Irish Harping joins UNESCO's 'Intangible Cultural Heritage to Humanity' list

Friday 13th December 2019 |Irish Harping | UNESCO

Irish Harping recently joined UNESCO's 'Intangible Cultural Heritage to Humanity' list. 

Nancy Hurrell has been contributing to this effort for the past two years. Her book The Egan Irish Harps Tradition, Patrons and Players, tells the compelling story of John Egan (fl.1797–1829), a self-taught harp maker who invented a modernized harp for Ireland – the ‘Portable Irish Harp’ – the forerunner of the modern Irish harp.

This book brings to light the Egan harps and music-making of literary celebrities Thomas Moore and Sydney Owenson, also Lady Alicia Parsons at Birr Castle, Princess Augusta at Windsor Castle and Patrick Byrne, known as 'the last blind harper'.

The illustrations and catalogue of Egan harps uncover these rare art objects in museums and collections in sixteen countries worldwide.