Calendar

Welcome to our calendar!  Here you will find events of harp interest throughout the Pacific Northwest. (As submissions come from so many different sources, the Puget Sound Folk Harp Society cannot guarantee the accuracy of every detail; please check with the contact person when listed if you have questions or concerns about the event.) If you would like your harp event to be listed here, please contact info@reigningharps.com  for submission guidelines.

APRIL 2024

Apr 2 On-line. Note that School of Magical Strings Spring Term Classes have been changed to begin April 16; see below.

Apr 8-12 On-line. Free Workshop: Deborah Henson Conant 5-Day Baroque Flamenco “Make-it-EASY” Challenge. There’s no lesson time you have to get to. Everything is conveniently online and flexible to fit your schedule. In only 15 minutes a day, you’ll learn a version this piece that is at your level – fledgling, intermediate or advanced. She will break down the piece to its basic elements and patterns in 5 short mini-trainings. By the end of the week you’re playing your own Simple-and-Fun version of Baroque Flamenco. For more info or to register see https://www.hipharp.com/5dbfc-optin.

Apr 11 Redmond WA. The Eastside Harp Circle roams again! This time to the Redmond Public Library on Thursday, April 11. Come anytime after 10:00 am when the library opens for setup, tuning, and chatting. The Zoom will begin at 11:00 am. After a 12:15 pm break for treats, we’ll resume until 1:30 pm. New ensemble books this month! Email Anna Jenkins for more information and the Zoom link at peaceharp@hotmail.com.

Apr 12 Grants Pass OR. Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter in House Concert; e-mail Aryeh@Lionharp.com for info and ticketing.

Apr 13 On-Line. Verlene Schermer Workshop, Saturday 4/13/24, 10 am – 12 pm pacific time — “Songs from Eastern Europe” for all instrumentalists and singers. You’ll learn tunes in 7/8, 5/8, 9/8 (not a slip jig!), 4/4 and 2/4 from Armenia, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine. You’ll be provided with lever harp arrangements that can also be played on piano. In addition, classical and finger style guitarists will be provided with arrangements of the tunes in guitar notation and tablature. Singers can use the “harp and vocal” arrangements to sing along. Cost of the workshop: $30 per person. Here’s how to register: https://tinyurl.com/SongsFromEasternEurope.

Apr 13 Bothell WA. The next meeting of the Pacific Northwest wire-strung harp circle will be on Saturday, April 13 from 2-5 PM at Nan Pardew’s home in Bothell. Please RSVP by Thursday, April 11 if you’re planning to attend. Contact Nan at nan@twelfthmonth.org.

Apr 13 Coquitlam BC. Join Triskelion (Rebecca Blair (harp), Michelle Carlisle (flute/voice) and Rosie Carver (fiddle)), as they invite you along for a concert of soulful songs, lively jigs and pop hits – all with a wonderful Celtic twist! The concert promises to be a fun and enchanting evening of music and whimsy. Triskelion is in concert at the Place des Arts in Coquitlam (1120 Brunette Ave.) on Saturday, April 13 at 7 pm. Tickets are $16 for students/seniors and $21 for adults (+GST) Info: www.placedesarts.ca.

Apr 16-May 21 On-line. NOTE DATE CHANGE! Virtual Harp Classes, School of Magical Strings – Spring Term 2024 Begins Tuesday, April 16. Classes meet for 1 hour, once a week, for 6 weeks, 6-7 PM. Fee: $195. Carolan’s Journey’ is the theme, following the life of this legendary 17th century blind Irish harper/composer through his captivating and timeless melodies, navigating as he did the challenging realms of religious and political strife, along with the transition of the old music to the new. Ultimately, he came to be a dynamic peacemaker (in spite of his mischievous ways) leaving us with a delightful legacy of music that is loved and played world-wide to this day, 300 years later! To register, email info@magicalstings.com.

Apr 18 On-line. Harps Etc. presents Dr. Cheryl Ann Fulton Workshop: Welsh Airs for Lever and Pedal Harps. Thursday, April 18th, 2024, 3:00 – 4:00 pm PDT on Zoom (login info is sent out the day before the workshop). The Welsh Airs embody their country’s spirit — past and present — in their beautiful melodies and arrangements. They combine elements of traditional folk music with formal composition, and include an interesting mixture of baroque and early classical forms and styles. Learn several Welsh Airs from The Welsh Harper by John Parry and talk about how to play some of the variations composed for triple harp on lever and pedal harps. Dr. Fulton (www.cherylannfulton.com) will also do a short lecture demonstration on one of her Welsh triple harps. For more info or to register see https://www.harpsetc.com/third-thursday-with-dr-cheryl-ann-fulton.html.

