In Good Hands / Stuart Eydmann


The first comprehensive exploration of the small harp in Scotland in the Modern Period.

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“Some of our ‘modern’ young people may be inclined to gibe at the revival of the clarsach as an antiquarian affectation; but it cannot be so lightly dismissed!” 

F Marian McNeill (1885-1973)


Based on extensive archival research, In Good Hands is the first comprehensive exploration of the small harp in modern Scotland.

Dr Eydmann charts the rediscovery of Scotland’s oldest national instrument by writers and artists in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and its subsequent adoption by the Celtic Revival and those engaged in the promotion of Gaelic culture.

We learn how this led to the establishment of Comunn na Clàrsaich, The Clarsach Society, in 1931 and how the organisation, largely led by women, ensured the renaissance of the small harp and became one of Scotland’s most significant and enduring cultural achievements of the twentieth century.  The activities and growth of the Society are detailed; its current flourishing is celebrated and there is discussion of current directions and the prospects of both the instrument and the organisation.

Evoking the widely differing situations in which the Scottish harp finds itself in the 21st century, from early music performance in a cathedral to a Manhattan jazz cellar, a kirk wedding to a festival commission, Eydmann encapsulates how the revived Scottish harp has become an integral part of our cultural life. 

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Dr Stuart Eydmann is a musician and ethnomusicologist with a special interest in the history and revival of Scotland’s instrumental traditions. His text is illustrated throughout by a unique selection of contemporary photographs. The book will be of interest to all enthusiasts of the clarsach and its music, and of Scottish music in general.

Price £12.00.

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Dimensions 25 × 18.4 × 0.7 cm