances to play along with the 2020 Virtual Edinburgh Harp Festival.  Also, Caird na Cruite has a few workshops and concerns online on Youtube and their Facebook page.

The Somerset Harp Festival is online; access all videos through the end of 2020.

IrishFest Summer School is online and Kim Robertson is teaching a class August 8, linked here.

Harps in the Glen (*Online only this year, usually in West Bend, WI), July 30-Aug 2, 2020 (optional additional days on July 29-30), a Retreat with Kim Robertson and Sunita Staneslow.  Register here (make sure you select the 2020 dates in the dropdown).

Amelia Romano is offering a series of tutorials (with supporting handouts) to re-energize your harp playing: Contact her by email for more information. Cost is $25/class or $100 for all 5 classes.  Please check out the free overview video.  Each tutorial video includes accompanying worksheet with transcriptions, exercises, and instructions for easy learning.
  • #1 Revamping your bass line: A dozen bass line variations to spice up your next arrangement
  • #2 Introducing bass line syncopating: four syncopated left hand rhythms to challenge your right brain
  • #3 Techniques to experiment with timbre: eight techniques to create unique timbre
  • #4 Playing in odd meters: four steps to playing odd meters with comfort
  • #5 Improvisation: seven tools to improvise with freedom
Rachel Hair is offering free workshops taught by ear (sheet music available for a fee) through her Harp at Home series.

Maeve Gilchrist hosts biweekly Harp Talk sessions where she discusses some aspect of playing or musicality. Sheet music available for a fee. Sessions are live on Facebook and available afterwards on her Harp Talk page.

The Harp Gathering is delayed until May 2021, but they have a few free workshops on their main website.

Welcome!
Please explore this website and let us know if we can answer any additional questions.  Here's what you'll find on this site:
News and Events - our local harp circle gatherings, and workshops, concerts, and conferences throughout the US
Harp Classifieds - classified ads from local sellers as well as links to national listings
Harpers/Teachers - your place to go if you're looking for a harp teacher or a harpist for your next special event
Other Harp Sites - our miscellaneous page has information on how you can subscribe to harp publications, find free sheet music on the web, buy music and new harps both locally and online, and join online harp discussion groups

Question? Want to learn more?  Please call Rachel at 608-663-2912 or email for more information.There are harp vendors, teachers, and performers ready to help you find a harp and learn to play it or bring harp music to a special event!

A Little About Us
The Madison Folk Harp Society promotes the performance and study of the folk harp for music lovers of all ages and all skill levels. The group focuses on social and educational gatherings and serves as a source of information about harp groups and activities.

Bimonthly harp circles are the primary group activity throughout the year. Informal gatherings and 'no-harp-circles' (social get-togethers) supplement educational workshops designed to improve our members' music skills.

For information about activities, or to find out how you can try out a harp or get started on your harp journey, you can send email here.


How We Got Started
The Madison Folk Harp Society grew out of the plaython parties Rolliana ("Rollie") Scheckler initiated in 1991. MadHarpers is now the common effort of interested volunteers in the Madison folk harp community. New members are always welcome and all harpers are encouraged to get involved.