Daniel Tokar and Ann Heymann
Dialogue on Historical Wire for Gaelic Harps.
Edited and introduced by Simon Chadwick
Published by Early Gaelic Harp Info, St Andrews, 2011
58 pages, card cover.
The results of a series of experiments making historical alloys, drawing them into wire, and testing them on replica harps.
£13 plus postage; Click here for more information and to order
Ann & Charlie Heymann
Cláirseach: The Lore of the Irish Harp
in Éire-Ireland, Fall 1991
This edition of the quarterly Irish Studies journal includes an article (p. 82-95) in which Ann and Charlie set out their theories on the mythical and symbolic frameworks behind the early Gaelic harp traditions. Covers the 'sister' strings, the three components of the harp, left orientation, etc. Long out of print and very hard to find.
One copy available secondhand, £25. Please contact me for availability and purchasing information.
Secrets of the Gaelic Harp
Clairseach Publications, Minneapolis, 1988
"Secrets" was the first and definitive tutor book for learning fingernail technique on the Gaelic wire-strung harp. Based around the tunes traditionally taught to student harpers, it included graded excercises, and many other tunes fully arranged for Gaelic harp. It also had poems, stories and decorative illustrations, and there was also an accompanying cassette of the tunes and exercises. Now out-of-print, "Secrets" is succeeded by the simplified and clarified First Tunes.
Available for sale secondhand. Spiral bound paperback, previous owners sticker on title page, otherwise in good clean condition complete with its original black-and-red errata slip. £100. Also, a second copy, spiralbound, no errata slip, some staining to page edges, with dedication by the author. £75. contact me.