Harpist

9 July 2018

Traditional tunes at the West Dublin Hall

I was back in West Dublin yesterday for an impromptu intimate acoustic concert of traditional Irish, Galician, Cape Breton, and Breton tunes with the incomparable Jude and Charlie of Pennybrook. 

4 July 2018

Ragged Robin at Tuesday Tunes

Erin and I were so pleased to be back at Tuesday Tunes last night for the fourth time, sharing some new repertoire with a wonderful audience down at the Maritime Museum! These free concerts  continue throughout the summer, every Tuesday evening: maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/events


30 June 2018

Summer Weddings

The summer wedding season kicked off for me yesterday with a lovely sparkly wedding at the Westin Hotel. Looking forward to weddings coming up at Peggy's Cove, Liscomb Lodge, and The Old Orchard Inn!

24 June 2018

Tudor Music

I joined Aureas Voces yesterday for an afternoon concert of Tudor vocal music at St. David's church. This new early music ensemble performed some of the most beautiful repertoire for both vocal ensemble and soloists by Dowland, Campion, Daniels, Byrd, Gibbons, and Tallis. The harp took on the role of an accompanying lute during the solo selections.


 Ah Dear Heart - Orlando Gibbons
My Love Hath Vow'd - Thomas Campion

16 June 2018

End of term at the Conservatory

This week marked the last week of lessons at the Conservatory! This afternoon's small but mighty final harp recital featured student performances of traditional tunes, as well as works by Sharlene Wallace, Alphonse Hasselmans, Wendy Stewart, and Ruth K. Inglefield. 

2 June 2018

All Harps Rise

It was a treat last night to hear so many of my favourite harpists at the All Harps Rise fundraising concert. Organized by Cheryl Reid O'Hagan to support the creation of a new harp festival in October, the concert featured Cheryl, Alys Howe, Ardyth and Jennifer, Saeed Foroughi, Isabelle Gagnon, Maeve, Cameron Good, Tara Ehler, Lydia Maksym, and Eadaoin McGrath, as well as some large group harp pieces with 20+ harpists, pipes, organ, and flutes. Erin and I were very happy to be part of it!


the view from the back of the harp flotilla, photo by Leigh Beauchamp Day


26 May 2018

New Hermitage Tour + OBEY Convention

Starting at the CNMN, the New Hermitage spring tour continued with performances in Montreal, Fredericton, Saint John, Wolfville, Halifax, and Sackville. Over the course of the tour we shared shows with an amazing range of artists: Egyptian Cotton Arkestra, S,P-L,L, Sunday Synth Spa, Northern Apparatus, Wrote, Liu Fang, and id m theft able. The last two shows were under the umbrella of the OBEY Convention, which continues over the next few days with a packed lineup of free and PWYC shows and workshops. It has been a whirlwind week and a joy to travel and play with this crew!



25 May 2018

CNMN Forum 2018

From May 18-20, New Hermitage traveled to Victoriaville and Montreal to participate in the Canadian New Music Network Forum 2018. The forum's focus for this year was inter-arts practice and we attended an inspiring array of presentations and discussions on the topic. As part of the forum, New Hermitage presented two early morning soundwalks - one in each city.

http://www.newmusicnetwork.ca/en/


the last stop on our Montreal soundwalk - Melvin Charney's architectural garden

13 May 2018

Halifax view

The best view yet from the harp, at a party in Dartmouth:

30 April 2018

Tip the Bottle CD Launch

In the second CD launch of the weekend, Jeremy Finney released his debut album "Tip the Bottle" yesterday evening at the Old Triangle. The album contains an awesome array of brand new fiddle tunes, and I play on one very beautiful composition of Jeremy's: Stony Brook, the first tune of the second track. Check out the album, or purchase it here: jeremyfinneymusic.com/album/747942/tip-the-bottle ! 

