One of my favourite tunes. TinWhistler playing with Ulli from Germany.
Along with Ode to Joy (below), we’ll be playing this at the Peterborough-Kawarthas harp circle in honour of Peace Day on Sept. 11th. For those who can’t make it, we’ll be playing with you in spirit!
All music in the Chubby Sparrow free music section is available for anyone to download and use free of charge. We just ask that you include all headers and footers in your print copies.
More on the Southeastern Harp Weekend, which will be taking place this October (2011). Thanks to Carolyn Deal for the udpates.
Southeastern Harp Weekend October 7-8-9, Asheville, NC.
A mountain retreat weekend of world-class workshops and concerts, plus a huge and varied vendor hall! This year’s clinicians include Cheryl Ann Fulton, Maeve Gilchrist, Frank Voltz, Joanna Mell, Mary Radspinner, Christina Tourin, Jan Jennings, Rhett Barnwell, Jerry Brown, Sharon Thormahlen, Nancy Clark, Analee Foster, Dee Sweeny, and more.
Topics include Welsh Aires, Scottish harp, speed playing, conquering harmonics, conquering Irish trebles, hymn arranging, therapeutic music, classical music, overcoming fears, NLP and memorizing music, the Astral Harp Experience, chord recognition, Pop music, medieval modes, injury prevention, touch for tone, Taize, exercises for beginners, improvisation, keeping up with the tempo, sight-reading, fun innovations for beginners, celtic tunes to love, harp roundabouts for technique, left hand heaven, French technique, tunes for the seasons, the liquid lever, jazz, rhythm, advanced classes with Maeve Gilchrist and more for all levels. Most comprehensive lever harp vendor halls in the Southeast!
Saturday, March 19, 8pm
St. Pat’s Fancy at Sadleir House in Peterborough, ON.
The third annual concert celebrating Irish music, with some of the proceeds going towards the Market Hall to help fund its new renovations. Sadleir House is an historic house in Peterborough, near the corner of Parkhill and George Streets. Market Hall is a much loved folk music and general arts venue in the middle of downtown Peterborough. There will be lots of great music from the likes of Cairdeas, Fiachra O’Regan, and The Jenish Sisters, as well as guest spots from the usual crew of local musicians. Tanah Haney will be playing Celtic Harp on a couple of harp-and-fiddle sets with John Hoffman (hence the harp component!).
For more info, you can visit the official Facebook page for the event or email Tanah at soloharp @ celticharper.com (minus the spaces).
Back from vacation in B.C. July is turning out to be a busy month for weddings and the like, so for now we’ve got a couple more videos, all the way from Peru! Considering the harp is one of the oldest instruments in human history, it’s not surprising that nearly every culture has developed its own unique style of harp and harp playing. Still, it never ceases to amaze me how different each type of harp, and its corresponding technique, can be from each other, and just how much variety there is in the harp world.
The first one features harpist Otoniel Ccayanchira playing Peruvian Andian music, as well as some traditional dancers. Courtesy of FolkPeru21
The next one features a solo harp piece performed by Florencio Coronado, followed by a Peruvian folk band and singer (Esmila Zevallos). Good close-ups of the harpist’s hands at the beginning if you want to check out the traditional Peruvian technique a little more closely.
Courtesy of proansa
Another harpist enjoying the outdoors. This rendition of the Chanter’s song comes to us from Josephine on the Isle of Skye, playing a Seiriol harp.
Sorry the posts have been infrequent lately; been caught up with yard and garden prep while the sun shines. It’s spring here in Southern Ontario, which means the weather is even more fickle than usual, but still oh so tempting to be outside, away from all infernal machines.
Harpist Mark Hammer playing the Paraguayan harp. If you want to know more about the harp and the tune he’s playing, he includes a fairly detailed write-up about both here.
Interesting point of trivia: Apparently on Paraguayan harps the C strings are blue, and the F strings are red, the opposite of other harps. Could make things very confusing for us lever harp players!
Auld Lang Syne on harp guitar:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rZsw28F2uw
Rex James Bros with Mark playing Auld Lang Syne on custom built Harp Guitar, Archtop Guitar, and Octave Mandolin.
Apologies for the lack of updates recently, real life has taken over in a big way and computer activities are at a minimum right now (most harpists can relate to the craziness of the holiday concert season; add major home renovations on top of that and you get the general idea). My goal is to get the Harp Blog back into its usual swing in the new year. In the meantime, here’s a video of the incomparable Kim Robertson, who I had the honour to meet and chat with at the Northern Lights Harp Fest.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZK_HnPZwsC0&feature=PlayList&p=2D02B1104D8263B7&index=3&playnext=2&playnext_from=PL
To find out more about Kim and her music, you can visit her website at www.kimrobertson.net. You can see more videos of Kim at La Crosee ’08 via the LAXIrishFest YouTube channel (or by following the links in the video above).