Rhett Barnwell
  Debbie Brewin-Wilson
  Nicolas Carter
  Cynthia Cathcart
  Dominique Dodge
  David Eisner
  Edie Elkan
  Aryeh Frankfurter
  Laurence Furr
  Melinda Gardiner
  Martha Gallagher
  Maeve Gilchrist
  Robbin Gordon-Cartier
  Dennis Gormley
  Gráinne Hambly
  Shyamali Hauth
  Deborah Henson-Conant
  William Jackson
  Liza Jensen
  Kathy Kasley
  Josh Layne
  Lisa Lynne
  Joanna Mell
  Alfredo Rolando Ortiz
  Laurie Riley
  Kim Robertson
  Michael Rooney
  Sunita Staneslow
  Ellen Tepper
  Carol Thompson
  Sharon Thormahlen
  Dennis Waring

Presenters       Hambly >Kasley

Gráinne Hambly

grainneIn Zen Guitar, the author talks about finding the silence between the notes. Even when playing a reel full stop, Gráinne Hambly, exhibits such poise, authority and skill that every note has its moment giving her music a depth that is hard to describe. Velvet wrapped around steel, might get close! Her style of playing and her accompaniments while firmly traditional, incorporate and celebrate contemporary rhythms with amazing dexterity and flawless taste. Her accomplishments are many. She is popular in many countries and she tours around the world, has three solo CDs, two music books and two CDs with William Jackson. With a master's degree from Queens University in Belfast and years of workshop experience, her teaching skills match her playing; she is patient, clear, and sharp-eyed. She teaches at most of the major summer schools in Ireland and is in much demand here when she's on tour. She was also on staff at You Gotta Have Harp's Harpers' Escape Weekend for 16 years. This year she is heading our first Harpers' Escape at Somerset Sunday program and following the festival she will be one of the guest musicians on the Harp Tour of Ireland from July 31-August 10. For the advancing student, eager to take on challenges, (warning: she makes it look easy!) Gráinne is a great choice.

Presenter website: Gráinne Hambly

Harpers' Escape at Somerset (advanced level)
Level: Adv. Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 1-10pm   More Info   

Irish Session
Level: Any Type: When: Sat. 10pm   More Info   

Irish Slow Airs
Level: Int-Adv Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Shyamali Hauth

shyamali hauthShyamali Roy Hauth ((Yoga Alliance ERYT) is the founder of Mahari Yoga, a yoga & meditation school located in Reston, Virginia, with a secondary branch in Southern Illinois. She teaches Hatha yoga and meditation as well as trains the next generation of yoga teachers. She has worked with a variety of musicians and dancers and has developed yoga techniques to enhance their performance as well as reduce chronic use stress. Born in India, she learned from Guru Pankaj Charan Das, and later was certified in the Himalayan Institute tradition through Omaha Yoga and Body Work Center. She has a Masters in Human Resource Management and spent 10 years on active duty in the US Air Force. As with all our presenters she has a harp connection, of course! Shyamali began playing harp late in life, when she and her child both took lessons with Kathy DeAngelo, now festival director.

Presenter website: Mahari Yoga

Body, Mind and Instrument
Level: Any Type: Demo When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Performance Anxiety & Stress Reduction with yoga
Level: Any Type: Demo When: Fri. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Sunrise Yoga 1
Level: Any Type: Demo When: Fri. 8am   More Info   

Sunrise Yoga 2
Level: Any Type: Demo When: Sat. 8am   More Info   

Deborah Henson-Conant

deborah henson-conant We welcome Deborah back to our faculty to challenge you to boldly go where no harper has gone before. Since one reviewer called her the ‘wild woman of the harp,’ Deborah describes herself as being "cross-genre: jazz-pop-comedy-blues-flamenco-celtic.” During her impressive career which includes a CD that was nominated for a Grammy, Deborah has brought the harp out of the demure background and into the electric limelight! Mixing music and theatre Deborah performs solo or with a symphony with equal ease. When orchestrating her own music, she often engages symphonic musicians in unexpected ways. Writes another reviewer “her life, her shows, her instrument, her workshops, and her music are all about transformation.” For the last two years Deborah has been presenting an additional all-day Sunday program, which were so well received, that we've come up with a new program to help extend your weekend at the festival. She'll do four workshops for us and then present her own special Sunday Improv Expansion..

Presenter website: Deborah Henson-Conant

Gear Up!
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Improv Expansion Sunday!
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9-5pm   More Info   

Play the Nightingale
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Sing & Play!
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Twelve-Minute Mentor
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30-11am   More Info   

William Jackson

william jacksonSimply listing William Jackson’s achievements, as musician, performer and composer can’t come close to capturing the brilliant spirit, musical intelligence, dry wit, and sympathy that he brings to every instrument he plays, piece he composes and class he teaches. Although the harp is his primary instrument, Billy’s knowledge and experience allows him to move comfortably from the bouzouki to the tin whistle. In 1976 he was a founding member of Ossian, a breakthrough Scottish band. His richly woven and bold compositions, The Wellpark Suite, St. Mungo, Inchcolm, and A Scottish Island, reveal him as a master of orchestration with a sensitivity to contemporary tastes and the traditional idiom. In 1999 his composition 'Corryvreckan' from the album Inchcolm was included on Fiona Ritchie's favourites collection, "The Best of The Thistle & Shamrock, Volume 1." More recently he composed “Fantasia on Scottish Themes” for the Asheville Symphony Orchestra” in North Carolina. He is now living in Ireland. His 2009 CD with Grainne Hambly debuted at Somerset. Besides many CDs he also has one book, Scottish Traditional Music, complementary to the CD The Ancient Harp of Scotland. He was on staff at You Gotta Have Harp's Harpers' Escape Weekend for eight years. He was recognized with Somerset's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

Presenter website: William Jackson

Composing a la Scottish Harp Tradition
Level: Int-Adv Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Harpers' Escape at Somerset (intermediate level)
Level: Int. Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 1-10pm   More Info   

Music Therapy using a small harp
Level: Any Type: Lecture When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Liza Jensen

lisa jensenLiza has studied harp maintenance and mechanics privately under the tutelage of master harp builders Pat Dougal and John Pratt. She has worked out in California with Triplett Harps and is a warranty repair service for their company. She is the only American woman to be invited by Jakez Francois, president of Camac Harps, the most innovative harp manufacturer in the world, to become a warranty repair service for their company.

Liza will be doing harp regulation and string changing at the festival by appointment. You can contact her in advance at lizacjensen@gmail.com or call her at 917-696-5974

DIY harp maintenance 1: Knot Tying
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 11:30am   More Info   

DIY harp maintenance 2: Tuning
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 11:30am   More Info   

Harp Regulation & Maintenance
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Kathy Kasley

kathy kasleyKathy Kasley is a certified U.S. Water Fitness Association instructor, and has been teaching water exercise in the Williamsburg VA area. She plays Celtic harp and has become a certified music practitioner with MHTP and plays harp in hospitals and hospice in her area. As a harpist with arthritis, she has found that exercise can profoundly help hand articulation and the ability to continue to play with ease. This is Kathy's fourth year at Somerset leading this morning workshop at the pool for the early risers at the festival.

Presenter website: Kathy Kasley

Water Workout
Level: Any Type: Swim When: Fri. 7:30am   More Info   

Water Workout
Level: Any Type: Swim When: Sat. 7:30am   More Info   

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