29 April 2018

Pennybrook album release and farewell show

Pennybrook released their new album "This Old House" at the West Dublin Hall last night. Heather Cameron (fiddle) and myself joined them for the second set of the evening. They've written lots of fantastic original tunes and the album also features traditional and cover songs with gorgeous harmonies. Last night may be their last concert together for some time and so the evening was also a celebration of their time together over the past years. 

22 April 2018

Rachel Taylor Voice Recital

Rachel Taylor performed a spectacular recital last night at St. Andrew's church. It was the final performance of her music degree at Dalhousie and it was a treat to join her for a piece for soprano and harp by Isabella Colbran.

18 April 2018

Video from West Dublin Concert

Mark Currie and I just received some video footage from our concert back in October at the West Dublin Community Hall. Many thanks to Jude and Jim for your audio and video expertise! Here is a set of reels (more to come):


16 April 2018

Mirror of the Heart in Lunenburg

On Saturday night in Lunenburg the Manning Chapel Choir performed its Mirror of the Heart repertoire for the second time. Central United Church is an acoustically beautiful place to perform and was the perfect location for the final concert of the Chapel Choir's season. Thank you to John Scott and the members of the fabulous choir for including me in these concerts!



15 April 2018

New Hermitage and Jeff Reilly

On Friday evening, New Hermitage performed at the Halifax Music Co-op with special guest Jeff Reilly on bass clarinet. It was our first time in that excellent venue! Poster art by Andrew MacKelvie.

Andrew and Ross at the soundcheck

13 April 2018

Nourish NS

Last night I was introduced to Nourish NS, a great organization that helps to bring healthy breakfast programs and vegetable gardens to schools across the province, among other initiatives. I was very pleased to play at their spring supper! You can read about their work here: nourishns.ca

8 April 2018

Student Recitals

Harp students played in a couple of lovely recitals this week. On Friday at Acadia, a combined guitar and harp recital, and on Saturday at the Conservatory, a junior recital open to all instruments. Congratulations to all the performers!

tuning up for the recital at Manning Chapel

1 April 2018

Mirror of the Heart

This past Friday evening, I had the pleasure of playing with the Manning Chapel choir in their concert, Mirror of the Heart. The program included Holst's "Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda" for harp and women's voices. This concert will be repeated on April 14th in Lunenburg!




26 March 2018

Sunday afternoon

The usual Henry House crew at it again on a Sunday afternoon.

18 March 2018

St. Patrick's Day at Finbar's

Dusty and I played for the keen early morning crowd at Finbar's Irish pub in Bedford yesterday.

16 March 2018

Homeplace

Erin and I were delighted to perform at Pier 21 last night for the opening reception of Homeplace, a new dance piece choreographed by Kathleen Doherty for Votive Dance and inspired by her time spent in Ireland. Keep track of Votive Dance's exciting work here: facebook.com/VotiveDance/





25 February 2018

Way to Grace CD release

Dusty performed his CD release show for Way to Grace last night to a packed house at the Old Triangle. Many thanks to Dusty for involving me on this project for the last couple of years. Check out his new album below:


31 January 2018

Sailing on Strings

Eastlink TV recently aired this 20 minute documentary about Cheryl Reid O'Hagan, my first teacher and founder of the Nova Scotia Harp Ring. Through performing, recording, teaching, and connecting people with instruments, she has created a large and thriving community of Nova Scotian harp players in the span of 20 years. The work Cheryl has done is truly amazing, check out her story below:

10 January 2018

Recording with Jeremy Finney

I had a fun morning yesterday at New Scotland Yard, doing a bit of recording for Jeremy Finney's upcoming album! The album consists of original compositions by Jeremy and will be released in April. Stay tuned!

6 January 2018

New Hermitage at Open Waters Festival

Last night, New Hermitage kicked off Open Waters Festival 2018 with a performance at the Dunn Theatre. The festival is a celebration of new and improvised music, and this year it features 20 performances in five different locations around Halifax. The festival runs Jan 5-10, and the schedule is here: http://www.upstreammusic.org/concert-series/open-waters-festival-18