Founded by Roland L. Robinson, a harpmaker in Mt. Laguna, California, the International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen (ISFHC) was intended to meet the needs of the individual folk harper and builder for communication with his or her fellow artists.


It began in 1980 out of the readership of the Folk Harp Journal and in 1985 it became a California nonprofit corporation. Today, with a yearly membership of almost sixteen hundred, it provides a focus for folk harp activities worldwide.


Our Mission is:


  • To promote the playing and enjoyment of the folk harp by all.
  • To promote education, creation and development in the building of the folk harp.
  • To increase awareness of professional folk harpers.
  • To increase public awareness of the music and joys of the folk harp.



If you enjoy the formal concert setting, the ethnic or traditional music faire, the challenge of building instruments, performing, teaching, playing for yourself on a winter day, or all of the above, please consider joining us!


 To hear HARPTALK a series of ratio interviews with harpists, go to: www.harptalk.podomatic.com


Read more about Robbie Robinson in the history section here


ISFHC has a new Facebook page. With some of the new Facebook formatting, it turns out that you do have to be a facebook member to see the events calendar.These events are not necessarily put on by ISFHC but may be of interest to the entire harp community. Any harp organization may post a conference or workshop to EVENTS listing.


MEMBERS of ISFHC are also invited to put a link on our WALL for any harp-related concerts, performances, demonstrations, or other events for which you would like an audience and any harp products, books or merchandise you have for sale.

We also hope that local ISFHC Chapters will post their events so we can help them get the word out for local activities, harp circles and programs. Hope you "like" our Facebook page.


Make More Music with Harps Campaign



The Folk Harp Journal is a wonderful resource for all harpers, from the complete novice to the master.


Click here to find out more!