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's Open to the Public?

Festival will award scholarships at Mid-Atlantic Fleadh

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 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."


Register Now for the 2016 Festival
$45 discount if you register by July 11

Join us July 21-24, 2016 in Parsippany NJ

See our Workshops pages for the 2016 Program
Our Presenter roster has plenty of new faces & old friends
Got a harping child? See our Youth Harp Program

Thursday Specials:

robbingrainne & billycarol thompson

Teachers' Symposium
with Robbin Gordon-Cartier

Celtic Kick-off with William Jackson &
Grainne Hambly

Renaissance Music for Beginners with Carol Thompson

A Day in the Life of a Therapeutic Musician with Melinda Gardiner

blues immersion

Sunday Special Add-on
with Deborah Henson-Conant



Scenes from our 2015 Festival

mcdermotts handytwinssylviacandyce
sarah & phillast songrobbin