Sylvia Crawford, from Co. Armagh, has recently completed a Masters by Research in Ethnomusicology, at Dundalk Institute of Technology. Her research focused on the life and music of Patrick Quin, an eighteenth-century harper from Co. Armagh, and on cultural tourism in the Oriel region.
Sylvia combines classical and traditional music backgrounds, playing early Irish harp, fiddle and piano. She has a BA Hons in Music and Ethnomusicology from Queen’s University Belfast, and a HDip in Arts Administration from NUI Galway.
In recent years Sylvia has been actively involved with the revival of the ‘old’ Irish harp, and has presented concerts, talks and workshops on the subject. She is involved with The Historical Harp Society of Ireland (HHSI), both in an artistic role and as financial administrator. She teaches annually at Scoil na gCláirseach–Festival of early Irish harp, and privately throughout the year in Co. Armagh and online. She also teaches piano and fiddle.
Sylvia’s harp music and research features on Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin’s 2017 online project, Oriel Arts.