Nov. 3rd Harp Concert in Ottawa

What: Ottawa Harp Concert November 3, 2012
Who: Lucile Hildesheim, Gordon Johnston, Acacia Lyra and Zephyr Harps
Place: St. John the Evangelist (154 Somerset West at Elgin Street)
Time: 7:30 pm  / Tickets: $20
Reception following the concert

Exhibit tables of harp accessories will be in place. This concert will formally kick off the Northern Lights Harp Fest scheduled for October 2013. Registration will begin soon with a Christmas special in December. The line-up of presenters for the fest will be announced at intermission.

Info courtesy of Joanne Griffin.

Ottawa Harp Circle Schedule 2012-2013

The regular Ottawa harp circle is back!  Schedule & info below, courtesy of Joanne Griffin.

Sunday, September 30
Sunday, October 21
Sunday, November 25
Sunday, December 16 Special program with Janice Parton
Sunday, January 27
Sunday, February 24
Sunday, March 31
Sunday, April 28

(Summary – the last Sunday of every month until April, except for October and December)

TIME: 12:30 arrival, 1pm start (prompt)
WHERE: library of Oakpark Retirement Community, 2 Valour Drive Ottawa, ON K1K 1K1 (613) 260-7144
BRING: harp, music stand, tuners and tuning keys, music: Finale, Northern Lights International Collection. Books will be available for sale at each circle.

– to have fun
– to make friends
– to share musical ideas
– to solve harp related problems
– to encourage each other
– to play together as an ensemble
– to have opportunities to play solo

All ages and ability levels are welcome.
Contact: Joanne Griffin at joanne.griffin @ (minus the spaces)

Celtic Concert Jan. 28 in Ottawa

From Mary Muckle, via the OntarioHarps list:

January 28, 2012
A Celtic music performance in celebration of the female patron saint of Ireland.
7:30pm, SAINT BRIGID’S CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, 310 Patrick St., entrance on Cumberland St.

The concert features MARY MUCKLE, harp & voice; KIRSTEN CARLSON, flute; THE OTTAWA YOUTH HARP ENSEMBLE under the direction of Mary Muckle, and the vocal trio DAUGHTERS OF BRIEN. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. For information email or phone 613-144-7373

Northern Lights Harp Fest

Just got back this morning, and what a weekend it was!  The first ever Northern Lights Harp Fest in Ottawa was a resounding success (despite the glitches with the sound system on the last day).   I had hoped to blog “live” (as it were) from the hotel, but my computer decided it didn’t like the hotel’s “plug ‘n’ play” internet hookup and refused to play along.   Turned out I didn’t really have any free time to spare, anyhow.  I only left the hotel once, and that was to walk one door over to the restaurant (which, it turns out, is accessible by a nearby escalator, so technically I could have spent the whole weekend indoors, only seeing the sky through the rain-streaked windows.)

Much too tired to write more today, but there will be full-fledged review of the event coming up, as soon as we’ve unpacked and I’ve had a chance at a real night’s sleep.  Update Dec. ’09: Real life intervened and I never did get around to a proper review, sorry about that. Hoping to get the Blog going regularly again in January, after things calm down. – T.H.

One final note for all who are interested, the NLHF is going to be held bi-annually, so start saving now for 2011!

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 or

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

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)

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!

Nancy Hurrell Workshop April 26 in Ottawa

Sunday, April 26th, 2-4pm
Harp Workshops with Boston Harpist

  • Playing in a Harp Ensemble
  • Renaissance Dance Music for Harp
  • Ottawa Mennonite Church
    1830 Kilborn Avenue
    Admission: $30 at the door
    And in advance:
    The Leading Note, 370 Elgin St.
    The Ottawa Folklore Centre, 1111 Bank St.
    Contact: Mary Muckle 613-825-1379


    We’ll begin with a short session on Playing in a Harp Ensemble, learning a multi-level ensemble arrangement by Nancy. All levels of playing are welcome, and music is provided. Ideas and tips to improve an ensembles’ sound are given, plus brief comments/demo on performing the ensembles in her new book, ‘The Ring of Harps’.

    The main workshop is Renaissance Dance Music for Harp. We’ll play Renaissance dances from the 16th century, and also learn the dance steps! Knowing the tempo and pulse of the dance is important for playing the music. We’ll also do some improvisation and discuss sources for music from the period. All levels of playing are welcome. (There will be a short tea break around 3:00pm.)

    Information courtesy of M. Muckle

    A Festival of Irish Music with Acacia Lyra

    March 10th 2009: A Festival of Irish Music with Acacia Lyra (harp and voice duo)

    The Irish Society of the National Capital Region, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann, Ottawa Branch, and The Gaelic Hour CHIN 97.9fm presents A FESTIVAL OF IRISH MUSIC. This concert, which launches Irish Week in Ottawa, will feature ACACIA LYRA, harp and voice duo with Janine Dudding and Susan Sweeney Hermon. Also performing are the Cohmhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann Traditional Musicians, the Sarah Shea Irish Dancers and the Ottawa Celtic Choir.

    Library and Archives Canada Auditorium,
    395 Wellington St., Ottawa.
    7:30 pm,
    Doors open at 6.30 pm.
    Tickets $17.50,
    The Ottawa Folklore Centre, 613-730-288

    Info courtesy of the OntarioHarps list.

    Upcoming December Concerts in the GTA and Peterborough

    Nov. 28 ’08 – ACACIA LYRA, an Ottawa harp and voice duo with Susan Sweeney Hermon and Janine Dudding, are pleased to be performing once again at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre 4th Stage, with guest musicians on flutes, fiddle, pipes, bodhran and bass. This versatile duo, who sing in many languages, accompanying themselves on Celtic harp and guitar, will present a “Hint of Winter”, with Yuletide and other traditional songs from Scandinavia, the Scottish Hebrides, Brittany, Ireland and Spain. National Arts Centre Fourth Stage, Friday November 28, 8pm. Tickets $16.00, available through or 613-755-1111, the NAC Box Office: 613-947-7000 and the Ottawa Folklore Centre: 613-720-2887. Further Information:, and

    Dec. 4 & 14 – Hurly Burly presents “In Sweetest Harmony”, a concert of Medieval & Renaissance holiday music, Peterborough, ON., a concert of Medieval & Renaissance holiday music, Peterborough, ON.On Thurs., Dec. 4th we’ll be giving a shortened concert free of charge, starting at 8:00 p.m. in the Lady Eaton College dining hall at Trent University. Sunday Dec. 14th at 2:30 p.m. is our full-length seasonal concert at St. John’s Anglican church in the Guild Hall. For more information please visit our website:

    Thursday, December 11 – Friday, December 12: In from the Cold Christmas Concert: The Youth Emergency Shelter (YES) presents In from the Cold 8 p.m., at the Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (336 George St., Peterborough). This year’s lineup features: Carried Away, renowned Peterborough folk/vocal group; Enrique Roy Claveer (aka. Curtis Driedger) with Namonia Phelps; The Convivio Chorus, an innovative choir directed by Susan Newman; Michael Ketemer – fingerstyle guitar virtuoso; Tanah Haney, Celtic Harpist and The Mandolin Society of Peterborough. Collectively these acts present an enchanting mix of Christmas music which you won’t find at any other Christmas concert. Tickets are $10 and are available at Titles Bookstore (379 George St., Peterborough). All ticket proceeds go to the Youth Emergency Shelter. For more information call (705) 748-2126. (Details courtesy of the Quid Novis website)