Apr 19-21 Port Orchard WA. Puget Sound Folk Harp Society’s Spring Folk Harp Festival, residential weekend with harp workshops, activities, socializing, and fun, all at a new venue! Festival is full, thanks so much for your interest and support!

Apr 19 Olympia WA. Grainne Hambly, harp, (with Randal Bays Trio), Concert 7:30 pm, The Coach House (Lord Mansion), 211 21st Ave SW. Cost: $25. Tickets available here: https://randal-bays.square.site/product/irish-music-in-the-baroque-era-april-19-2024/15). From Co. Mayo, Ireland, harper Gráinne Hambly joins Randal Bays, Susan Waters and Clint Dye for a concert/talk exploring the connections between traditional Irish music and the music of the European Baroque era.

Apr 20 On-line. Verlene Schermer Workshop, Saturday, 4/20/24 10:00 am – 12:00 pm pacific time — “Harp Chord Intensive” for harp (lever or pedal). In this workshop, you will have an opportunity to really drill those chords in root position and inversions, as well as “root-five-octave” patterns. You’ll learn how to get to your chords on time with both hands with a set of chord progressions. This would be a great warm-up class to next week’s “The Sing-Along Harper” class. Cost of the workshop: $30 per person. Here’s how to register: https://tinyurl.com/HarpChordIntensive.

Apr 20 Portland OR. Meeting Third Saturdays: Harps at Artichoke, 2007 SE Powell Blvd., Portland OR. 12-1:30 pm. Play-along tune book on site, solos most welcome. Come enjoy harp company in Artichoke’s cozy cafe, a fabulous community music making space, led by established harpist Tracey Rose Brown. $5-10 facility fees. For more info contact Tracey at Tbharpsong@gmail.com.

Apr 20 Seattle WA. Dusty Strings presents Grainne Hambly Workshop: Irish Traditional Dance Music for Harp: An Introduction to Ornamentation and Arranging. $60.00. Saturday, April 20, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, In-Person at Dusty Strings Music Shop, 3406 Fremont Ave N. Registration and Refund Deadline: Thursday, April 18. Come learn about the different types of ornamentation used in Irish music, also some approaches to creating interesting and stylistically appropriate arrangements. This workshop is geared towards advanced beginner/early intermediate harp players. Tunes will be taught by ear, with written music provided as back-up. Please bring your harp or call ahead to reserve one. A recording device is also recommended. For more info or to register see: https://store.dustystrings.com/c-2342-group-classes-sku.aspx.

Apr 20 Seattle WA. Grainne Hambly, harp, (with Randal Bays Trio), Concert 7:30 pm, presented by Early Music Seattle at Faith Lutheran Church, 8208 18th Ave NE For more info and tickets see RANDAL BAYS & CEÓLTOIRÍ CASCADIA: Irish Baroque II : Early Music Seattle.

Apr 21 Mountlake Terrace WA. The Third Sunday Harp Circle meets Third Sundays at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 2 to 4:30 pm. Friendly and relaxed group, all styles and ability levels of harping welcome, solo playing is encouraged but never required. For more information or to be on the reminder list, contact Diane at mdianem@seanet.com.

Apr 21 Portland OR. Grainne Hambly, harp, (with Randal Bays Trio), Concert, 3:00 pm, Sam and Aine’s ‘Wee Ceili Room’. Ticket info at www.grainnehambly.com as date nears.

Apr 21 Corvallis OR. Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter, 7:00PM, Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts, 470 SW 15th Street, Corvallis, OR 97331. A special 1/2 hour demonstration performance for grand opening of new state of the art Performance Center on the OSU campus.

Apr 26 Vancouver WA. Vancouver WA/Portland OR Harp Circle meets the fourth Friday of every month at Cascade Park Community Library, 600 NE 136th Ave, Vancouver WA. Group tunes, individual tunes and/or songs, creative expression, and a great time! Welcome to all ability levels, from 10 am-12 pm Pacific Time. For more info or to confirm date and time, contact Donita at donita_andrews@yahoo.com.

