Harp Showcase
Patrice Haan, Mitch Landy & Jacqueline Lynaugh
Saturday, June 8, 2013, 12:00pm
Lead Belly Stage - Room #333

Come sit with that most ancient of instruments: the harp. From jaw harps to modern electro-harps, this instrument is found, in one form or another, throughout the world, in more sizes and shapes than almost any other instrument. Patrice Haan plays a Cithara Nova, a levered harp that might be described as Neo-Celtic with gothic influences. Mitch Landy likes to bend notes and flip levers, playing pop tunes on a Thormalen Swan. Jacqueline Lynaugh is a storyteller whose wire-strung clarsach replicates the Queen Mary harp of the old Gaelic order.

Patrice Haan's harp has become a regular feature of the Free Folk Fest. Besides her intuitive and poetic harp compositions, Patrice is best known for her sultry vocal performances with Tony Marcus in the Oakland-based jazz ensemble Leftover Dreams. Increasingly recognized for her songwriting, Patrice is also known for playing therapeutic music. She is the Executive Director of Healing Muses, a non-profit that provides music in local hospitals. She and her harp have been featured at local poetry readings as well as in recording, and instruction in harmony-singing, listening workshops and song-writing. With two solo albums to her credit, Bluest Blue and Headed Home, Patrice is back in the studio recording a new album of original songs. Visit Patrice's sites at www.patricehaan.com, www.leftoverdreams.com, and www.healingmuses.org.

Mitch Landy combines a classical music education with a wildly eclectic musical taste and a peculiarly funny sense of humour. Steeped in Irish music, stories and jokes, he is also a devotee of the classics: jazz, pop and conventional. A master of both lever and pedal harp, Mitch is recognized as a composer and arranger of many styles of harp music. Mitch, the Harp Guy, might be found playing on a cruise ship, in a local tea room or at Children's Hospital Oakland. True to his style, Mitch's 3 CDs are titled All Over the Map, Serenata and Memories of Infinity. Visit Mitch's site at www.harpguy.com.

Jacqueline Lynaugh is a member of SAAC (The Storytelling Association of Alta California) and has performed and sung at parties, schools, and amusement parks on the East and West Coasts as well recently performing for several private engagements in Europe. Her teaching credits include the Fort Mason Center for the Arts Young Performers Theatre, Parks and Recreation in both San Francisco Oakland and Oakland Children's Fairyland. As well as studying the Clarsach with Ann Heymann, Violaine Mayor of Hent Telenn Breizh, and Margie Butler of Golden Bough, Jacqueline currently works as a bedside harper with California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. She has one CD of stories and music entitled Tales From the Ends of the Earth & Beyant. Visit Jacqueline's site at www.musicalfolklore.freeservers.com/#Jacqueline%20Lynaugh.