April 27, 2016

Looking ahead – mid-summer

The Somerset Folk Harp Festival, now in its 15th year, continues to be an excellent workshop – well worth your time!  It is four days of tons of things to learn, see, do, and hear. 
And this year is an excellent opportunity for those of us who favor Celtic music.  The moon and the stars just happened to align this year and there are three top harpers coming directly from Ireland: Grainne Hambly, Janet Harbison, and Kathleen Loughnane – wow!  In addition, the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to William Jackson on Thursday night.  Billy has been one of many people’s earliest harp influence and he’s definitely been a Scottish music influence and musical icon for decades.  Celtic has always meant more than Irish and Scottish and this year Tristan LeGovic brings Brittany to the mix, delivering Breton music workshops (last year these were packed!).  And don't miss the opportunity to see Grainne & Billy performing in the very popular Celtic Kick-off on Thursday afternoon to get the festival off to a great start.

Not big on Celtic? No problem – one of the other wonderful things about Somerset is that there is an amazing diversity of workshops available to suit all tastes and skill levels.  Deborah Henson-Conant will be there delivering her energy and teaching four workshops.  She will also present her own full Sunday add-on Blues Improv Immersion (wow!).  And if that’s not enough, there will also be a Listening Room where you’ll be able to see Salieu Suso from Gambia on the African kora on Saturday – this is an amazing instrument and you should not miss the opportunity to learn more about it.

For more information and to register go to: http://www.somersetharpfest.com.  Go there soon and get the early-bird $100 discount if you sign-up by May 1!  I will miss it this year (I’ll be in Scotland for the Harp the Highlands and Islands tour!) if you go, tell me what I missed!!

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