Ceud Mile Failte! A Hundred Thousand Welcomes! Bienvenue!

 Here we are in Canada’s Celtic Heartland  

Halifax, Nova Scotia 

Nova Scotia map

Nova Scotia Harp Festival 2018

September 28, 29, 30 


Cris' harp festival paintingSalty Strings by Nova Scotian artist and harpist Cris Sonntag NOW AVAILABLE as an Art Card $5. each, 5 for $15. or 10 for $25.   novascotiaharp@gmail.com



The Harp, sometimes tall, sometimes small, 

a time machine to an ancient place where winds sang through bright gold wires and candles cast shadows on stone walls.

  lean in . . .  hear the sweet vibrations . . .

 lean forward  . . .    

she speaks . . . 



        “GET TO KNOW US” in UNESCO Lunenburg, NS

    sold out Thursday 10:30am Sept. 27 


        Bluenose II Film 11am & Cruise 1:30pm

sold out

 Bluenose starboard side

   Supper @ The Old Fish Factory Restaurant

                         Join us Thursday 4:30pm Sept. 27                                                      old fish factory restaurant




     “Guth Binn agus Teada Oir” “Sweet Voice and Strings of Gold”                                                  

Town Crier OPENING CEREMONY in Halifax, NS

at All Nations Church, corner of Robie & Charles Streets

Friday, Sept. 28 7:30pm 

Lewis MacKinnon Poet Laureate





Ann Heymann plays the legendary mythical harp of the ancients revealing the early traditions of the Irish and Scottish and the intertwining of them. Secrets of the Gaelic Harp which she has discovered from tireless research of old manuscripts the music of which she now plays on magnificent historic reproduction harps, strung with silver and gold, will include the performance of clairseach (harp) with Bardic Poetry, ancient lament and plain chant, courtly music, medieval Welsh harp music (bray harp), and more. A pioneer and winner with several distinctions she has earned the title “Queen of Harps”.

Ann will be joined by her multi-instrumentalist singer and husband, Charlie.

Ann’s WORKSHOPS 10 – 4  Saturday, Sept. 29  Garrison Room on Citadel Hill, Halifax


The harp was not a folk instrument, she noted. Harping was a sacred art form in Gaelic society, with its own mystique and symbolism. “In the folklore of the instrument, the harp had music for crying, music for laughing and music for sleeping,” Heymann said. “The first was to play for people who were injured or in pain, women in labor or men injured on the battlefield. The second was music of vigor, music of life, dance music, war music. The music for sleeping was actually music for death”. – Ann Heymann 

  • Power Point Presentations on Bees to Piobaireach (Pipe Music)
  • Oldest Manuscripts
  • Tablature 
  • Three Iconic Pieces; Music from Denis O’Hampsey, (1695—1807) Irish harper
  • From Port to Court; the Gaelic harp in the 17th century
  • Ceol Mor & the Cláirseach


                          GALA  FESTIVAL  CONCERT                  

           St. Matthew’s Church Barrington St., Halifax

         “Far from Home” Saturday, Sept. 29 7:30pm


Ann and Charlie – carrying the traditions forward –  joined by members of the Nova Scotia Harp Ring and other stars in the diverse local galaxy

                   CHARLIE’S  OPEN TUNE WORKSHOP                     Triangle on Prince St., Halifax

  Sunday, Sept. 30 11am – 1:30pm


DANCE  with Elizabeth or PLAY with Ann & Charlie & Kevin & Co.  Sunday, Sept. 30 2pm – 4pm


 HARP SESSION and Silent Auction 4pm – 5pm

 FAREWELL SUPPER McKelvie’s 5pm – 7pm

CONCERT Barra MacNeils 7:30 Sunday Sept. 30

The Barra MacNeils setup


 Bluenose step aboard

   Step Ashore!

Our crew warmly greets you.

Nova Scotia Harp Association Logo

To support and donate to our Nova Scotia Harp Association non-profit society #3311848, your cash, cheque or bank transfer will be appreciated. Contact novascotiaharp@gmail.com or mail to 5 – 24 John Gorham Lane, Bedford N.S. B4A4A9 Thank you.