Finding harp tunes
I’m a harp player investigating harp music from all over the British Isles. I’m not strongly attached to any one tradition and so I’m having to learn how to research this stuff by trial and error. I do a lot of learning by ear from recordings but that feels like being a musical magpie!
I was wondering if anyone had any ideas for sources, or specific tune features that might identify a harp tune. I’ve come across the word ‘port’ (as in Rory Dall’s Port or Port Chuil Aodha) that can imply a tune written for harp. Did it later become a generic word for tune? Also there’s Cumha - meaning lamentation - looks like it’s often associated with Ceol Mor.
What makes a harp tune a harp tune anyway? Is it just that it fits under the fingers? Does anyone know anymore about repertoire swapping between pipes and harps?
Corrections / new ideas very welcome!