The Triple Harp is the classical Welsh harp. It is characterised by having three rows of strings (rather than one), the third row (set between the two outside rows) is tuned to the semi-tones, eliminating the need for keys or pedals. It is notoriously difficult to play. My younger son Carwyn has played the small Celtic harp (or "knee-harp") for years and has long set his sights on extending his repertoire with a triple harp. The mission was to meet him in Wales to collect such a harp which had just been restored.
I wake to a fine dawn at high tide on the Welsh coast
The rendez-vous is John Thomas' harp restoration workshop
Carwyn meets his new Triple Harp,
a fine pedigree instrument, some 150 years old
Three rows of strings with accordingly three rows of tuning pins
Tuning so many strings takes some time...
...before I witness the first melody to issue from this harp in a great many years
World Premiere: Carwyn performs at his first 'gig' on his new harp
the very same evening!
My visit occurred about the time of granddaughter Heledd's third birthday.
What is in a the parcel?
Heledd is very impressed with her new Jack-in- the-box!
Visit Carwyn's website.