Presenter Roster

  Announced Jan. 1
  Old Friends
  & New Faces

  Can't make it to Somerset?
You Gotta Have Harp invites you to the
Harpers' Escape Weekend
October 2-4, 2015


Presenters       Ash > Dunham

Richard Ash

Richard Ash is the owner of Folkcraft Instruments, which has a booth in our Exhibit Hall for the second time. Folkcraft makes a variety of stringed and fretted instruments, including Appalachian dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, kantele, dulcilele, and ukulele. Armed with a music education degree from The Ohio State University, Richard was a school band director, so he really knows how to teach a group workshop! He's been teaching dulcimer, ukulele, harmonica and tin whistle instructor and is frequently "on the road" taking Folkcraft to festivals all across the country and performing and presenting. Richard is also the organizer of multiple music festivals. You'll find him in our Exhibit Hall most of the weekend, except when he's teaching our first dulcimer workshop offering.

Presenter website: Folkcraft Instruments

Appalachian Dulcimer for Anybody:
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 3:30pm.   

Debbie Brewin-Wilson

“My Muse, tho' hamely in attire, May touch the heart." said Robert Burns. There is nothing ‘hamely’ about Debbie’s artistry as a musician and singer, and the combination of these skills with her passion for Robert Burns results in music that echoes ‘the wood note wild’ as Burns describes the natural and unpretentious singing he liked best. An experienced performer and teacher, Debbie’s repertoire also includes many traditional Scots ballads and Scottish jigs, reels, and strathspeys as well. She is also an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church, her current congregation being in Maryland. To date, she has three solo CDs, Dream of Caledonia, Roots and Wings, and Love Came Down at Christmas, a mix of original and traditional songs. Cofounder, with Kathy DeAngelo of the Harper’s Escape (and co-author of the Escape tunebook, Ten Years of Tunes). Debbie has also published three song and harp arrangement collections: Burns for Bairns and Wood Notes Wild and her newest Harp of My King, a compilation of Celtic Tunes New & Old for Christian Worship, which also includes a CD companion.

Presenter website: Debbie Brewin-Wilson

Basically Beginning I, II, III
Level: Beg Type: Hands-on When: Fri., Sat. 9:30am, Sun. 9am  

Celtic Morning Prayer Service
Level: Any Type: Lecture When: Sun. 8am   

Jaque Davison

jaque davisonJaque Davison is the owner of Davison Associates which builds virtual-reality worlds using ActiveWorlds software. Mr. Davison has thirty years experience in 3D construction and virtual worlds. He completed award-winning projects for the U.S. Army, Florida Central University and private businesses. He also creates virtual worlds for training and education. He is heavily involved in developing information management techniques strongly integrating content on the Web with 3-D environments. This is his third year presenting at Somerset on a virtual harp world that he has created as a resource for harpists. He is a harp student and, for the last seven years, studies with Nanette Gibbs in Alexandria Virginia.

Internet for Harp Players
Level: Any Type: Lecture When: Fri. 9:30-11am  

Wide World of Harp on the Web
Level: Any Type: Lecture When: Fri. & Sat. 12:30-1:15pm 


Meriç Dönük

stephanie curcioMs. Dönük has had to cancel her appearance this year. Look for her at our 2016 festival.

Ever expanding our international harp horizons, this year Somerset welcomes Meriç Dönük from Mersin, Turkey. While acclaimed for her achievements in the classical pedal harp tradition, Meriç has also pursued an innovative and lively exploration of jazz-folk fusion, deriving her inspiration from the music of her country. She plays this repertoire, ranging from traditional Turkish music to jazz standards with jazz ensembles in Istanbul, including Elişi (Handcraft). Ms Dönük is the secretary for The Association for the Art of the Harp in Turkey and has performed within the project titled “In Tune with the Harp!” run by the association through funds made possible by the İstanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency.

Presenter website: Meriç Dönük

Candyce Dunham

candycedunham Interwoven with Candyce Dunham’s lifelong engagement with the harp is her commitment to the Suzuki method which was at the core of her own musical training as a child when she was taught by her mother (among others) herself a respected Suzuki teacher. An early award-winner, Candyce won a scholarship to the Eastman School of Music for Harp Performance. Her journey has led her to learning more than the harp, for teaching purposes she has studied bagpipe and tenor drumming, and is certified in Suzuki Harp and Piano. She judges for the Scottish Harp Society, teaches at a variety of celtic workshops around the country, and has created several harp programs, including The Dunham Harps Ensemble. Not stopping with those accomplishments, Candyce and her husband Benjamin rolled up their sleeves and have been building their own harps since 2001. When she's not presenting her workshops, she'll be at the Dunham Harps booth in the Exhibit Hall.

Presenter website: Dunham Harps

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