Patrice Haan, Celtic harper, singer/songwriter and jazz singer.
arriving in the San Francisco Bay-area in 1998 she has
- served as the president of the local Celtic-harp association (the
Folk Harp Society),
performed with such diverse artists as Sylvia Herold, Park
the Black Brothers as well as Tony Marcus in Leftover Dreams, a
and elegant jazz standards duet (see links), in coffeehouses and
two Canadian provinces and 4 states in settings as varied as the
main stage at
the Strawberry Music Festival, a cruise to Alaska, and First Night
- played for weddings, funerals and, recently, joined the non-profit
organization, Healing Muses which provides music for healing in
- taught harmony vocal classes at B.C. Swing Camp,
- hosted the Wakefield Songwriters.. Circle (a child
- recorded a newly-released album of original music, and two
albums of jazz
standards with Leftover Dreams, and
- garnered rave reviews for her droll humour and stage presence
as emcee the
MCMF Festival of Harps, the Hoolie at The Woods, and the ISFHC
main stage at
All in all a busy seven years.
Harps have been played through human musical history
for almost as long as
drums. A true harper can evoke tears, sleep or bloodlust.
Farley and songwriter/traditionalist Patrice Haan show some of the
styles the Celtic harp is used to make music. While the only blood
spilt will be
in ballad form, it's not unheard of for attendees to drift into altered
realities or become emotionally moved.
Anita Farley first performed at the San Francisco Free Folk Festival in 1994. Although her first folk instrument was the guitar, Anita took up the neo-celtic harp in 1991. In addition to her performances here, Anita has:
- Performed regularly at Renaissance Festivals in Blackpoint & Stafford Lake (Novato), Casa de Fruta, and San Luis Obispo . as well as The Great Dickens Christmas Fair, and Christmas at Patterson House (Ardenwood Historic Farm).
- Performed at various Celtic Festivals with the DeLacey Irish Dancers.
- Taught workshops in historic folk music, storytelling, and historic costume at various schools (K-12) through The Living History Centre and Presenters of the Past.
- Released an album (Kind Friends and Companions) of traditional English and Celtic ballads with harp accompaniment.