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  Rhett Barnwell
  Debbie Brewin-Wilson
  Nikolaz Cadoret
  Dominique Dodge
  Madeleine Doherty
  David Eisner
  Edie Elkan
  Patrice Fisher
  Laurence Furr
  Maeve Gilchrist
  Robbin Gordon-Cartier
  Dennis Gormley
  Rachel Hair
  Gráinne Hambly
  Shyamali Hauth
  Nancy Hurrell
  William Jackson
  Liza Jensen
  Kathy Kasley
  Joanna Mell
  Sam Milligan
  Maire niChathasaigh
  Jocelyn Obermeyer
  Alfredo Rolando Ortiz
  Karen Peterson
  Kim Robertson
  Sunita Staneslow
  Tomoko Sugawara
  Anne Sullivan
  Carol Thompson
  Dennis Waring
  Janet Witman

2018 Presenters    Hair > Kasley

Rachel Hair

rachel hairComing from a small village in the Scottish Highlands and now settled in cosmopolitan Glasgow reflects the trajectory of Rachel Hair's musical development. Steeped in traditional music yet highly contemporary when she wants to be! She started playing clarsach at 10 and grew up in Scotland's Fèis movement, a network of Gaelic-based traditional music schools across the Highlands and Islands with musical mentors like Allison Kinnaird, Corrina Hewat, Bill Taylor, and Wendy Stewart. Rachel now tours for a greater part of the year and spends quite a bit of time teaching harp on the Isle of Man and is involved in the Manx folk revival there. Rachel currently performs with acoustic guitarist Ron Jappy and they enjoy touring their eclectic mix of snappy Strathspeys, heartfelt airs, rip-roaring reels and chirpy jigs. She has been lucky enough to teach and perform in many countries throughout the world and was nominated Best Tutor at the 2016 Scots Trad Awards. In her Rachel Hair Trio, which was nominated as Folk Band of the Year at the 2011 Scots Trad Music Awards, she teams up with singer/guitarist Jenn Butterworth and double bassist Euan Burton for a decidedly jazzy take on traditional music and a healthy dose of new compositions. She has 4 CDs to her credit as well as 4 music books, Mostly Scottish Harp Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 and Classagh, Music for Manx Celtic Harp Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 Rachel is actively involved in running the Edinburgh Harp Festival.

Presenter website: Rachel Hair

Celtic Connections
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Manx to the Max
Level: Int. Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

New Tradition
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9-10:30am   More Info   

Snappy Strathspeys
Level: Int. Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info   

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 second 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

Collections of Edward Bunting
Level: Int-Adv Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 1:30-3pm   More Info   

Harpers' Escape at Somerset (advanced) Sunday add-on
Level: Adv. Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9am-9pm   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

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

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

Nancy Hurrell

We're delighted to have Nancy back at the festival this year. Although Nancy Hurrell is proficient in a wide variety of musical genres from classical and popular, to Celtic and early music, it is her expertise and devotion to the study of historical harps that is a distinguishing feature of her impressive career. Nancy is fully engaged in the historical harp world with major stint as the harp consultant for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where she gives gallery talks and performs on rare historical harps in the collection. A member of the board of the Historical Harp Society, she teaches Renaissance harp at Brandeis University. She's been the guest curator for ‘The Harp’, a major exhibition at MoMM in California. As an expert on Egan Irish harps, Nancy has lectured at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin, which got her an enviable personal invitation to see the historic harps now in storage at the National Museum in Dublin. She has forthcoming book, The Egan Irish Harps. She regularly publishes articles in History Ireland magazine. She performs in several Boston early music ensembles and recently played medieval harp in Hildegard’s 12th century play, Ordo Virtutum. Her CD Baletto, features early dance music, and a new ensemble recording is Turlough O’Carolan-A Life in Song. Nancy has 5 books of arrangements, including her Historical Harp Collections of early music. Take advantage of her expertise while you're here at Somerset.

Presenter website: Nancy Hurrell

Contemporary Cool
Level: Int-Adv Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Medieval Sacred Music. Alleluya!
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 9:30-11am   More Info   

Regency Age Harping to lure Mr. Darcy
Level: Int. Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Renaissance Gems from the 16th Century
Level: Beg-Int Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Striking Harps in Castles and Museums
Level: Any Type: Lecture When: Sun. 9-10:30am   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 and this year is leading our Harpers' Escape at Somserset on Sunday. He was recognized with Somerset's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

Presenter website: William Jackson

Accompanying Other Instruments
Level: Int. Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 3:30-5pm   More Info   

Harpers' Escape at Somerset (intermediate)
Level: Int. Type: Hands-on When: Sun. 9am-9pm   More Info   

Pipe Up!
Level: Int Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 1:30-3pm   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. When she's not working in her studio in New York City, Liza is globetrotting on her harp maintenance missions and has been all over the world.

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

DIY harp maintenance 1: Knot Tying
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Fri. 11:30am-12:15pm   More Info   

DIY harp maintenance 2: Tuning
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 11:30am-12:15pm   More Info   

Harp Regulation & Maintenance
Level: Any Type: Hands-on When: Sat. 3:30-5pm   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. & Sat. 7:30am   More Info   

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