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A small harp with wire strings, used in the folk and early music of Scotland and Ireland.
- ‘She is one of the best players of the Celtic harp, the clarsach, in the country and is trying to forge a career in music.’
- ‘I loved the unusual blend of clarsach, fiddle and djembe, with Norrie's powerful Gaelic singing adding a huge impact to the songs.’
- ‘Her youngest daughter is currently being taught the clarsach by a Scottish harpist.’
- ‘Bagpipes, fiddle, pipes and clarsach are heard in pubs and hotels throughout the land.’
- ‘The tight instrumental work on clarsach, keyboard, fiddle, accordion and pipes is augmented by powerful Gaelic singing.’
Late 15th century from Scottish Gaelic, perhaps based on clar ‘table, board’.