Here’s an exciting development: for the first time, the Portland Highland Games, taking place next Saturday, July 20, 2013, will include harpers. A friend of mine made it happen, and I’m proud of her as well as impressed. I’ll be there with my Trinity College harp to talk with visitors about the clarsach traditions and the 20th/21st century revival of interest in this magnificent instrument. Here is the schedule:
Harp demonstration and workshop: 1pm-2:30pm
Harp circle: 2:30-4pm
In other news, I visited the Bastille Day celebration in downtown Portland today, and enjoyed the set played by my favorite Breton band, Mistral. I hadn’t seen them perform since the excellent Dark Harvest Ballads back at Samhain. They were in fine form.
If you come to the Highland Games, please come by to say hello!
(A special thanks to my friend and mentor in Scotland who nudged me about posting.)