The Öresund HarpHelg festival will celebrate its 10th edition on the 28th and 29th September, in Kristianstad (Skåne, Sweden). Every year, the festival moves in the Öresund region, between Denmark and Skåne, the southern part of Sweden. Created in 2004 on the initiative of Helen Davies, Lia Lonnert and Susan Enochsson, this musical week-end is the opportunity for all the Scandinavian harp players to gather. The international harp player Susan Enochsson presents this interregional, intergenerational, intermusical festival:
The 7th edition of the Hofheim-am-Taunus Inter Celtic Folkfestival (Interkeltisches Folkfestival) in Germany will be running next week from the 2nd to the 25th of August. For my fourth participation1 in this festival, I will perform solo during the Breton night, on Saturday the 24th of August on the very atmospheric stage of the old water castle (Altes Wasserschloss). As every year, the eclectic program keeps its faithful approach in programming Celtic music, particularly from Scotland, Ireland and Brittany.
Almost thirty years that the Dinan Rencontres Internationales de Harpe Celtique has been organised (read the post and see Myrdhin's interview on the subject). Forty-five musicians from all over the world came to the recent festival and performed one after the other all along the four big evenings. The public was invited to a wide range of colours, of forms and sound ambiances ever created. A distinct musical world exists behind each harp, behind each musician, like the instrument diversity presented on stage. The Celtic harp is rich with those differences.
Within the framework of the exhibition "Babel" presented at the Bibliothèque de Rennes Métropole and the exhibition "Migrations" in the Musée de Bretagne (see the article dedicated to this subject), Lise Enochsson and I were programmed for the closing concert of the season at the Champs Libres of Rennes. In this extract filmed by Johann Guillon we play, in order, a march followed by a set of Gavotte Pourlet, a traditional Scottish air translated into Swedish Calum Sgaire and a traditional Breton air N’em es ket nameit ur blank.
This video is an extract from my concert on the 9th of May 2013, at the Leerdam Cultuurcentrum Go (Netherlands). The first tune is Jag tänker så titt; a norwegien scottish which I originally arranged for my band based in Scotland. The second tune is a composition: Hosing the Flowers with a Honky-tonk piano influence at the end. These two tunes have recently been recorded and will be part of a new music book to be published soon. To stay informed of their release, sign up to the mailing list here. Thanks to Liesbeth Meijer for this great live video and to Leo Heijdra for editing it: (more…)
Ten years ago, for its 20th anniversary, the Rencontres Internationales de Harpe Celtique ("International Celtic Harp Meeting") of Dinan in Brittany already impressed by inviting about twenty - all male - harp players. To celebrate its 30th edition, it's not thirty but more than forty musicians who are invited to the next Meeting. This year, the festival complies with an almost exemplary mixing of the genders as well as with an international, intergenerational, "intermusical" mix of artists in order to bring more people together. From the 10th to the 14th of July, the rendezvous of Celtic harp players will be in Dinan. (more…)
The mill blades of the Netherlands turn again with a fresh wind. Regarding harp, the country has been the birthplace of many audacious projects: more than thirty years ago, the World Harp Congress was founded as an outgrowth of the Harpweken (Harp Week) on the initiative of the Dutch harpist Phia Berghout; created in 2007 by the Dutch harp players Sabine Meijers and Brenda Dor-Groot, the International Jazz Harp Foundation is based in the Netherlands. More recently, the Nederlandse Harpvereniging (Dutch Harp Association) and the Nederlandse Folk Harp Vereniging (Dutch Folk Harp Association) have launched a common event: Open Harp Dag. Centered on an international pedal harp competition held every two years, the Dutch Harp Festival also promotes other music played on different harps; workshops are scheduled all over the country with local teachers as well as musicians coming from abroad. (more…)
Nothing seems to reconcile Glasgow, the economic capital of Scotland, with Edinburgh, political capital of the country. The two main cities of the Scottish belt stare at, tease and respect each other like porcelain dogs that nothing can bring together. Even the M8 – the motorway between the two cities – increases the differences between them: a logical bypass in Edinburgh, an amputation and stretch of the highway straight into the heart of Glasgow. The tone is set: since the first one prides itself for having an old city classified as World heritage for humanity, the official line for Glasgow will be "the most modern city in Europe" thanks to another – but this one infamous – Robert Bruce1 and his city restructuring plan.
Two weeks before one of the main harp events of the year, there’s still time to book your holidays to Scotland. For more than thirty years (see the article Song of the Oak and the Ivy), the Edinburgh International Harp Festival invites musicians from all over the world with Edmar Castaneda and Park Stickney, among the stars of the present edition.