HarpSinger

HarpSinger

BandFolkAcoustic

Celtic harp solos and self-accompanied song from Ireland, Scotland, other Celtic countries, Medieval and Renaissance music, new music, most arranged or composed by performer and played with authentic ornamentation.

Biography

First Place Winner of the Professional Division of the Great Lakes Harpers (GLH), an invited performer and presenter to a major conference of The International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen, Inc., (ISFHC), in Galveston, Texas, and a Palmer Grant recipient, Rolliana Scheckler has arrived at the top of the folk harp world with her exquisite instrumental Celtic harp solos and simultaneously self-accompanied harpsongs. She specializes in the ancient Celtic traditions, especially of Ireland, Scotland and Wales, medieval and renaissance music as well as European and American art music, both past and present. She plays a combination of others' work and her own arrangements, improvisations and original compositions, all with authentic ornamentation, in formal solo recitals, "informances" for schools, libraries, service clubs, as well as weddings and various church services. She provides contemplative music for labyrinth walks and for patients at the HospiceCare, Inc., Anderson Center in Madison, WI, and also plays harp as background music for corporate and other receptions, art show openings and all kinds of gala occasions. Her debut CD, "HarpSinger", was released in 1995, and "Dawning of the Day" came out in November, 2003.

Mike Neilsen, reviewing Rolliana's second CD, Dawning of the Day, for the Folk Harp Journal, writes: "She is a master of tone and touch. Her 'Sheebeg and Sheemore' is an example of how a veteran harper can make a tune her own through inventive arrangement...'Song of the Eagle' is as moving as any harp piece I have heard on CD."

A Music-Tech.Net Indie Artist Showcase review of "HarpSinger" reads: "Specializing in the ancient Celtic traditions and with this unique act, this classically trained singer is truly a trail blazer for independents. Rolliana Scheckler is a master with her chosen instrument, the harp, and matches the lovely range and tone of the harp with an astonishing vocal performance, each complimenting the other."

Lyrics

Danny Boy

Written By: Weatherby

O Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen and down the mountain side.
The summer's gone and all the flow'rs are dying;
'Tis you, 'tis you must go and I must bide.
But come ye back when summer's on the meadow
Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow.
'Tis I'll be here in sunshine or in shadow
O Danny Boy, O Danny Boy, I love you so.

Discography

"HarpSinger", CD and cassette, released November, 1995.
"Dawning of the Day", CD, released November, 2003.

These are available for purchase from www.harpsinger.com, www. amazon.com, www.cdbaby.com. Digital audio downloads are available from CDBaby, MusicNet, Apple iTunes Music Store, Rhapsody, Napster, MusicMatch, BuyMusic, Emusic and AudioLunchbox and 15 more internet sites--see CD Baby for listing. Excerpts from "Dawning of the Day" are played on www.GrowthHouse.org.

Set List

Here is the program of Rolliana's hour-long one woman solo show for The Olbrich Botanical Gardens Winter Concert Series, March 14, 2004:

All in a Garden Green/Spagnoletta/Give Me Your Hand

Cold and Raw/Braes o' Yarrow

Slane/The Mermaid/The Red-Haired Girl/Song of the Eagle

Set of Dances:
Canty Auld Man
Gander in the Pratie Hole
Queen of the Rushes
Cliffs of Moher
O'Keefe's Slide
Morrison's Jig
Cornish Miners' Hornpipe

Dawning of the Day

Chanter/Eilidh Bhan/Arran Boat Song

CarolanÕs Music:
Sheebeg and Sheemore
Blind Mary

Danny Boy

Set(s) for Instrumental Background Music at Parties and Galas (usually three or more different 45-minute sets are played) include selections from
Irish, Scots, Welsh, Cornish dances, marches and other luscious pieces, such as
Planxty Fanny Power, Give Me Your Hand, Blind Mary, Patty's Flute, The Dark, Slender Boy, Good Night and Joy Be With You, Dawning of the Day, O'Keefe's Slide, Merch Megan, March of King Lao