Cynthia Cathcart takes us on a journey through the mystical sound of the Clàrsach.
The Clàrsach is different from the regular Classical harp in a sense that it has smaller size and creates a unique sound. It has that distinctive perky and almost sharp edge when played by the fingernails. It is a tone color that resembles the harpsichord yet has the nuance of the piano. It creates a visual imagery that calls to mind tiny silver coins being tossed inside an empty well. Resonant but light..always brilliant and ancient.
Cynthia Cathcart mastered this instrument by herself. It was accident that brought this into her hands. She taught herself how to play and passion made her do research on the techniques as well as the musical repertoire for this instrument. Her classical training in the field of piano and organ made her apply the discipline to the Clàrsach yet never losing that folk honesty that is always present in Celtic music.
She teaches and has released two recordings. Learn more about her, the instrument and samples from her website : http://www.cynthiacathcart.net
You can purchase the CDs here: http://www.cynthiacathcart.net/cds.html
The brilliant revival of this ancient instrument is in part due to the uniquely bell-like resonance of brass, silver and gold harp strings, producing a sound unlike any other harp.
Cynthia strives to bring the joy of making music on these precious strings to anyone who is drawn to their sound. She offers private lessons in her studio near Washington DC, and also attends various events throughout the year to give workshops, presentations and concerts.