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CANCELLED - Harp Workshops with Hannah Flowers on Saturday, March 21, 2020

Registration is now open for the August 2020 Harp Retreat in West Bend, WI with Kim Robertson and Sunita Staneslow

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!

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 7-9, 2020.
IrishFest Summer School in Milwaukee, Week of Aug. 3, 2020. Teachers/classes to be announced.
Irish Fest (Milwaukee, WI), August 13-16, 2020.  One of the biggest irish festivals in the country, with a dedicated harp tent!
Harps in the Glen (West Bend, WI), July 30-Aug 2, 2020 (optional additional days on July 29-30), a Retreat with Kim Robertson and Sunita Staneslow.

---Also see the list from the ISFHC
The Harp Gathering (Sauder Village in Archbold, OH), May 15-17, 2020 (May 14 optional).  Another great festival for lever harp. The 2020 instructors so far are Robbin Gordon-Cartier, Sharon Thormahlen, Denise Grupp-Verbon, Frank Voltz, Rachel Hair, Nicholas Carter (more to be announced!). About 5.5 hour drive from Madison, WI.
Ohio Scottish Arts School (Berea, OH), June 27- July 3, 2020 at new location, Baldwin-Wallace University (about 7.5 hours from Madison, WI).  A week focused on learning Scottish music on the harp.  2020 instructors are Rachel Clemente, Rachel Hair, Jen Narkevicius, and Sue Richards. Aimed at students 12 years and older. Registration opens in March 2020.
Somerset Folk Harp Festival (Parsipanny, NJ), July 16-19, 2020. One of the largest harp festivals for lever harp. Registration and the initial list of performers/teachers will be posted on Jan 1, 2020.  Be sure to sign up during the early bird period for best pricing and to guarantee a free loaner harp to use during the festival.
Colorado's Spanish Peaks Harp Retreat (Walsenburg, CO) September 23-27, 2020.  Presenters are Kelly Stewart and Aine Minogue, and an advanced beginner class will be led by Jaimee Leigh Joroff.
Huron Harp Fest (Goderich, Ontario), returning October 1-3, 2021. You can also check out their Facebook page.