Scoil na gCláirseach

Tutor, Scoil na gCláirseach

Sylvia Sylvia Crawford is an experienced teacher and performing musician [fiddle, early Irish harp, piano], working both as a soloist and in various duos and larger ensembles in Ireland and in continental Europe.

She is a Music graduate of Queen’s University Belfast, and combines both a classical and a traditional music background.

Her particular interests are in early music and also in traditional music from a historical perspective. These led her to discover the early Irish harp, and to dedicate herself to the study of appropriate historical playing techniques and repertoire. She is now also actively involved in the revival and promotion of this beautiful, and much neglected, instrument. Sylvia has recently returned to Armagh, her home city, where she offers tuition in early Irish harp as well as traditional fiddle and classical piano. She performs at a wide range of events [concerts, historical events, conferences, receptions, weddings and funerals] on both early Irish harp and fiddle.

Her dedicated approach to the study and performance of historical and traditional Irish music has been recognized by Dundalk Institute of Technology, which has just awarded her a scholarship to pursue an MA by Research, which will include her scholarly work on early Irish harp repertoire in the wider context of Irish music in the Oriel region.