christmas collection janet harbisonHello All...

I hope that everyone finds something ‘In the Bleak Mid-Winter’ that will cheer and warm the heart. My gift to your this Christmas is the recording from my Irish Youth Harp Orchestra in 2006 (with the wonderful child soloist Áine Hayes) is my gift to you today (click for your free download).

christmas collection vol.1 001 600x600 croppedIf you would like to play along with the recording, you will find it in my Christmas Collection volumes. This tune is in Volume 2) and both volumes are now downloads from my website shop on a special 2-volume offer. 




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Saturday 26th November

This season has been full of good things for me as I have started on my research journey back at TU Dublin and the Conservatoire of Music, which used to be the Dublin College of Music where I started my formal music lessons in the late 1950s! I will be back there on Saturday for the Harps Plus event – and the launch of my book of ensembles from the early Belfast Harp Orchestra days.
Download the programme for the day here – and maybe see you there!




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The Belfast Harp Orchestra
Arrangements from 1792

This book contains music from the 1792 Belfast Harpers’ Assembly that I arranged for my Belfast Harp Orchestra in 1992 – and each piece is arranged in 2-4 parts ranging from easy to advanced so there is a part for everyone!

Included are tunes you know such as Carolan’s Concerto, Planxty Johnston, Molly MacAlpin and ‘Thugamar Féin an Samhradh Linn – We Brought the Summer With Us’, but also some unknown tunes such as ‘Open the Door Softly O’, the haunting ‘Irish Lullaby’ and the cheeky song ‘The Adventurous Rake’.

It will be available from my website shop from Saturday 26th November at 5pm as well as on the Harp Ireland website - so look out for it!


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My Tutor Books have a new look and they now come with supplementary volume inserts. These are ‘The Tunes Books’ so friends and family can join the playing of your music with you on any instrument!

And the
Tutor Books  complete with the The Tunes Books inserts for Levels 1 and 2 are now available as downloads.

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Also available as downloads now all 5 volumes of the Easy Irish Dance Tunes Collection with volume 6 "The Fake Book" for your friends to join you.

Besides the Download Tutor Books, The Christmas Collection also available are more  Original Solos and Arranged Harp Solos, with more Music Book Collections coming soon.




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Booking is now open for the Donegal Harp Weeks 2023

JULY 2 - 8  Adults Players (Sunday to Saturday)

JULY 9 - 15 Teachers and Players of all ages (Saturday or Sunday to Saturday)

My 2023 Summer-schools will be held at the Fairgreen Holiday Village in the famous Donegal town of Dungloe, very close to Bunbeg, and all the places we love!
Week 1 is a regular summer-school for adult players of all standards and backgrounds
Week 2 is specifically designed for TEACHERS in traditional (oral) teaching with Volunteering  HARP STUDENTS of all ages to practise on!!

Click here for more!

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March 11-12 Warwick Harp Weekend - Group training course

April 1-2 Warwick Harp Weekend - Group training course

May 8-12 May Harp Week, Warwick - Individual tailored training with some group sessions

May 13-14 Warwick Harp Weekend - Group training course

June 6-9 Warwick Harp Summer School - 4 day Group training Summer Festival

July 2-8 & 9-15 Donegal Harp Summer School
Week 1 - Adult Players (Sunday to Saturday)

Week 2 - Teachers and Players of all ages (Saturday or Sunday to Saturday)

July 24 - 28 Marlborough College Summerschool - 2 courses available
The Harp of the British Isles - For Improvers - mornings
Celtic Harp for Beginners - afternoons
Visit for more details

Read more and book Janet's Courses here


So, have a great Christmas season everyone, stay in touch and hopefully we will catch up in 2023!
Nollag Shona (Happy Christmas in Irish)