Harp Showcase
Patrice Haan, Kay Niehuis, Jacqueline Lynaugh

Show and tell! Harps are found, in one form or another, throughout the world, in more sizes and shapes than almost any other instrument. We’ll look at and listen to several different diatonic (do-re-mi) harps. Jacqueline Lynaugh, aka The Blue Fairy, is a storyteller whose wire-strung clarsach replicates the harp played by the Irish and Scottish harpers of the old Gaelic order. Kay Nienhuis plays a Paraguayan harp, a descendant of harps brought by the conquistadores to the new world. Workshop facilitator, Patrice Haan, plays a levered harp that might be described as Neo-Celtic with gothic influences.

Come hear music old and new played upon the most lovely of instruments!

Patrice Haan has an ear for melody, a heart for feelings and a gift for lyrics. She combines it all into beautiful music, whether singing and playing her own songs or interpreting others' creations. Besides her intuitive and poetic harp compositions, Patrice is best known for her sultry and seductive vocal performances with the Oakland-based jazz ensemble Leftover Dreams. Currently performing with Healing Muses, a non-profit that provides music for healing in local hospitals, Patrice is also the past president of the Bay Area Folk Harp Society. As well as playing Celtic music on the lever harp, she has begun work on a second album of original songs, for harp, voice and other instruments. Her tunes are often described as "beautiful, gorgeous, poetic and evocative, healing our souls and our heartache with the palpable love and the poetry of the music.”

Visit Patrice’s sites at www.patricehaan.com, www.leftoverdreams.com and www.healingmuses.org