Welcome to the Wire Branch's website.
The branch exists to explore the possibilities of the wire-strung clarsach, acknowledging its historical past and developing different styles of playing which encompass both ancient and modern approaches to technique, repertoire, and the instrument itself. We also have several members who play bray harp, as the techniques are similar, and would welcome bray players to our branch, whether or not they play wire as well.
The branch has a small number of instruments for hire, runs monthly workshops in Edinburgh, facilitates the spread of knowledge and research into this instrument, and helps players keep in touch and up to date with events, courses, concerts, publications, recordings, and anything else wire-oriented.
If you are interested in learning a bit more and would like a sample of the music we use you can download this pdf, Ever Wondered About the Wire Branch, which we gave out at the 2014 Edinburgh International Harp Festival, containing a tune arranged by Karen Marshalsay for the wire class at the festival the previous year. Karen also recorded the video below for the 2013 festival.
This site is under the editorial control of the Wire Branch of the Clarsach Society. Click here to get in touch.