Continuing Harp: Stories and Songs of Turlough O’Carolan

About Continuing Harp: Stories and Songs of Turlough O’Carolan

This harp class will begin with an overview of the music of the most famous of all Irish harp bards, Turlough O’Carolan. The class will begin with a musical summary of his life which includes song examples and stories of O'Carolan as an Irish bard. During the course, students will learn songs and tunes from his varied repertoire that include laments, dance tunes, planxties, folk songs and tunes inspired by Italian Baroque music of the time period. At least two of his most popular songs will be taught with the goal that each student come up with their own left hand accompaniment in order to improve their arranging skills for the lever harp. Students will be given the opportunity to perform these for other students in small or large group breakout rooms. PDFs and recordings will be made available to aid in the learning of the tunes.

This class is presented in collaboration with the John C. Campbell Folk School & is limited to 24 students. There will be an optional Orientation and Closing Ceremony hosted from the Folk School campus that students can attend online.

Age Range


Skill Level

Continuing through advanced players can benefit from this class. Tunes will be taught for both left and right hands separately, and you will not be expected to “sight read”, but it is helpful if you have experience playing from standard notation, as well as learning from ear as songs will be presented in a variety of ways to accommodate all learners. Also, players should have some experience playing in different keys, and time meters.


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The class will meet for four weekly 120-min live online sessions at 4 pm ET | 1 pm PT | 21:00 UTC on the schedule below. The first session is on March 11.
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Enrolled students receive 30-day access to the video recordings of the classes.

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
Continuing Harp: Stories and Songs of Turlough O’Carolan
Lorinda Jones

How It Works

Students can connect to the online platform using a tablet or computer with reliable internet. To actively participate online students also need a webcam with microphone. Class enrollments may be cancelled for full refund up to five days before the class start date.

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Lorinda Jones

Lorinda Jones

Lorinda Jones grew up in the small town of Tompkinsville, Kentucky alongside the knobs of the Cumberland plateau. She was fortunate enough to be surrounded by old-time, gospel, shape-note and bluegrass music, and even classical music, which she pursued on piano and oboe. But it was when she met the “friendly cardboard dulcimer” as an adult music educator and began teaching and sharing the traditional music that she felt she had “come back home” to her roots. Lorinda has taught the dulcimer in schools, at festivals across the country and one of the few music therapists to have developed approaches to using the dulcimer in a therapeutic setting. She has been a pioneer for the dulcimer ...

About the John C. Campbell Folk School & Lessonface

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