Apr 27 On-line. Verlene Schermer Workshop, Saturday, 4/27/24 10:00 am – 12:00 pm pacific time — “The Sing-Along Harper ” open to all harpists. If you’ve ever wished you could play harp along with group sing-alongs like guitarists do with only words and chords on your music stand, this class is for you! You can also use the fingerpicking patterns for accompanying melody instruments. If you have not purchased the book “The Sing-Along Harper” and would like to, you can order a hard copy or a PDF version in advance. Cost of the workshop: $30. Here’s how to register: https://tinyurl.com/TheSingAlongHarper.

Apr 27 Tumwater WA. The Olympia area harp circle meets the fourth Saturday of every month at the Tumwater Timberlake Library, 1-3 pm. For more info or to confirm date and time, contact Jean at jeanmstewart@comcast.net.

Apr 28 Victoria BC. Josh Layne, just back from his tour “down under”, will be performing in his home town on April 28th (Sunday) at 2 pm at St. Mary’s church in Oak Bay. Further details will appear as the date nears on his web page at www.joshlayne.com.

MAY 2024

May 3 Ashland OR. Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter in House Concert; e-mail Lisa@LisaLynne.com for info and ticketing.

May 10 Vancouver BC. Triskellion (Rebecca Blair (harp), Michelle Carlisle (flute/voice) and Rosie Carver (fiddle)) will be performing at Musical Friends Coffeehouse (3502 Fraser Street, Vancouver) on Friday, May 10, 2024 at 7:30 pm Entry by donation, info: 604-874-1256.

May 10 Eugene OR. Irish harp expert Maire ni Chathasaigh and guitarist Chris Newman in Concert, Turning Tides Concerts. For more info see https://maireandchris.com/shows2024.html.

May 11 Seattle WA. Dusty Strings presents Rachel Hair Workshop: Simply Scottish Harp. $60.00. Saturday, May 11, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. In-Person at Dusty Strings Music Shop, 3406 Fremont Ave N. Registration and Refund Deadline: Thursday, May 9. Scottish music sounds spectacular on harp, and there are many tunes that are dearly loved throughout the world. Renowned Scottish harpist Rachel Hair will teach you some of these tunes, including melody and left hand accompaniment, as well as the stories and history behind the music. For beginner to advanced beginner harp players. Please bring your harp or call ahead to reserve one. Rachel teaches by ear and can also provide sheet music for those who wish to use it. You can also bring a recording device. For more info or to register see: https://store.dustystrings.com/c-2342-group-classes-sku.aspx.

May 11 Port Townsend WA. Irish harp expert Maire ni Chathasaigh and guitarist Chris Newman in Concert, Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St. Port Townsend WA 98368. Start time: 7 pm. For more info see https://maireandchris.com/shows2024.html.

May 12 Anacortes WA. Irish harp expert Maire ni Chathasaigh and guitarist Chris Newman in Concert. For more info see https://maireandchris.com/shows2024.html.

May 18 Dallas OR. Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter in Concert. Public Library, 6:00PM.

May 26 Seattle WA. Folklife Festival at the Seattle Center: Monica Schley presents Songs of Hildegard von Bingen, solo harp concert, at The Rotunda at 11-11:45 am. And also Songs of Hildegard von Bingen, workshop, at The Vera Project at 1:30-2:15 pm.

JUNE 2024

Jun 1 Bellevue WA. The Greater Seattle Chapter of the AHS is hosting a Random Acts of Harping event. All lever harps welcome! Date: Saturday June 1, 2024. Time: 11am to 1pm. Place: The wonderful, inspiring, Bellevue Botanical Gardens, at the Tateuchi Viewing Pavilion. 12001 Main St., Bellevue, WA 98005. Parking is free. Admission is free. This is an absolutely gorgeous little spot in the gardens, with a wood floor (covered in case of rain), open on three sides. The platform is tucked away in a semi-wooded space, just steps away from a little café, clean bathrooms, and many lovely walks. Bring your harp, or play one of ours. We will play in casual order, whatever you feel like playing. Children welcome. No alcohol. No amplification. Family friendly content only please. “The main purpose and goal of Random Acts of Harping is for harpers and harpists of ALL abilities and ages to take their harps out into public and just play – to share the beauty of the harp and its music with the general public.” For more information contact Cynthia Kuni at crkuni@hotmail.com.

Jun 1 Coyle WA. Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter in Concert; Coyle Concerts in the Woods, 3:00PM. See https://coyleconcerts.com/upcomingshows/.

June 2 Anacortes WA. Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter in House Concert; e-mail peggywoodsart@gmail.com for info and ticketing.


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