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Great Stuff & "After Hours" Events

Friday Night after the Concert: Somerset's Got Talent!


Friends Playing for Friends

Join us for a relaxed coffeehouse-type get-together where you can listen and enjoy the music, or other talents, of your Somerset friends. We'll have the stage set with a few microphones, a few harps and turn the "show" over to participants. Those who would like to play, sing or dance or do their comedy routine, are asked to sign-up in advance at the registration desk on Friday. We'll have an Emcee handy to keep things moving along. Participants will get a Somerset t-shirt for their efforts. This has been a very popular event for the past 4 years. Here are some pix of the talent on stage:

tom & robbin

Friday Night after the Concert: Scottish Session at 10pm

Join Donna Bennett & Jen Narkevicius

Friends Playing with Friends

If traditional Scottish music is your thing, be a friend to the Scottish Harp Society of America and join Donna and Jen for rollicking reels, lively strathspeys, lilting jigs and maybe a few songs. Bring your harp or other musically appropriate instruments for this open session. Listeners are also welcome.

Saturday Night after the Concert: Irish Session at 10pm

irish sessionFestival director Kathy DeAngelo and a whole host of the festival's Celtic artists will anchor a traditional Irish music session. Sit-in with Grainne Hambly, Maeve Gilchrist, Kim Robertson, Dominique Dodge, and many others.

Other musically-appropriate instruments, besides harps, are definitely encouraged (no brass or basses please!). Never been to a session? Take William Jackson's Accompanying Other Instruments on Saturday afternoon. Players and listeners alike are welcome.

Saturday Night Folk Dance with Erik Ask-Upmark at 10pm

This was a spur-of-the-moment event last year that turned out to be so much fun that we're doing it again. The term in Europe for a dance evening with many different (international) styles would be “Bal Folk”, which also implies a large gathering of impromptu musicians as well as dancers.

Join Erik Ask-Upmark for a fun nightcap of European folk dancing. Here's your chance to try out some basic dance moves for the Polska, Bouree, Long Dance, Schottische, Jig and Reel--all taught by Erik. Wear comfy shoes! Hopefully we can have live music for this event. If you're interested in playing in the pick-up band, email Kathy!

Everyone is welcome to come!

Saturday Banquet: 5:30-7pm. Your Presenter Hosts

Sarah Deere-Jones
sarah deere-jones

Corrina Hewat
corrina hewat
Tristan LeGovic

Ann & Charlie Heymann

Live Harp Music with
Shyamali Hauth

Join Your Friends & Colleagues at a sumptuous meal catered just for the Somerset harp community. Stop. Relax. Connect with old friends and get to know the new friends you've made. We'll have tables that will be hosted by popular presenters and performers. Check out our vegetarian-friendly menu.
Tickets $50: must be purchased in advance. Check-off the Banquet option on the registration form. If registered already and you want to get a ticket, you can call Kathy at 856-795-7637 to order.

The 2019 Menu
California mixed green salad with assorted dressings
Penne Pesto Salad with Spinach, Tomato, Feta
Balsamic Marinated Chicken
Grilled Salmon with Lemon Beurre Blanc
Eggplant Rollatini with Ricotta Cheese and Tomato Sauce
Seasonal Vegetable Medley
Rolls and Creamery Butter
Salted Caramel Vanilla Crunch Cake
French Chocolate Mousse Cake
Freshly Brewed Coffee & Tea, Iced Tea

Jams: every night following the concert

What is a Jam? Quite simply, it's a social gathering where musicians come together to play music. We set aside some rooms for informal jams after each of the evening concerts and then line up a few "ringers" to help the prime the pump. Some of the jams use sheet music or are built on a particular theme. Pick one that's right for you. You can come to play or come to listen. There's also nothing stopping any number of friends from getting together to create their own jam either. We'll have a daily Jam list on the bulletin board near the registration desk where you can sign-up for a room and post your own session. (photo of Harpers Escape alumni who got together for a few tunes on Friday night in 2009.) Pull up a chair, grab your harp!

Getting Private Lessons

Many of our attendees would like to get in some private lesson time with their favorite presenters while they are at the festival. The cost is $75/hour and is paid directly to the artist at the time of the lesson. Lesson time/availability is strictly at the discretion of the artist. Put in a request by emailing Kathy with the name of the presenter and she will forward all requests.

Loaner Harp Program

If you are flying or coming by train to the festival and can't bring a harp, we will have a small pool of loaner harps available. Please indicate your need for a loaner harp on the Registration Form or email us. Deadline for applying for a loaner harp: May 1 (the early-bird deadline). Sorry, but we cannot guarantee what make/model or anything specific about the loaner harp you'll get. We try to accommodate everyone's needs but it's nearly impossible given the demand. Please don't ask me for a loaner harp just because it's more convenient than bringing yours. When you check-in at the festival, ask for your loaner harp and we'll get you to the pick-up point. In most instances, you keep the harp all weekend.

Want to make a harp available? If you would like to share your harp with a harp-less attendee, come to the Registration Desk and let us know what workshop period you won't need your harp and we'll arrange a hand-off time. If you have an extra smaller harp you can bring with you to the festival to loan out, you have my undying gratitude and you can email me and let me know I have another one to make available to a needy harper.

Harp Parking

What's this? You can temporarily park your harp in our Harp Park, located in the Exhibit Hall, while you have a meal or go shopping in the Exhibit Hall. Space is limited so if you are a hotel guest and don't need your harp for an extended period of time, please park your harp in your hotel room. We do have harpers coming for the day who don't have that option. Harp Parking hours: 9am-7pm (no overnights!) You must pick up your harp before the evening concert.

If you find a mistake in any of these schedules pages please let me know!


Updated 4/2/19
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