The Clarsach Society

The Clarsach Society

The Clarsach (harp) is Scotland's oldest instrument, having been played throughout the land from very earliest times. Two old clarsachs, from the 15th and 16th centuries, survive, and may be seen in the National Museum. The modern instrument, though larger and with gut rather than wire strings, is based on their design.

For various historical reasons, harping almost died out by the end of the 18th century, and the music, never written down, was lost. Good new instruments are now being made and The Clarsach Society (Comunn na Clarsaich) has encouraged a great revival of interest in the instrument, especially amongst young players, who enjoy its adaptability to solo work, accompaniment or ensemble playing. The Clarsach Society exists to promote the instrument and to help players. The constitution states that the objects of the Society shall be to advance the education of the public in the music and the playing of the clarsach. It has 11 local branches throughout the UK and a special interest group for wire strung harp enthusiasts. The Administrator of the Society, organises the Harp Hire scheme and the sale of the Society’s Music Folios.

The Clarsach Society organises the Edinburgh International Harp Festival each spring.

For more on the history of the clarsach, please visit the societies web site.

Contact Details The Clarsach Society - Comunn na Clàrsaich
Studio G43,
Out of the Blue Drill Hall,
36 Dalmeny Street,
Telephone +44 131 554 0212
Web site

Clarsach Society Folios

The Clarsach Society Folios
Sheet Music - Click Folio Number for further information on this web site
Folio Level Title
Folio 01
Elementary Simple Airs for Beginners
Folio 08 Intermediate to Advanced More Solos for the Celtic Harp
Folio 15 Intermediate to Advanced A Selection of Scottish Airs
Folio 18 Elementary Beginner's Choice
Folio 21 Elementary First Steps
Folio 23 Intermediate Party Pieces by Anne Macdearmid
Folio 28 Elementary to Intermediate Scottish Airs by Isobel Mieras
Folio 29 Mixed Ability Songs of Love and Longing
Folio 30 Elementary to Intermediate Clarsumbria by Janet Bennett
Folio 33 Mixed Ability Jean Campbell Memorial Folio
Folio 34 Intermediate to Advanced Millennium Folio
Folio 39 Elementary Margaret Daunt Memorial Folio
Folio 40 Elementary Lullabies, Airs & Dances Volume 1
Folio 41 Elementary Lullabies, Airs & Dances Volume 2
Folio 42 Intermediate A Tapestry of Scottish Tunes Volume 1
Folio 43 Intermediate A Tapestry of Scottish Tunes Volume 2
Folio 44 Intermediate A Tapestry of Scottish Tunes Volume 3
Folio 45 Advanced Flying Fingers
Folio 46 Mixed Ability Esme's Adventure - The Girl with the Purple Harp
Folio 47 Mixed Ability The 40th Edinburgh International Harp Festival
& The Clarsach Society 90th Anniversary Folio
Folio 48 Pre Grade 1 Introductory Folio
Folio 49 Advanced The Dynamic Scottish Harper’s Companion

The Clarsach Society - Bristol and West of England Branch Folios
Sheet Music - Click Ref Number for further information on this web site
Ref Title
SM0483 Golden Jubilee Collection