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Three of the premier Celtic harpers in the world take you deep into the myths, magic and fabled history of this most captivating instrument.
Patrick Ball - Celtic harp, Spoken Word,
Lisa Lynne - Celtic harp, Irish Bouzouki, and Mandolin.
Aryeh Frankfurter - Celtic harp, Cittern, Nyckelharpa
Patrick Ball is "an American master of the Irish instrument, a modern day bard." (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE)
"Lisa Lynne's music is quite possibly the most beautiful music you have ever heard" (WINDHAM HILL RECORDS)
"Aryeh Frankfurter is amazing" (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE)
"Legends of the Celtic Harp is a blend of music and oratory, falling somewhere between concert and theater, it spanned nearly the range of human feeling; from humor to tragedy, tenderness to rage, reality to mysticism, and more besides. The effects were powerful and exhilarating."
Patrick Ball is one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world and a captivating spoken word artist. He has recorded nine instrumental and three spoken word albums which have sold well over a half million copies internationally, winning national awards in both the music and spoken word categories. Patricks critically acclaimed concerts and solo theatrical productions have toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland and the UK, and have been awarded grants bythe California Arts Council and the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Association. His passion for the oral tradition of Irish storytelling and his love of the wire-strung Celtic harp have made Patrick Ball one of the most beloved performers in Folk music today www.patrickball.com
Lisa Lynne is a multi-instrumentalist and performer who has gained worldwide recognition for her original music featuring her Celtic Harp. She is widely acclaimed for composing memorable and heartwarming melodies on the Windham Hiill/Sony music labels that have repeatedly placed in the Top 10 & Top 20 on the Billboard New age music charts. . Lisa tours year round performing at large US festivals and performing art centers. Her work in Therapeutic music has gained recognition from NBC, CNN, Fox News Atlanta and numerous newspaper and magazine articles including Wall Street Journal. Lisa's music is heard throughout the award winning PBS special "Alone in the Wilderness," amongst many other soundtracks for commercial television and independent films. www.LisaLynne.com
Aryeh Frankfurter is also a renowned Celtic harper and world traveling multi-instrumentalist who went from virtuosic progressive rock violin to intricate Swedish folk and Celtic Music. He began with Classical violin at the age of three, his early studies and successes led him to explore various ethnic and international musical genres. Aryeh taught himself to play a variety of instruments bowed and plucked and most recently the rarely seen Swedish Nyckelharpa. His uncommon approach to the Celtic harp and folk harp repertoire, his numerous critically and commercially successful albums have earned him credit as a musician, recording and performance artist of extraordinary talents and abilities. www.Lionharp.com
Patrick Ball - Partial Discography
Celtic Harp I: The Music of Turlough O'Carolan
Celtic Harp II: From a Distant Time
Celtic Harp III: Secret Isles
The Ugly Duckling (with Cher)
Celtic Harp IV: O'Carolan's Dream
The Christmas Rose
Music on the Wind
The Wood of Morois
SPOKEN WORD & MUSIC:
Storyteller / Gwilan's Harp and Other Celtic Tales
The Fine Beauty of the Island
Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter
"Weaving Worlds" 2011
Indie-release on "Lavender Sky Music:
"Two Worlds One" self titled first instrumental album.
Released on New Earth Records
Lisa Lynne Partial Discography
Releases on Windham Hill Records:
"Daughters of the Celtic Moon"
"Seasons of the Soul"
"Hopes & Dreams"
"Love & Peace"
Aryeh Frankfurter - Partial Discography
"Harp Songs of the Midnight Sun"
"Aurora of the Northern Harp"
"The Twisting of the Rope"
Legends of the Celtic Harp
Patrick Ball - Celtic Harp / Spoken Word
Lisa Lynne - Celtic harp, Irish Bouzouki and Mandolin
Aryeh Frankfurter - Nyckelharpa, Cittern, Celtic Harp
The first half of the program weaves myths, memoirs and musical vignettes about the Celtic harp
with works by anonymous composers and pieces by Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738), the blind harpist who was known as the "last of the Irish bards." Stories are underscored with music, and several solo and instrumental pieces are included.
Intermission 15 minutes
The second half of the program features Patrick Ball telling Ursula K. LeGuin's story "Gwilan's Harp" with instrumental accompaniment presenting both Traditional music
and original pieces by Lisa Lynne.