Wire-Strung Harp

Over 20 Years ago, Jay Michaels began playing Harp. In fact, his first Harp was a Wire-Strung Harp. The Wire-Strung Harp has a rich tradition. In Ireland it is called the Cláirseach. Harps with wire strings have a bright, magical quality.

Jay currently plays two Wire Strung Harps:

A 19 string instrument built in 1976 by Ansel Westover, inspired by Early Renaissance Gothic Harps.




A 26 string instrument built in 2004 by George Leverette of Altar Wind Music in Oregon, inspired by the Irish Harp

If you would like to learn more about the Wire-Strung Harp, or arrange a Concert, contact Jay Michaels:



Upcoming Concerts
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Jay and Abby Michaels are members of
Early Music America

 Jay Michaels is a member of

The Historical Harp Society

The Viola da Gamba Society

The Harper and The Minstrel

have appeared at many North American Venues including:

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Florida Renaissance Festival

Boston Early Music Festival

 Sterling Renaissance Festival

Ohio Renaissance Festival

UMass Center for Renaissance Studies

 Southern California Pleasure Faire

 New York Renaissance Faire

 Georgia Renaissance Festival

Kansas City Renaissance Festival

 Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

 Great Lakes Medieval Faire

 Connecticut Renaissance Faire

King Richard's Faire

New Bedford Folk Festival

First Congregational Church of Yarmouth

 Phoenix Faerie Festival

 ICONS Irish Festival

 Dundee NY Scottish Festival

Cape Cod Cultural Center

 Boston Green Fest

   Soule Homestead Folk Festival

 Taunton River Folk Festival

 South Shore Folk Music Club 

 Boston Spring Flower Show

and more