Welcome to our calendar! Here you will find events of harp interest throughout the Pacific Northwest. (As submissions come from so many different sources, the Puget Sound Folk Harp Society cannot guarantee the accuracy of every detail; please check with the contact person when listed if you have questions or concerns about the event.) If you would like your harp event to be listed here, please contact info@pugetsoundfolkharpsociety. org for submission guidelines.
Mar 2 Portland OR and Online. Maeve Gilchrist presents The Harpweaver, house concert, Thursday March 2, (7:30 pm Performance / 6:30 pm Potluck) in SE Portland. (Exact directions will be emailed.) Suggested donation $20-25 or "What you can". All income levels welcome. All door donations go to the artists! Contact Abbie Weisenbloom at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can livestream the show by visiting https://froggie.com/livestream/#upcoming. No paywall to view but all donations will go to the artists.
Mar 4 On-line. Verlene Schermer presents a two-hour online workshop from 10 am until noon PT, "Improving the Improv" for harp, piano, or guitar. A bit of structure can help improvisational playing sound like a well-conceived composition rather than just aimless wanderings... In this workshop, we'll talk about form, mood, and melodic motifs, and how to use these tools when improvising on the fly! This is a great opportunity for therapeutic musicians to add to your toolbox, as well as any musician who would like to improve their improvisational skills. You will be able to apply each tool as we progress through the workshop, so have your instrument ready to play! Cost of the workshop: $30 per person. Here’s how to register: https://tinyurl.com/ImprovingTheImprov.
Mar 4 On-line. Verlene Schermer presents a two-hour online workshop from 1 to 3 pm PT, "Intention in Improvisation" open to all musicians, particularly those interested in playing in a healing capacity such as hospice or at bedside, or playing for guided meditation, or guided visualization -- or even for your own personal meditation. Cost of the workshop: $30 per person. Here’s how to register: https://tinyurl.com/IntentionInImprovisation.
Mar 4 Seattle WA. World renowned harper Patrick Ball presents "The Fine Beauty of the Island", a solo theatrical performance of harp and storytelling at Greenlake United Methodist Church on Saturday March 4, at 7:30 pm. Patrick writes of this tale: The last remaining inhabitants of the Blasket Islands in County Kerry, Ireland, “vanished” in 1953, leaving behind them a deeply haunting tune floating on the winds. “The Fine Beauty of the island” is the story of a journey I made some years ago in search of the origin and meaning of this strange, enchanting tune, a journey which led me back not only to a Blasket Island community and culture “the likes of which will not be seen again”, but to a long neglected corner of my own past. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5710002.
Mar 9 Join the Eastside Harp Circle Thursday March 9th at the Mercer Island Library from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm. Come as early as 10:00 am (when the library opens) to set up, tune, and chat. Snack break will be at 12:15, so bring something to share or your own lunch. For more information or the Zoom link contact Anna Jenkins at email@example.com.
Mar 11 On-line. Verlene Schermer presents a two-hour workshop from 10 am to noon, “Singing with the Harp” for those who would like to learn to coordinate singing with playing harp. We’ll use a few well-known tunes as well as a few of the requested songs I performed in my recent “Life Stages: Songs & Stories for those who care for the elderly” concert. If you’d like to hear some of those in advance, the concert is now online at: https://youtu.be/ANXgbhSYe30. Cost of the workshop: $30 per person. Here’s how to register: https://tinyurl.com/SingWithHarp.
Mar 11 Wilsonville OR. Aryeh Frankfurter and Lisa Lynne in concert, Wilsonville Public Library. Contact library for details.
Mar 11 Olalla WA. Magical Strings Performs at Olalla Community Club Saturday March 11 at 7:00 pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the dynamic Celtic duo Magical Strings in Concert, joined by lively Irish dancers from the Tara Academy. Philip and Pam Boulding who have toured worldwide for over 44 years and recorded 22 albums, will perform on their own hand-crafted Celtic harps and hammered dulcimers along with whistles, button accordion, concertina and more. (Potluck at 6 pm.) Tickets $20 at the door. 12970 Olalla Valley Road. 253-857-5650, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mar 11 Bothell WA. Pacific Northwest Wire-strung Harp Circle is meeting in person on Saturday, March 11, from 2-5 PM at Nan Pardew's home in Bothell WA. Nan says "We will be indoors, there will be snacks and tea, and masks are optional. Don’t worry if you haven’t played in awhile... many of us are rusty. The object is to get together with our harps and have fun." If you play wire-strung harp and would like to attend, please contact Nan at email@example.com by March 9.
Mar 14, 15 Tillamook OR. Aryeh Frankfurter and Lisa Lynne in concert at Tillamook Public Library. Contact library for more info.
Mar 18 Burien WA. Gail McEwen will perform Irish and Celtic harp music beginning at 3:30 pm the afternoon of Saturday March 18th at the Highline Heritage Museum in Burien. This concert is part of the museum’s celebration of Irish heritage month during March.
Mar 18 Snohomish WA. Magical Strings performs at Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater Saturday March 18 at 7:30 pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the dynamic Celtic duo Magical Strings in Concert, joined by lively Irish dancers from the Tara Academy.Philip and Pam Boulding who have toured worldwide for over 44 years and recorded 22 albums, will perform on their own hand-crafted Celtic harps and hammered dulcimers along with whistles, button accordion, concertina and more. Tickets are available at www.thumbnailtheater.org, or call 360-568-9412.
Mar 19 Mountlake Terrace WA. The Third Sunday Harp Circle meets in person at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 2 to 4:30 pm. Friendly and relaxed group, all styles and ability levels of harping welcome, solo playing is encouraged but never required. For more information or to be on the reminder list, contact Diane Moss at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mar 19 West Seattle. Magical Strings Performs at Kenyon Hall on Sunday, March 19 at 3:30 pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the dynamic Celtic duo Magical Strings in concert, joined by lively Irish dancers from the Tara Academy. Philip and Pam Boulding who have toured worldwide for over 44 years and recorded 22 albums, will perform on their own hand-crafted Celtic harps and hammered dulcimers along with whistles, button accordion, concertina and more. Tickets are available, contact email@example.com, or call 206-937-3613.
Mar 24 Vancouver WA. Vancouver WA/Portland OR Harp Circle usually meets the fourth Friday of every month at Cascade Park Community Library, 600 NE 136th Ave, Vancouver WA. Group tunes, individual tunes and/or songs, creative expression, and a great time! Welcome to all ability levels, 10 am-12 pm. Contact Donita at firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to confirm date and time.
Mar 25 Tumwater WA. The Olympia area harp circle usually meets the fourth Saturday of every month. Join in from 1 to 3 pm at the Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market Street, Tumwater WA. Group tunes will be provided, other group tunes and/or individual playing is welcomed. To confirm date and time, or to get on the circle's mailing list, contact facilitator Jean Stewart at email@example.com.
Apr 2 On-line. Scottish harper Karen Marshalsay is running her first online day for wire harps on April 2nd - three workshop sessions to learn a Gaelic air, a technique focused session with a variation set, and a new original tune. Plus a concert to round off the day. All events are recorded and available to watch for 6 months, and sheet music pdfs are sent out in advance. I'll also video the tunes taught and send those out to everyone afterwards. The day is run on Zoom and starts 1 pm UK time. For more info see Karen's website at https://www.karenmarshalsay.com/wireharpday.
Apr 23 Renton WA. The Eastside Harp Circle will present a concert of harp ensemble, solo, duet, and quartet music on Sunday April 23 at 2:00 pm at the Renton Highlands Library. The program will include 19th century American folk music, O’Carolan tunes, as well as some contemporary selections.