The Music of the Harp

Today we bring you a pro­gramme devot­ed to the music of the harp — in all its forms, from Celtic and even ear­li­er instru­ments to mod­ern orches­tral mul­ti-ped­al harps; while at the same time we include gen­res that range from tra­di­tion­al, to Ear­ly Music, to clas­si­cal, to con­tem­po­rary instru­men­tal, rock and jazz. There’s even some music from Ancient Rome.

You’ll hear today from Loreena McKen­nitt and Alan Stiv­ell; from David Snell; from extra­or­di­nar­i­ly tal­ent­ed singer-song­writer Joan­na New­som (pic­tured) — includ­ing her lat­est triple-album set, Have One On Me (which, to be hon­est, includes some tracks that are piano- rather than harp-based), and Deb­o­rah Hen­son-Conant. And a great many more, includ­ing the Harp Con­sort, formed to pro­vide con­tin­uo parts for Ear­ly Music. There’s even a track from the Bea­t­les. Can you guess which one?

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world now at, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link:

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