Somerset Harp Festival Online

Celtic Focus Area

Workshops on Video, "Live 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! Our Sunday Add-on, Festival of Early Irish Harp, sponsored by the Historical Harp Society of Ireland has all its workshops marked HHSI, for further clarification.

On this list we've marked how the workshop is presented: whether it's Live on Zoom during festival weekend or whether it's a Video (from 2021) on in our Archive (2020). We'll have about 50 "Live" workshops and events during festival weekend so don't worry if you miss one or there are 2 workshops on at the same time that you want to go to. We're recording them and will post them on the workshop pages on Somerset Online, soon after the festival. 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  
Video Accompaniment for Irish Sessions Laoise Kelly Int.
Archive Ancient Harp of Scotland William Jackson Int.
Video Arranging Basics for Traditional Melodies Mairi Chaimbeul Int.
Zoom 07/23/21 3-4:30pm Arranging Tips & Tricks, Next Level William Jackson Int.
Zoom 07/22/21 10-11:30am Beautiful Breton melodies Tristan LeGovic Beg-Int
Zoom 07/24/21 10-11:30am Beyond Carolan: Ireland’s Other Harper/Composers Grainne Hambly Int.
Video Beyond Jigs and Reels Grainne Hambly Int.
Video Breton Music Introduction Tristan LeGovic Beg-Int
Video Breton Music's New Influences Tristan LeGovic Int-Adv
Video Can we recreate the music of the old Irish harpers? Siobhan Armstrong Any
Archive Carolan: His Life and Music Grainne Hambly Int.
Zoom 07/25/21 10:30-11:45am Carolan’s rhythm: music of an earlier time Andrew Lawrence-King HHSI
Zoom 07/24/21 3-4:30pm Celtic Circle Play-Along Christina Tourin Any
Archive Celtic Connections Rachel Hair Any
Video Celtic Music for Therapeutic Applications Christina Tourin Any
Video Celtic Service Debbie Brewin-Wilson Any
Archive Composing in a Traditional Style William Jackson Int.
Archive Contemporary Carolan Kim Robertson Int.
Zoom 07/23/21 10-11:30am Crossing to Ireland William Jackson Int.
Zoom 07/24/21 3-4:30pm Early Irish harp intro & demo Karen Loomis Any
Video Echoes from Antiquity Ann Heymann Any
Zoom 07/25/21 10:30-11:45am Eibhlín a Rún: learn to sing an 18th-century Irish harp song Eibhlís Ní Ríordáin HHSI
Zoom 07/23/21 1-2:30pm Feminist Harpists & Domestic Rebellion in 19th Century Ireland Nancy Hurrell Any
Video Fiddle on Harp Rachel Hair Int.
Zoom 07/25/21 10:30-11:45am Fixing the left hand fingers– Learning the first tune, Mailí Bhán Sylvia Crawford HHSI
Archive French Flavor in Québécois Music Ailie Robertson Int.
Video Gaelic Harps & Artistic Research Ann Heymann Any
Zoom 07/23/21 3-4:30pm Gaelic Song & Harp Together Ann Heymann Any
Zoom 07/25/21 10am-5pm Harpers' Escape at Somerset (intermediate): Sunday Add-on William Jackson Int.
Zoom 07/25/21 10am-5pm Harpers' Escape at Somerset (advanced level): Sunday Add-on Grainne Hambly Adv.
Zoom 07/25/21 10am-5pm Harpers' Escape at Somerset (beginner group): Sunday Add-on Debbie Brewin-Wilson Beg.
Video Historical Accompaniment: What did the lower hand play? Siobhan Armstrong Any
Archive Irish dance music: Intro to Ornamentation & Arranging Grainne Hambly Int-Adv
Zoom 07/24/21 1-2:30pm Irish Dance Tunes for Beginners Laoise Kelly Beg.
Video Irish Slow Airs Laoise Kelly Int.
Zoom 07/23/21 10-11:30am Jazzy Accompaniment for Traditional Music Tristan LeGovic Int-Adv
Zoom 07/22/21 3-4:30pm Mann Up Your Repertoire Rachel Hair Int.
Archive Manx Music 101 Rachel Hair Beg.
Video Manx Music Starter Kit Rachel Hair Beg.
Archive Manx to the Max Rachel Hair Int.
Video Old Irish and Scottish harp traditions: general introduction Simon Chadwick HHSI
Zoom 07/25/21 12:15-1:15pm Old Irish harp repertory--how do we find it? Simon Chadwick Any HHSI
Video Putting the Lilt in Scottish and Irish dance tunes Mairi Chaimbeul Int.
Video Queen of Music: Early Irish Harp Karen Loomis Any HHSI
Zoom 07/22/21 1-2:30pm Reel Time in Ireland Laoise Kelly Int.
Archive Rhythm and Groove Workout Mairi Chaimbeul Int
Zoom 07/23/21 1-2:30pm Scottish Gaelic Song Airs Mairi Chaimbeul Any
Archive Shetland to Scandinavia Connections Ailie Robertson Int.
Zoom 07/24/21 1-2:30pm Song Groove Patterns Mairi Chaimbeul Int.
Video Touching History: the harpers’ marks on the early Irish harps Karen Loomis Any HHSI
Zoom 07/25/21 9am-10am Tradition Bearer Session Jimmy O'Brien Moran HHSI
Video Understanding old Irish harp fingering Sylvia Crawford Any HHSI
Zoom 07/24/21 1-2:30pm Wire-strung Harp Essentials Ann Heymann Any
Zoom 07/23/21 10-11:30am Wistful Waltzes Rachel Hair Beg-Int
Zoom 07/25/21 10:30-11:45am Would the real Danny Boy please stand up? Siobhan Armstrong Any HHSI


Updated 3/4/21
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