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May 18, 2019: WYSO Harp Esnemble (+ Concert Orchestra) concert at Mills Hall, Madison, WI at 4 PM

Carbon Fiber Harp Event with Heartland Harps Founder Dave Woodworth
Sunday, May 19, 6-8 PM
Holiday Inn Madison at The American Center
5109 W Terrace Dr, Madison, WI
Come join us for a Carbon Fiber Harp Experience with Heartland Harps' Founder Dave Woodworth. Heartland Harps has been handcrafting harps since 1984. In 2009, they fused the art of harp-building with cutting edge technology and introduced the first harp hand-crafted completely from carbon fiber. The Heartland harps have redefined the harp experience by offering the world a harp that is lightweight, impervious to the elements, virtually indestructible, and tuning stable–all with a beautifully rich and resonant tone. They currently offer six lever harp models (to include two double-strung models), and a 47-String Concert Grand pedal harp–the Starlight.

Heartland Harp models on hand to see and try will include:
25-String Air Serenity Lap Harp - Brand New
36-String Infinity Harp with curved soundbox and extendable leg 
36-String Legend Harp with classic stave back
38-String Delight Harp with curved soundbox
47-String Starlight Concert Grand Pedal Harp with Newly Redesigned Pedal Action

Take advantage of this opportunity to try out the models in person.

Visitors are welcome to all harp circles.  For workshops, everyone present should pay the fee unless they are accompanying a child.  If you have questions about the group or want to learn more about harping in Madison or what a harp circle is, please contact Rachel (608-663-2912).

Music swap - have any music you're no longer playing? Bring it to the next harp circle, put a sticky note with your name and how much you'd like for the music, and see if it finds a new home!

Carbon Fiber Harp Event Flyer for May 19
Harp Circle Music
A Fig for a Kiss (two version, the first shows how you can use the left hand to grab the marked notes to make playing the tune easier and help you increase your speed).
Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore (Jennifer Pratt-Walter)
Trippin' Up the Stairs (you have to "purchase" it, but it's a free download)
Minuet in G Major (Christian Petzold, previously thought of as a composition by J. S. Bach)
Flight of the Mountain Blue Bird (harp trio by Janet Lanier, and there is also a link at the bottom to a duet version)
Four pieces/arrangments by Scottish Harpist Rachel Hair from this site (click below for each file):
Arrane ny Niee - Traditional, arr. Rachel Hair
Auldyn River - Composed by Paul Cringle, arr. Rachel Hair
Flitter Dance - Traditional, arr. Rachel Hair
Hop-tu-Naa - Traditional, arr. Rachel Hair
Ruff Raggae - by Ben Creighton Griffiths, as part of the JaNEWary2019 challenge (video available - see Day 21 of challenge)
Funky Blues - by Ben Creighton Griffiths, as part of the JaNEWary 2018 challenge (video available - see Day 30 of challenge)

Upcoming harp events

In Wisconsin
IrishFest LaCrosse (La Crosse, WI), August 9-11, 2019.
IrishFest Summer School in Milwaukee, Week of Aug. 12, 2019. Teachers/classes to be announced.
Irish Fest (Milwaukee, WI), August 15-18, 2019.  One of the biggest irish festivals in the country, with a dedicated harp tent!
Harps in the Glen (West Bend, WI), August 22-25, 2018, a Retreat with Kim Robertson and Sunita Staneslow.

---Also see the list from the ISFHC
The Harp Gathering (Sauder Village in Archbold, OH), May 16-19, 2019.  Another great festival for lever harp. The 2019 instructors so far are Patrice Fisher, Christa Grix, Kim Robertson, Denise Grupp-Verbon, Frank Voltz, Janet Witman, Joy Slavens, and Beth Stockdell/
Somerset Folk Harp Festival (Parsipanny, NJ), July 18-21, 2019. One of the largest harp festivals for lever harp. Too many presenters to list here, but here's the list.
Colorado's Spanish Peaks Harp Retreat (Walsenburg, CO) Sep. 25-29, 2019. Instructors are Don Hillsberg, Maire Ni Chathasaigh (from Ireland), Sue Richards, Jaimee Joroff.
Huron Harp Fest (Goderich, Ontario), Oct. 4-6, 2019.  Instructors are Kim Robertson, Sharlene Wallace, Ailie Robertson, Robin Grenon & Gisele Guibord, Dominique Dodge, and Aimee Berends.  You can also check out their Facebook page.