Presenters for the 2016 Festival

The Somerset Folk Harp Festival is an amazing 4-day conference celebrating the diversity of music, talent and experience of the folk harp world. Whether you want to focus on one style or type of music, solidify some specific skills, or try out something new, the breadth of this year’s workshop offerings is sure to expand your musical horizon. Our Exhibit Hall is the best harp and music shopping under one roof you'll find anywhere on the East Coast. Daily concerts will inspire you. Come for the whole festival or just one day--plenty of registration options.

 

 


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What People Say About the Festival

"This is the best harp festival"--Jakez Francois, head of Camac Harps

"I loved the festival last summer and thought it was beautifully organized and had no complaints at all. I was very impressed. The people at the hotel were nice also and everything seemed to run smoothly." --Frances

"Dear Kathy, I keep thinking that I have learned so much at Somerset already that it would not matter if I skip a year or two. That never happens. You have put together a great line-up (as usual). You have outdone yourself!" --Marie

"Now that I'm retired and have time for all the things I had to put on hold...you can be sure I won't be missing the historical harp offerings." --Killian

"How do you do all this? It was amazing! Extremely well organized. Unbelievable variety... the only thing that could make it better would be more time!" Check out DHC's full Sunday Blues Immersion
 
"An exciting, enriching experience... I learned a great deal and met many wonderful people. Thanks for a world-class experience."--Marjorie
 
"I appreciate the opportunities provided to be exposed to various ethnic music genres."

 

What a Great Time at this year's fest!
Hope to see you again July 20-23, 2017

Watch our Facebook page for continuous postings of photos from the festival.

Some scenes from this year's festival

William Jackson receives our Lifetime Achievement Award

Harp Shopping in the Exhibit Hall was Brisk!

Janet Harbison lead a workshop in how to play at an Irish sesion, with guest musicians!

Salieu Suso gave everyone an up close and personal listen to the African kora

Kathleen Loughnane in concert. Great concerts every day.