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Great Stuff & Other Special 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:

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Friday Night after the Concert: Scottish Session

Join Sue Richards & Sharon Knowles

Friends Playing with Friends

If traditional Scottish music is your thing, be a friend to the Scottish Harp Society of America and join Sue Richard and Sharon Knowles 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, Maire niChathasaigh, 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 Friday afternoon or Kim Robertson's Accompaniment & Backup on Saturday or Dennis Gormley's Playing in an Irish Session: Other Instruments. Players and listeners alike are welcome.

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

Nancy Hurrell

Maire niChathasaigh &
Chris Newman
Rachel Hair

Erik Ask-Upmark

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 2018 Menu:
California mixed green salad with assorted dressings
Toasted couscous with roasted vegetables and sundried tomato vinaigrette
Parmesan basil crusted chicken picatta
Baked eggplant parmigiana
Pesto crusted salmon
Sauteed vegetable medley sidedish
Chocolate lovers cake & Italian tiramisu
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. This is a perk for conference attendees. You must be registered at the festival to take advantage of this. 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.

Harp pool loaner 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 so we know how many harps to secure. Deadline for applying for a loaner harp: May 1 (the early-bird deadline). No guarantees after that date. At the festival then all you do is sign out your harp at the Registration Desk by 9am. Please: if you are coming by car do not ask for a loaner harp just because it's more convenient than bringing your own harp. We have a limited supply that enables people who truly need them to have them.

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.

Harp Parking

What's this? You can temporarily park your harp in our Harp Park, located at the end of the Exhibit Hall, while you have a meal or go shopping. 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. There's a minor traffic jam getting into and out of the Harp Park right after/before workshops. Please be patient and be sure your harp has a name tag on it. We'll provide one if you don't have one. Absolutely no harps may be schlepped through the Exhibit Hall.
Harp Park hours:
9am-9pm (no overnights!) You must pick up your harp at the end of the evening concert.

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

Do you have a harp or music product to sell?
Get a booth or table at the festival. Call Kathy 856-795-7637.
Here's our rate card.

Updated 5/9/18
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