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September 5, 2014

Clan Currie announces Third Annual Harp Glen

at 2014 Seaside Highland Games

Celtic Harpers gather to celebrate the history and music

of this ancient Bardic instrument

Ventura, CA: The Clan Currie Society will hold its third annual Harp Glen at Seaside Highland Games October 11 & 12, 2014. One of the goals of the Harp Glen is to introduce the harp to a wider group of people who may not be familiar with the instrument. Young children and adults will have an opportunity to try out a harp in the “Harp Petting Zoo,” and we hope this exposure will encourage them to consider learning to play themselves.

The Harp Glen will include a series of panels tracing the history and development of the harp with particular emphasis on the Celtic Harp and its role within the Bardic community of ancient Scotland. Harpers, both accomplished and students of the instrument, will be on hand to play and demonstrate the versatility of this historic instrument. A more formal ensemble will play both days of the Games.

That same weekend, Clan Currie will also sponsor the inaugural Harp Competition at the Highland Games in Scotland, CT.

Clan Currie has long been associated with the Harp as descendants of the celebrated MacMhuirich bards of Medieval Scotland and the instrument of the Bard was the clarsach.

More recently Clan Currie is the Title Sponsor of the National Scottish Harp Championship of America and bestows the annual Col. William McMurdo Currie Memorial Scholarship for the Clarsach at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.