Double Harp Demo Video with Acacia Lyra

From Joanne Griffin, Secretary, Northern Lights Harp Fest:

“I know many of you have been curious about the V68 harp-for-two. Since this harp will be used for the open-mic-for-two at the Northern Lights Harp Fest,, we decided to shoot a demo video to show folks that it actually plays and sounds like a harp (or harps). Acacia Lyra (Susan Sweeney Herman & Janine Dudding), who will be performing and giving a workshop at the Fest, kindly agreed to perform their rendition of Chanter Meets the Fairy King for the video.

The regular registration deadline for the NLHF is July 15th. If you haven’t already done so, sign up now for what promises to be an entertaining, informative and exciting harp experience!”

Credits: V68 harp by Don Peddle, Artwork by Patricia Doyle (Blackburn ON), Videography by Lois Siegel Productions Inc. (Ottawa ON)

Cynthia Valenzuela on Metallic Harp

Live performance at Encuentro de Arpa de Durango 2005 “Diva’s Harp”.  And yes, the actual harp itself is made of metal, not just the strings. Certainly makes for a unique sound! Too bad it gets cut off at the end.

You can see another short video of Cynthia demonstrating the “Vera” metallic harp below.

The Harp Guitar

harp guitar - copyright free image from Dover CDI thought it would be fun to periodically feature weird harps, or things that get mistaken for harps (or things with “harp” in the name that have no resemblance to harps as we know them). It’s also an easy thing to do when I’m totally bushed from gigging all day and my brain cells are functioning at minimal capacity.

Today’s feature is the harp guitar. I could go to the effort of doing a bunch of research on this elabourate and awkward-looking instrument, but there’s already a whole website dedicated to it at You can find out about the history of the harp guitar in this section.

Warning: if you try a Google image search of “weird harp pictures”, you might see some disturbing images of harp seals being clubbed. It took me a bit off guard so I just thought I’d mention it.