One of my favourite tunes. TinWhistler playing with Ulli from Germany.
Our small but mighty group for Peace Hour, Sept. 11th 2011. We played Ode to Joy, Dona Nobis Pacem, and sang John Lennon’s “Imagine”. I’m very proud of all my students, they did a great job! We also made a group donation to Amnesty International, in honour of Peace Day.
Thanks to Alexis & Harpists for Peace for organizing Peace Hour (which has become an annual event). For more information on Harpists for Peace, you can visit the official Facebook page here.
Yet another wonderful example of how versatile the lever/folk harp is, and how effortlessly it embraces music from around the world.
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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.
I’ve uploaded the first harp circle tune, Ode to Joy (for multiple harps), to the Chubby Sparrow Music site:
Everyone is welcome to download the music and play with us in spirit, even if you won’t be able to attend the Peterborough-Kawarthas harp circle in person. I would just ask that you include all acknowledgements, headers and footers in the print-outs.
Music for Dona Nobis Pacem to follow shortly.
The Peterborough-Kawarthas harpists will be joining in the spirit of Peace Hour by holding a harp circle on Sunday, Sept. 11th, starting at 1:30 p.m (location TBA). All harpists welcome.
Official Facebook page for Peace Hour (an all-day international event): http://on.fb.me/o5NCe3
Peterborough Harp Circle Event page: http://on.fb.me/osT3VJ
Updates will be posted here and on our Facebook page.
One of the most frequently asked questions on the Celtic Harp Page is what makes for a good beginner harp. First-time players are often baffled by the abundance of choice, and usually hampered by a limited budget. They want a harp that is inexpensive, but still has a nice sound and a decent range.
With that in mind, I’ve outlined a few basic things that will help when looking for a beginner harp.
For more on all the different types and styles of harp available to choose from, you can browse the “What Type of Harp Should I Get?” section on the CHP.
For anyone who, like me, was still going through the old Hobgoblin site to get to the Stoney End Harps section, they have their own website now, all new and spiffed up, which should make browsing and the like easier:
Update: The links on the Celtic Harp Page are now up-to-date; we have also begun the process of revising the list of sample harp costs in the “What Harp Should I Get?” section of the FAQ, to reflect 2011 pricing.
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).