2017 Presenters to be announced January 1
  Debbie Brewin-Wilson
  Nicolas Carter
  David Eisner
  Edie Elkan
  Melinda Gardiner
  Maeve Gilchrist
  Robbin Gordon-Cartier
  Dennis Gormley
  Gráinne Hambly
  Shyamali Hauth
  Deborah Henson-Conant
  William Jackson
  Liza Jensen
  Kathy Kasley
  Alfredo Rolando Ortiz
  Laurie Riley
  Kim Robertson
  Sunita Staneslow
  Carol Thompson
  Dennis Waring

Presenters       Ash > Eisner

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
Level: Nov.-Beg Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Basically Beginning II
Level: Nov.-Beg Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Basically Beginning III
Level: Nov.-Beg Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9-10:30am   More Info   

Celtic Service
Level: Any Type: When: Sun. 8am   More Info   

Singing with the Saints
Level: Beg-Int. Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Nicolas Carter

nicolas carter At home in two cultures, Nicolas Carter was raised in Asuncion, Paraguay, where he learned to play the Paraguayan harp and in Minnesota. His principal teacher Isidro Caballero (Father to Paraguay's harp genius Nicolasito) taught him in the traditional folk style of learning by ear, an “ideal way for me to learn, every note I have to hear and feel it.” Playing professionally since 1988 in a variety of settings, as accompanist to singer Lizza Bogado, to playing in a various trios and groups from “Son del Sur” (Song from the South, Latin-American folk music), and “Los Amigos” (traditional Mexican music) to ” Nube” (New World Fusion). As a solo harpist, Nicolas has had concerts in Europe, the United States, and Latin America. Nicolas combines his passion for music with a deep interest in theatre, and indeed, holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Direction from the University of Minnesota. His CD’s, more than a dozen, reflect the several musical idioms from Latin to Fusion in which he is fluent. We welcome Nicolas back after an absence of a few years, since he moved to Asuncion Paraguay where he is now teaching.

Presenter website: Nicolas Carter

Paraguayan music class I
Level: Int Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Paraguayan music class II
Level: Int Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Paraguayan music class III
Level: Int Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9-10:30am   More Info   

Storytelling with Your Harp
Level: Int Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30-11am   More Info   


David Eisner

david eisnerDaivd Eisner is a long-time "folkie" whose passion for acoustic music makes him one heckuva great sound technician and why he's been our sound guy since 2008. As the founder of the Institute of Musical Traditions and the House of Music Traditions in Takoma Park, MD, David has been an integral part of the folk music scene in the Washington DC area for decades. He's been on the board of the Folklore Society of Greater Washington (FSGW ) since 1984 and is regularly recognized by the Washington Area Music Association for his contributions to the music community as a sound engineer, concert producer and business executive. We're having Dave reprise a really popular workshop he's done for us on sound gear and how to be heard!

Sound Decisions on Amps & Sound Gear
Level: Any Type: Lecture & demo but bring your harp When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   More Info   


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