Thomas "Doc" Grauzer
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Thomas "Doc" Grauzer

Austin, Texas, United States | SELF

Austin, Texas, United States | SELF
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"Catherine L. Tully"

A recent reviewer, Catherine L. Tully, had this to say about my recent release, "Infernal Harp Racket!"


"The harp music on this CD is peaceful enough to soothe even the most savage of beasts. This is truly a relaxing compilation of songs, and expertly played. While bad harp music can make you think along the lines of bad Christmas music, good harp music can lift your mood and settle your troubles down. Grauzer does just that with his gentle, musical touch.
Historically, the harp has been associated most often with the aristocracy, but its otherworldly sound has given it a wide appeal over the years. Unlike the bagpipes, which can be an acquired taste for some, the harp has many admirers. Grauzer's CD is the perfect music to set the stage for unwinding from a difficult day or for a romantic candlelit dinner for two. The dreamy playing will transport you.
Good musicians can make playing an instrument seem and sound easy, and that is the case with this CD. With the music of the harp solo, with nothing else to distract one's ear, you wouldn't miss it if the musicianship was off. Luckily, this is not ever a concern on this effort, and Grauzer plays effortlessly throughout the songs, a testament to his skill. If you like the harp, don't miss this CD. - Celtic MP3s Music Magazine


Discography

Albums:

But You Don't Look Irish--2001
Infernal Harp Racket--2005

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Bio

I am a harper and storyteller of the Irish tradition. I am fascinated with the traditional harp music of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. So I play whatever I feel like playing, generally without the assistance of the demon set list! I like to throw in a bit of historical background, folklore or some weird story between the tunes, because I think it's important to know the story of the music as well as the music itself.

From the moment I first touched an Irish harp in a South Austin pawn shop 21 years ago, I knew that this is what I am here to do.
In this 21st century, I think of myself as a link in a chain of musical and cultural tradition that goes back a thousand years or more.
To that end, I am also available to teach, for those interested in learning for themselves the beauty of Irish harp music.

Previous performance venues include:

With Cantiga and the New World Renaissance Band, Scarborough Faire, 2010
Mother’s CafÊ and Garden, Austin, TX; 1997-Present)
Things Celtic, Austin, TX--numerous (2002-Present)
San Antonio Highland Games (2004, 2006-2008, 2011, 2012)
University of Kansas at Lawrence, Audiobook release of Dr. Stanley Lombardo's Iliad and Odyssey (2006)
Irish Culture Day, Irish Cultural Society of San Antonio (2005, 2007-present)
Council of the Magickal Arts Festivals, Dripping Springs and Flatonia, TX (1994-2002, 2005)
Austin Celtic Festival, Austin, TX (1998-2004, 2006-2012)
Dr. Stanley Lombardo, Hogg Auditorium, University of Texas at Austin, annual Greek Epic Poetry readings (2000-2001, 2003-2012)
The Dog and Duck Pub, St. Patrick's Day Celebration (1995-2003)
Bass Concert Hall, University of Texas at Austin, with The Chieftains, 2001 (finale)
Dragon Dance Festival, Elk Creek, MO (2001)
Dublin Irish Festival, Dublin, OH (1998)
Scarborough Faire, Waxahachie, TX (1997, 2010)
Jubilee College Olde English Faire, Peoria, IL (1997)
Great Lakes Medieval Faire, Rock Creek, OH (1997)
Michigan Renaissance Festival, Holly, MI (1997)
Texas Renaissance Festival, Plantersville, TX (1997)
Cavalier Dayes, Austin, TX (1997)
North Texas Irish Festival, Dallas, TX (1995)
Canterbury Faire, Austin, TX (1994-1996)

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