Anita Farley, Patrice Haan, Verlene Schermer
Three harpers showcase their fabulous instrument,
has performed at renaissance fairs and historical events since the
1980s. Anita specializes in Celtic and traditional ballads
with accompaniment on the Irish lap harp. In 1993, she released
Kind Friends and Companions, an album of traditional ballads with additional
tracks by John Taylor (Emerald), Richard Ferry (Golden Bough),
Healy, Robert Hill, and Caolifhionne.
Patrice Haan performs original
songs of immediacy and power and tunes from the Celtic tradition.
Patrice has always wanted to play harp
and finally took it up six years ago. Patrice may be more familiar
performances with Sylvia Herold (Flaming Dames) or Tony Marcus
(Leftover Dreams). Patrice is the current president of the Bay Area
Verlene Schermer is a South San Francisco Bay
Area based singer, songwriter, and harpist with an eclectic style that
leans toward blues and jazz.
She performs as a solo artist and with her combo of bass and drums. She
accompanies her dynamic and versatile singing voice on Celtic harp and
cross-strung chromatic harp. Her original songs cover a wide range of
topics from themes of dreaming, vision, and creative process, to poignant
observations about modern living. These can be heard on her four solo
recordings, Comfortable Blues, Dreamtime, Rendezvous with the Moon, and
Persephone's Art. Verlene's recordings and performances are often described
as "transformative" and "empowering." She tours the
U.S. and Europe performing in concerts and teaching harp and voice clinics.