Definition of Celtic harp in US English:

Celtic harp


  • A small harp with wire strings, used in the folk and early music of Scotland and Ireland.

    • ‘The mysterious sounds of a Celtic harp once again played.’
    • ‘In Seattle, a newly formed United Church of Christ congregation opened its doors in December for standing-room-only services featuring eight languages and music that included a Celtic harp and African drums.’
    • ‘He bought a harp from the U.S. but decided to have a Celtic harp handmade for him by a craftsman in Prince George, B.C.’
    • ‘She is one of the best players of the Celtic harp, the clarsach, in the country and is trying to forge a career in music.’
    • ‘The audience had no problem going from calm Celtic harp, to a jubilant gospel choir, to subdued (yet energetic) Indian drummer, or from a symphonic concert to a Buddhist monk performance to an ancient Jewish tradition.’
    • ‘Tinahely will be swaying to the sound of the Celtic harp this weekend when renowned musicians Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman take to the stage of the Courthouse Arts Centre.’
    • ‘The Scottish craze for playing a modernized version of the Celtic harp, which began in the early 1760s, led to the introduction of the short-backed music chair, its height adjustable by means of a wooden screw.’
    • ‘France brought his yarns to life by strumming on African and Celtic harps and blowing on a Native American flute.’
    • ‘Perhaps you might consider writing works that can be done in several combinations, so if you've written it for bagpipes, Celtic harp and alto flute it could also be rendered on violin, cello and piano…’
    • ‘The exercises are set to improvisations on a Celtic harp.’
    • ‘She was a church organist by seven and is now a leading exponent of the Celtic harp.’
    • ‘Traditional instruments include the fiddle, flute, Celtic harp, accordion, bodhrán (a hand-held drum), and uillean pipes (a bagpipe-like instrument powered by bellows).’
    • ‘While still solidly rooted in ancient folk modes, thanks to liberal use of archaic tools like bouzouki, tin whistle, Celtic harp, and bells, this disc promenades down some particularly fruity paths that recall prog's florid excesses.’
    • ‘Sometimes he comes on stage with us to play the Celtic harp.’
    • ‘The accordion and the Celtic harp are also widely used for traditional music.’


Celtic harp