The South Wind
The Kesh Jig
The Blackthorn Stick
The Eagle’s Whistle/Fead an Iolair
Elizabeth Kelly’s Favourite
The Little Fair Cannavans
Be Thou My Vision
Jesus Be In My Heart
Cahan O’Hara (by Turlough O’Carolan)
Eleanor Plunkett (by Turlough O’Carolan)
The Fairy Child / An Leanbh Sí
Boy from the Erne / Buachaill ón Éirne
Notes from the arranger:
Katy Bustard is the founder of Causeway Harp School: a small harp school on the north coast of County Antrim, N. Ireland. ‘Traditional Irish Music for Small Harps’ is the culmination of her work with beginning harp players on small harps (20–26 string). These tunes are ideal for beginning-lower intermediate harp players and are suitable for grades Step-Grade III in Traditional Irish Music.
The book contains a wide variety of Irish traditional tune types: O’Carolan, marches, airs, jigs, slip jigs, polkas, hymns and slow airs. Katy has selected tunes that sound especially beautiful on the small harp and that her pupils thoroughly enjoy playing.
There is a 20 string and 26 string arrangement of each tune, with the 26 string arrangements including some simple forms of ornamentation.
To accommodate harps without levers, all the arrangements in this book can be played with the harp tuned in the key of G Major, with the exception of the 26 string arrangement of Elizabeth Kelly’s Favourite, which has an F natural in the accompaniment.
This is an ideal resource for harp teachers and for those learning harp themselves at home.
“I’ve just received mine today and it’s just fab Katy! A great beginners book with a super choice of tunes.” – Sharon Carroll, Carroll School of Harp
“This book will be a great addition for anyone who has one of my Learner 26 harps or anyone who has built one of my Build a Harp kits. Katy is an excellent teacher whom I highly recommend.” – Brian Waugh, Turmennan Learner Harps, Build a Harp, Ireland