Martha Gallagher

Martha Gallagher

 Keene, New York, USA
SoloFolkAcoustic

With the many facets of daily life as her muse, Martha Gallagher creates a vibrant,
living tapestry of songs and stories of life, along with in-the-moment inspirations. With two “voices”,
her own and that of her unique Orphan Harp, she infuses her one-woman
show with artistry, a compassionate world vision, spontaneous sense of humor and
a delight in the wonders of this world. From the mundane to the miraculous, Martha finds inspiration
everywhere and shares it with joy with her audiences.

Biography

One Woman Show

Singer ~ Harper ~ Songwriter ~ Storyteller ~ Poet ~ Actress ~ Humorist

Martha's power of performance, diversity of music, and obvious joy in what she shares with the audience is tangible; wonderful!  Sarah Craig, Director, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY

Martha Gallagher is an enigma that defies pigeon-holes.  Her "beyond concert" one-woman shows weave together songs and stories of life, sprinkled with in-the-moment inspirations.  Her original songs glide in the blink of an eye from wailing blues to Latin grooves to Classical inspirations, from swingin' Jazz to vibrant contemporary Folk.  Her voice is chameleon-like, ranging from smokin' hot to achingly tender, and all that's in between.  Add to that the unusual twist that her instrument of choice is not the expected guitar, but the HARP, bold and beautiful.  And not just any harp; Marthas  one-of-a kind Orphan Harp, named Hope, must be seen and heard!

Martha Gallagher has been sharing her distinctive and richly varied performances with audiences for over 30 years.  She has a diverse musical background; from classical flautist in a symphony orchestra to lead singer in rock and jazz/blues bands.  Martha has performed with such luminaries as six-time Grammy winners The Chieftains.  The 2007 premiere of her innovative original work featuring Celtic harp, vocals and taiko drums marked a worlds first of this performance configuration.  Marthas extensive solo tours have taken her around the US and Canada, with several tours sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts. She has been featured on numerous television and radio programs; appearances include BBC Television, Northeast Public Radio, North Country Public Radio and Good Morning Arizona.  She has been a guest performer many times over the years on folk greats Jay Ungar and Molly Masons popular radio program, Dancing on the Air.

Martha is a popular featured guest performer and workshop leader at international festivals and conferences.  Offstage she has been a guest artist/clinician at The Berklee College of MusicThe Boston Conservatory and has done many educational residencies for students of all ages.  Her theatre training includes working with Avner the Eccentric, mime-dance artist Karen Montanaro, The Celebration Barn and Shakespeare & Co.  Her articles and music been published in a variety of trade magazines and she is the CD reviewer for the International Folk Harp Journal.

Martha has collaborated with a variety of ensembles, arranging and performing many of her original works with symphonies, vocal ensembles, hand bell ensembles and other groups.  She has produced and recorded six CDS of primarily original music on her indie label Singing Strings.

Martha is Janis Joplin, Joan Baez and Jean Redpath all rolled into one!  Shes a treasure; her music lifts us up and reminds us why we are here!  Todd Moe   North Country Public Radio


Discography

Sampling of Martha's videos on YouTube:

The Harpoholic Blues: Blues Brothers-inspired, semi-improvisational, harp like you've never heard it before and an infectious interaction with her audiences that makes Martha an audience favorite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dpz0yMsBPv8

Rose In Winter: An upbeat, uplifting original song, performed at a benefit concert for a wonderful concert venue: http://http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO-k5B87p3Y

Good Housekeeping:  Celebrating the important things in life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oV59n2QSYIU


Six CDs of primarily original music in a variety of music styles, produced by and recorded on her indie label Singing Strings:

Ebb & Flow - All original music reflecting a dazzling diverse array of musical styles and subjects; blues, grooves, songs & tunes inspired by the gems that make up our daily lives.

Songs from the Stones - Unique original music inspired by headstone inscriptions, using them as a celebration of love of family, friends, home and, of course, life.

'Tween Heaven and Earth - Folk, Jazz, blues, Celtic, originals, from Gershwin to O Carolan.  With percussion, flute, fiddle, viola, hammered dulcimer.

Adirondacks - Nature explored and celebrated in original song, from Martha's wilderness home in the Adirondack Mountains and spiraling outward through Nature and the cosmos.

The Water is Wide - eclectic mix of gentle music to sooth the soul. This CD was produced as a flood relief benefit project to raise funds to assist communities in Martha's home region after unprecedented flooding due to tropical storm Irene in 2011, raising in excess of $15,000. in 3 months.

For the Love of a Baby - Beautiful music of the Christmas season, original, well-known and little known carols and songs, unique as well as classic interpretations.

Appearing as Guest Artist on:

Under the Lemon Tree (2006) - flamenco guitarist Marie Zemantauski

Uduboy (2010) - percussionist Brian Melick

Music samples available on www.adkharper.com, CDBaby and Folk Alley