I am an organologist, a researcher of musical instruments. I conduct construction, craftsmanship, and historical use analysis, focusing primarily on the harps of Ireland and Scotland.
My expertise is in non-invasive techniques, utilizing 20+ years of experience in scientific imaging, and an interdisciplinary background in STEM and music, with advanced training and experience in musical instrument research and analysis.
I am also Assistant Director of the Historical Harp Society of Ireland (HHSI), which is dedicated to the revival of the historical , metal-strung, Irish harp — lost to the living tradition 200 years ago. I served on the HHSI Governing Body from 2016–2020, and am Assistant Director of the annual HHSI Scoil na gCláirseach–Festival of Early Irish Harp.
Starting in 2022, HHSI is offering online, interactive, courses taught by international experts. Visit Acadamh na gCláirseach–Academy of Early Irish Harp for more information, and to enroll.
My recent work as an organologist includes an HHSI project, funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, to study the Hollybrook harp at the National Museum of Ireland, and create an open access data set of images, 3D scans, and construction information. Visit the Hollybrook harp project page for more information.
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