The 2013 Earth Day (Peace Day) Harp Circle tunes are up on Chubby Sparrow. The first is a duet version of Come Give Me Your Hand, with chords and notes for lever harp. The second is a slow air based on The Bays of Harris, with lyrics modified from Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem “Evensong” (also with chords).
Everything in the “Free Music” section of the Chubby Sparrow site is free to download, print and/or listen to (please remember to include all acknowledgements and copyrights when printing). Feel free to photocopy and/or share any of the tunes (non-commercial use only please).
Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend!
O’Carolan’s Dream, played by Mark Harmer.
I’m off to play a house concert tonight, and then a relaxed ceili with musical friends next weekend. Feels good to be getting back into the Celtic zone again!
Top-notch performances by Jordi Savall, Rolf Lisevand, Perdo Estevan, and Arianna Savall. I instantly fell in love with the larger of Arianna’s two period replica harps. It’s not easy to find video of medieval harps in concert where the sound mix does them justice, but the balance is perfect in this one.
The Harp Consort, with Andrew Lawrence King on harp, performing in York in 2011. And yes, he is indeed using the pinkie of his left hand when he plays! First time I’ve seen that technique in action. For more on the Harp Consort and early harps, you can visit their website: www.theharpconsort.com/
We’ve finally completed our (long overdue) new year’s update of the Celtic Harp Page, including the Harp Events section, which now lists upcoming 2013 events along with our usual list of ongoing and annual events and other related links.
If you have an event, listing, or other link you would like to recommend, leave us a comment here. Ditto if you would like your page, organization, band or event to be featured on the Harp Blog. We’d love to hear from you! - T.H.
First entry in the Urban Harp series. This one was taken during the infamous “Harp Quest” of 2002. (Boy, does that old page look dated now!)
The goal of the Millennium Harp Quests (which took place around the world after the turn of the new century) was to expand awareness of the instrument, encourage people to play in public, and generally spread lots of warmth and good feelings (Peace on Earth through harping – not a bad sentiment).
As a reward for finishing my personal quest (which was to play at 25 bridges and locks throughout central Ontario) I received a lovely little 19-string hand-made collapsible (!) Paraguayan-style harp. It has had a place of honour on top of my piano ever since, and still gets played regularly. It was even used to compose several tunes for small harp for my book, “A la Mode”.
You can click on the picture for a bigger version of the image.
Updated to add: Here’s the website of the guy who started it all: http://harpingforharmony.org/
I feel like I should have heard of this group before now. Such a great idea! I wish I was in a populated enough area to start something like this. The mission of the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble is “to deliver quality musical instruction on the harp, develop music reading skills and musicianship to at-risk, urban youth.” You can visit their official website at http://www.urbanharp.org/.
Here are some members of the group playing “What a Wonderful World” (the sound is a bit fuzzy but it’s still way cool):