The Games presents a harp workshop for those interested in playing or watching.
Singer/songwriter Martha Gallagher is an enigma that defies musical pigeon-holes. Her original songs glide in the blink of an eye from wailing blues to Latin grooves to Classical inspirations, from swingin' Jazz to vibrant contemporary Folk. Her songs are down to earth yet spiritual. As an actress and storyteller she illuminates the happenings of daily life as beautiful gems of the heart and soul for us to recognize, live and cherish. Add to that the unusual twist that her instrument of choice is not the expected guitar, or piano, but the HARP, bold and beautiful. And not just any harp; Martha’s one-of-a kind Orphan Harp, named Hope, must be seen and heard!
As Martha was finishing college ( BA: Performance, Composing, Arranging and Recording) she attended a music conference where she saw someone playing the Celtic harp. She immediately fell in love with the instrument. She built her first harp and, not knowing anyone who taught harp, she began a journey of delight and discovery, teaching herself to play the lever harp.
Martha Gallagher has been delighting audiences with her distinctive and richly varied performances for over 35 years. She has a diverse musical background; from classical flautist with a symphony orchestra to lead singer in rock and jazz/blues bands. Her love affair with the Celtic harp started just as she finished college. She built her first harp and taught herself to play, beginning an ever-expanding adventure with her voice, her harp, her songs and her stories of life. Her one-woman shows appeal to harp playing audiences as well as music-loving audiences in general.
Martha’s extensive solo tours have taken her around the US and Canada, with several tours sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts. She has performed with such luminaries as six-time Grammy winners The Chieftains and been featured on numerous television and radio programs; appearances include BBC Television, Northeast Public Radio, North Country Public Radio and Good Morning Arizona.
Martha has been a guest artist/clinician at The Berklee College of Music and The Boston Conservatory. She has been a headlining performer, as well as an popular teacher and workshop leader, at many national festivals and conferences, including the Somerset Folk Harp Festival, Harp Gathering, Northern Lights Harp Fest, AHS National Conference, Southeastern Harp Weekend, Harp Con and the Big Sky Harp Festival. Her music and articles have been published in a variety of music and harp magazines. Martha is currently on the board of the International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen and is the CD reviewer for The Folk Harp Journal.
In 2014 she premiered her first orchestral work, a suite for lever harp and symphony, based on the story of her Orphan Harp, Hope. Martha enjoys working with a variety of ensembles, arranging and performing her original works with symphonies, vocal ensembles, hand bell ensembles and other groups. She has produced and recorded six CDS of primarily original music on her indie label Singing Strings.
For further information see adkharper.com
The Games presents a harp workshop for those interested in playing or watching a harp workshop.
The workshop will be suitable for all ages and skill levels. Bring your harp, tuning wrench and music stand. All welcome.
Friday, July 29, 11:00am-12:30pm in the Metcalfe Centre