Somerset Harp Festival Online

Celtic Focus Area

Workshops on Video, "Live" On-Site & on Zoom, Archive Video

Mairi ChaimbeulOne of our most popular Focus Areas is Celtic, so we list anything here that has to do with: Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, Brittany, Wales. You'll find a cross-over with workshops that also cover Historical Harps, of course!

On this list we've marked how the workshop is presented: if you see a date, it's 'live'on Zoom and additionally if the date is 7/21-7/24, it will also be in-person on-site in Parsippany. Archive videos are an add-on purchase and we have select videos from 2020 and 2021. We'll have about 80 "Live" workshops and events during the 2 festival weekends. Don't worry if you miss one or there are 2 workshops on at the same time because we're recording them and will post them on the workshop pages on Somerset Online, as soon as possible. All of the "live" workshops will be held on Zoom. All times are noted in Eastern Time. Adjust for your time zone. If the workshop is marked as "Archive" you have to have bought access to this content. You can add Archive access anytime before or even after the festival.

Day/Time (ET zone) Workshop Presenter Level  
Archive Accompaniment for Irish Sessions Laoise Kelly Int.
07/30/22 3-4:30pm Alan Stivell’s Breton Music Tristan LeGovic Int.
Archive Ancient Harp of Scotland William Jackson Int.
Archive Beyond Carolan: Ireland’s Other Harper/Composers Grainne Hambly Int.
Archive Beyond Jigs and Reels Grainne Hambly Int.
07/22/22 3-4:30pm Blind Harpers: who was Rory Dall? William Jackson Int.
07/31/22 1-2:30pm Breton Legends & Myths Tristan LeGovic Any
Archive Breton Music Introduction Tristan LeGovic Beg-Int
07/22/22 1-2:30pm Carolan Challenge Grainne Hambly Int-Adv
Archive Carolan: His Life and Music Grainne Hambly Int.
Archive Celtic Connections Rachel Hair Any
07/24/22 9am Celtic Service Debbie Brewin-Wilson Any
07/22/22 10-11:30am Compose Now: Getting Started William Jackson Int.
Archive Composing in a Traditional Style William Jackson Int.
07/23/22 1-2:30pm Composing Using Ancient Prayers & Blessings William Jackson Int.
Archive Contemporary Carolan Kim Robertson Int.
Archive Crossing to Ireland William Jackson Int.
07/23/22 10-11:30am Discover the Neal Collection Grainne Hambly Int.
Archive Echoes from Antiquity Ann Heymann Any
Archive French Flavor in Québécois Music Ailie Robertson Int.
Archive Fun & Easy Irish Tunes Grainne Hambly Any
07/30/22 3-4:30pm Gaelic Mouth Music Mairi Chaimbeul Any
07/21/22 1-4:30pm Harpers' Escape at Somerset (intermediate): Add-on William Jackson Int.
07/21/22 1-4:30pm Harpers' Escape at Somerset (advanced level): Add-on Grainne Hambly Adv.
07/21/22 1-4:30pm Harpers' Escape at Somerset (beginner group): Add-on Debbie Brewin-Wilson Beg.
09/17/22 1-5:30pm Harpers' Escape Somerset Saturday (intermediate) William Jackson Int.
09/17/22 1-5:30pm Harpers' Escape Somerset Saturday (advanced level): Add-on Grainne Hambly Adv.
09/17/22 1-5:30pm Harpers' Escape Somerset Saturday (beginner group): Add-on Debbie Brewin-Wilson Beg.
07/30/22 1-2:30pm Harps and High Tech: unlocking the secrets of Ireland and Scotland's harps Karen Loomis Any
Archive Irish dance music: Intro to Ornamentation & Arranging Grainne Hambly Int-Adv
Archive Irish Slow Airs Laoise Kelly Int.
07/22/22 3-4:30pm Irish Tunes Built for Speed Grainne Hambly Int.
07/23/22 3-4:30pm Irish Waltzes Grainne Hambly Int.
Archive Jazzy Accompaniment for Traditional Music Tristan LeGovic Int-Adv
07/31/22 3-4:30pm Learn a Gaelic Song Air Mairi Chaimbeul Int.
Archive Manx Music 101 Rachel Hair Beg.
Archive Manx Music Starter Kit Rachel Hair Beg.
Archive Manx to the Max Rachel Hair Int.
7/24/2022 10-11:30am Mellow Melodies Rachel Hair Int.
Video Anytime Melodic variation in traditional tunes Mairi Chaimbeul Int.
07/23/22 1-2:30pm Origins of the Modern Celtic Harp: Finding Your Harp’s Roots Nancy Hurrell Any
Archive Putting the Lilt in Scottish and Irish dance tunes Mairi Chaimbeul Int.
Archive Rhythm and Groove Workout Mairi Chaimbeul Int
07/23/22 1-2:30pm Scotland's Simon Fraser Collection: Beauties of the North Rachel Hair Int-Adv
Archive Shetland to Scandinavia Connections Ailie Robertson Int.
Archive Song Groove Patterns Mairi Chaimbeul Int.
07/22/22 1-2:30pm Strathspeys Starter Kit Rachel Hair Beg.
07/31/22 1-2:30pm Therapeutic Celtic Circle of Modes Laurence Furr Any
Archive Touching History: the harpers’ marks on the early Irish harps Karen Loomis Any
07/23/22 3-4:30pm Tunes Built for Speed Rachel Hair Int-Adv
Archive Wistful Waltzes Rachel Hair Beg-Int


Updated 3/16/22
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