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Ancient Irish Instrument

In honour of St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow we’re making today’s #ThrowbackThursday ancient instrument the cruit.

The cruit, called crwth by the Welsh and crowde by the English, was small harp that was plucked with the fingers; although later it was played with a bow,. The instrument was mentioned by an Irish poet writing around 400BC.

The cruit was an oblong-shaped instrument with a neck and fingerboard, having six strings, four of which were placed on the fingerboard and two outside it; the two open strings representing treble G, with its lower octave.

It was generally played as a small harp, resting on the knee, or sometimes placed on a table in front of the musician as with a zither.

The picture is of a modern reproduction of the instrument

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