The definitive history of the early Gaelic harp has yet to be written. These books are a start. From scholarly sources to popular overviews, they are all curious and worth collecting. Click on an author's name for pricing and purchasing details of their books
Early Music: 'The Early Irish Harp' by Simon Chadwick
James Porter (ed), 'Defining Strains: The Musical Life of Scots in the Seventeenth Century'
Barra Boydell & Kerry Houston (eds), 'Music, Ireland and the Seventeenth Century'
Robert Bruce Armstrong, 'The Irish and Highland Harps'
Roy Johnston, 'Bunting's Messiah'
Keith Sanger and Alison Kinnaird, 'Tree of Strings'
Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society Vol. 102, 1997, contains the article by Diarmaid Ó Catháin, ‘Revd Charles Bunworth of Buttevant, Patron of Harpers and Poets’.
Séamus Ó Brógáin, 'The Irish harp Emblem'
Joan Rimmer, 'The Irish Harp'
Martin van Schaik, 'The harp in the Middle Ages'
George Stevens, 'Historical Notes on the Irish Harp'
Christine Y Delyn, 'Cláirseach, la harpe Irlandaise'
Gráinne Yeats, 'The Harp of Ireland'
NEW Helen Lawlor, 'Irish Harping 1900-2010'
Nora Joan Clark, 'The Story of the Irish Harp'
Charlotte Milligan Fox, 'Annals of the Irish Harpers'
Pekka Toivanen, 'The Pencerdd's Toolkit'
Daniel Tokar & Ann Heymann: 'Dialogue on Historical Wire for Gaelic Harps'
Historical stringing: 'The metallurgy of 17th & 18th century music wire'
Sally Harper, 'Music in Welsh Culture', CMCS, 'Hanes Cerddoriaeth Cymru' (Welsh Music History)
Osian Ellis, 'The Story of the Harp in Wales'
The New History of Ireland Vol. I
Barry Cunliffe, 'The Celts - A Very Short Introduction'