IRish Harps for Traditional and historical music Harp and Early Keyboard Repair and Restoration
Back in 1986, I built my very first wire strung harp in my parent's basement workshop out of sheer necessity. There was no access to an instrument and those by the few makers at the time were far out of my budget.
Starting from plans based on the Queen Mary harp, some woodworking advice from my dad and some useful advice from noted builder Jay Witcher, after several month finished my first harp. Little did I know at the time, it would lead to my career in traditional and historical instruments.
Since that time, when not performing and teaching, I've repaired and restored all sorts of non pedal harps, hammered dulcimers and early keyboard instruments. My current projects include a modern Irish style lever harp and the restoration of an original 18th century clavichord.
Note as of December 1st: I am currently not taking commissions for new instruments until I clear my backlog of work, (due in part to work on the O'Carolan album and book) but I am happy to discuss repairs and restorations or appraisal work.
Meanwhile if you have any questions related to building/repair/restorations please see the contact page of this site or email me at ceadachrua (at) gmail (dot) com
Harp No. 64, 2014, after the Castle Otway harp, now at Trinity College, Dublin IE
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