Definition of Welsh harp in English:

Welsh harp

noun

  • Compare with Celtic harp
    another term for triple harp
    • ‘There are two young Chinese girls who are living locally who will be in Welsh Costume playing Welsh harps which is rather unusual and entry is free to all events.’
    • ‘The appearance of the new double-action pedal harp was also a threat to the old Welsh harp in the 19th century.’
    • ‘Most harps had one rank of strings, some had two ranks, while Welsh harps had three ranks of strings.’
    • ‘Early Welsh harps were small and are mentioned as early as the 10th C. According to Welsh law the harp was one of the three indispensable possessions of a freeman.’
    • ‘The harp was a focal point of Celtic music and the material the strings were made of often depended on what was available - Irish harps were strung with wire, while Scottish harps were often strung with gut and Welsh harps with hair.’
    • ‘Bray pins were in common use on harps all across Europe in the latter part of the Gothic period, and Welsh harps were no exception.’
    • ‘The early Welsh harps were lightly-built instruments strung with horsehair and, later, gut.’
    • ‘All surviving Irish harps carry clear wear-marks from this playing position, which was also that of old Welsh harps but is not used for any other harps.’
    • ‘We have had everything from Viennese court dancing to oriental belly dancing, Turkish pipes to Welsh harps.’
    • ‘Horsehair strings were used later on Welsh harps and could have been used earlier as well.’
    • ‘Each tune is played on reconstructed metal-strung replicas of 12 th - 16th century Welsh harps.’
    • ‘The traditional technique on the Welsh harp, and presumably on the classical triple and double harps too, was to pluck, or ‘strike the strings’ as the last traditional player said, close to the soundboard.’
    • ‘Alan Shiers has developed new manufacturing techniques for Celtic harps to enable Welsh harps to compete on both price and quality with imported harps.’
    • ‘Allan realised there was a demand for Welsh harps, and is being assisted by the Manufacturing and Engineering Centre at Cardiff, which is developing methods to automate some parts of the manual process.’