The Harp Gathering, in Archbold, Ohio, is providing me with the opportunity to share my musical instruments and have the joy of hearing how well my WrenSong Native American-style flutes sound when played with the harp.
The first night I improvised with two harp players, Suzie and Cathy. We played “Amazing Grace” and “Greensleeves.”
I’ve really enjoyed hearing the different styles of playing the harp.
- In a harp circle sharing session, a duo played an adaption of “King and Lionheart” that they’ll be playing as the processional for a wedding this summer.
- Diana Rowan, who earned her doctorate in harp composition in Bulgaria, performed in last night’s concert, playing her compositions that combine techniques and songs from harp playing around the world.
- Denise Grupp-Verbon, on harp, and Michael Grupp-Verbon, on acoustic guitar, surprised the audience at the concert by starting out with a Celtic song and then transitioning into Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.”
My kanteles have attracted quite a bit of interest. For harp players, whose harps often need to be transported on carts and have from 22 to more than 40 strings, my 5-string kanteles offer string music playing with simplicity and portability.