July Workshop in Tobermory, Ontario

Creative Harp Collective International 2013
July 16-20, 2013
Summer Harp Workshop
Tobermory, Canada

Classes include: Harp Solo Performance Coaching, Body Awareness at the Harp, Use of Harp in Therapeutic ways, Vibro-Acoustic Harp Therapy, Music Theory related to the Harp, Improvisation, Studies in Rhythm, Yoga, NIA Dance, Meditation Techniques, Basics of learning to play

Website: http://kerstinallvin.com/chci2013/

The Harp – BBC Documentary

"Harpist Catrin Finch takes a musical journey to discover the ancient and fascinating history of the harp in Wales and the world, with interviews and performances from internationally-renowned guests including Alan Stivell, Carlos Orosco, Alemu Aga, Isabelle Perrin and Elinor Bennett." (courtesy of BBC4 and SkitlerRemix).

Harp Classes at Island Mountain Arts

Details on the Harp School classes available through Island Mountain Arts this summer are now up:


Island Mountain Arts is located in Wells, BC.  The harp classes will be taking place in August of 2012.

Music for Healing and Transition 2012

The Music for Healing and Transition Program www.mhtp.org will be offering courses in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2012.  This 5 weekend program teaches musicians to provide live therapeutic music at the bedside of the sick and dying.   Please visit website for more information, or feel free to contact Joanne Does, Certified Music Practitioner, London, ON at jdoes764@gmail.com or www.healingsounds.ca

Southeastern Harp Weekend – Details

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!

smilingharp@gmail.com, 828-649-3016

What Is A Harp Circle? (+ new music!)

This is the first of a new series of Harp-Related Q&A , to celebrate the Harp Blog being back in action (hooray!), and in honour of the first Peterborough-Kawarthas harp circle in over a year (!).

A sample of a tune arranged for multiple harps can be found by following the link at the bottom of the post.

A Harp Circle is an informal gathering of harpists (or harpers, if you prefer), which can take many forms.  The one thing they all have in common is the sharing of music.  A typical harp circle might start with a general meet-and-greet (which often involves people trying out each other’s harps), and everyone making sure their harps are tuned.  Bringing an electronic tuner is wise for this part, since there will be a lot of background noise (this is where tuning pickups really earn their keep!), and everyone will want to be at the same pitch (A=440, or concert pitch, is standard in most areas).

This is often followed by learning one or more group pieces.  Usually the group leader or organizer will have copies available for everyone, with parts at varying levels of difficulty (easy parts for beginners, more challenging parts for the more experienced).

Sometimes this group participation might take the form of a more formalized workshop, with a specific topic, such as singing with the harp, Welsh tunes, improvising, Irish ornaments, and so on.  However, in some cases it can be as casual as someone handing around some sheet music and saying, let’s all try this one!  Either way, the group organizer will let you know what format the circle will take.

At the mid-point will be a welcome break for munchies and socializing (participants are often encouraged to bring contributions of snacks, although sometimes these are provided by the host). 

After the break, there may be more group playing, or the second half of the workshop, but often this is the stage for the “once-around-the-circle”, where people are free to play a piece of their choosing.  This can be a great opportunity for shy and inexperienced players to try something out in public for the first time, in front of a small and sympathetic audience.  It can also be a chance for more experienced players to try out something new, or play their latest “party piece” – essentially, show off their playing prowess.  It certainly never hurts to get a healthy boost to the old self esteem, in the comforting company of peers!  However, all players will be encouraged to pick something relatively short, so everyone who wants to has a chance to play.

The performance part, in almost all cases, is strictly voluntary.  The idea of harp circles is to have fun, in a relaxed, no-pressure environment.  Players can feel free to participate as much or as little as they like.  For the complete beginner, sometimes it’s great to just be able to meet other harpers and see different harps, even if you’re a bit too shy to try playing along the first time.

In honour of our first harp circle of 2011, I’ve whipped up an arrangement of Southwind for multiple harps.  You can follow the link here to download both a print copy and midi file version from Chubby Sparrow.  Feel free to add your comments or questions below.

Mary O’Hara at NLHF, new registration deadline

October Events: Northern Lights Harp Fest in Ottawa Oct. 2-4 ’09

NLHF Deadline extended to August 30th

Northern Lights Harp Fest – Important Notice!

With the late-breaking news of Mary O’Hara’s attendance at the harpfest, it has been agreed that the regular registration date be extended to August 30th. This will allow absent vacationers and out-of-towners the opportunity to make arrangements to attend the fest and/or Mary’s unique presentation, “Travels With My Harp”, Sunday October 4th at 1 p.m. Mary O’Hara is a living legend whom we will be very fortunate to be able to meet in person. As a historical figure in the folk harp world,this presentation is one that you will not want to miss. For tickets, order through www.northernlightsharpfest.com or sweeney.hermon@rogers.com

Cost (for Mary’s presentation only): NLHF Registrants $10, General Admission, $17, Seniors $15.

For more info on the Northern Lights Harp Fest, including how to register, check out the official website:

Info courtesy of Joanne Griffin, NLHF secretary

October Northern Lights Harp Fest in Ottawa: Deadline July 15!

The folks organizing the Northern Lights Harp Fest in Ottawa in October (Oct. 2-4 2009) are trying to encourage everyone who is interested to register ASAP, so they can meet their minimum number of 60 participants by July 15.  It would be truly excellent to be able to have a regular harp conference in Ontario, since for most of us, travelling to the bigger conferences in the USA often isn’t feasible.  But, in order for that to happen, they first need to make this year’s conference a success.

Please pass this info along to any harp players you may know.  Students and beginners are welcome – there will be harp classes for all levels at the conference.

For more info, check out the official website:

Let’s make this happen!

July 2-12: International Harp Workshop in Italy (Registration Deadline: May 15)

July 2-12 2009
Santuario di Crea, ITALY
Jazz and improvisation course: Monika STADLER
Master classes: Gabriella BOSIO & Katerina ENGLICHOVA
Teacher in residence: Laura Sofia CARAMELLINO

Workshop fee (all prices in Euros): €300 full participants, €100 listeners
Accomodation: The Sanctuary’s convent offers comfortable recently restored rooms for ten nights at €270
(single room), €430 (double room) or €540 (triple room). Cost includes the possibility of kitchen facilities.
Within the Sanctuary complex there is a café and a restaurant.
Contacts/information: you can reach Laura Sofia Caramellino by e-mail laurasofia.caramellino@istruzione.it or
telephone (++39) 340 8420546 (late afternoon please).
The Workshop can guest no more than 12 full participants: please contact the teacher by May 15, 2009.

Information courtesy of Laura Sofia Caramellino