Martha Gallagher
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Martha Gallagher

Keene, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 1979 | SELF

Keene, New York, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 1979
Solo Folk Acoustic


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"What Venues Are Saying..."

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

“If you have the opportunity to present Martha Gallagher in concert - DO IT!"
K. Adamson, concert presenter, SW Florida

Martha Gallagher's dedication to so many aspects of her art all come together: her harp playing, her singing, her lyrics, her love of stories, her stagecraft and show pacing, and even her savvy promotional talents!
Sarah Craig, Director, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY

“Martha brings the house down every time she's here!  We love her!  Our audiences love her!”
K. Andreson,   Lake Placid Center for the Arts   Lake Placid, NY

"Always an enthusiastic, daring artist, Martha has an aura of mastery that can only be earned through decades of live performance." Sarah Craig, Director, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY

“Martha is an energetic and charismatic performer! We were fortunate to have her as a presenter (at our university).”
J. Haefner DM, Harpist, Harp, Theory, Director of Undergraduate Studies, UNT College of Music - Presenters

"What The Media is Saying..."

“Martha Gallagher is Janis Joplin-Joan Baez-Jean Redpath all rolled into one! She's a treasure; her music lifts up the spirit and reminds us why we're here."
T. Moe, North Country Public Radio

“Martha plays the harp with a joie de vivre; with a sense of joy and energy rarely seen with this instrument!"
W. Fischer, WAMC Northeast Public Radio
- Public radio, press

"Wild Harp & Winged Heart"

?Wild Harp & Winged Heart
By Jane A. Marlowe 

On Monday evening, March 12, a talented musician presented a unique and inspiring evening of original music on a beautiful Celtic harp. Martha Gallagher charmed her audience with inspired melodies and lyrics offering glimpses into her childhood and family life. Her grandmother’s advice, very apropos in these financially straitened times, is blended with the wisdom of Deepak Chopra and the Latin rhythm of Santana. “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without!”
Martha has performed throughout the United States and Canada for 35 years. She has performed as a classical flautist in a symphony orchestra, played with the Chieftans and has appeared on television and radio. She has vacationed on Marco Island for many years and was pleased to be invited to perform at San Marco Church.
A charming song, Part of My Heart, was written for her daughter, Meaghan, who was present at Monday’s concert along with Martha’s father and other family members. The concert was a benefit on behalf of The San Marco Catholic Youth Group planned by Kim Adamson, San Marco Director of Religious Education.
The Water is Wide is a musical commentary on the flooding caused by Hurricane Irene in the Adirondack Mountains in New York State, where Martha makes her home. Martha’s home was heavily damaged by the floods as was her little town. She composed the music to benefit flood relief in the area. All work on creating the CD was donated by the company which has produced Martha’s many other works. To date more than $14,000 has been raised through the sale of this soothing, quiet musical collection.
Moon Shining Brightly and The Wonders of this World concluded the evening. Martha’s range took her through traditional folk music to blues, foot tapping jazz and a lively country music tribute to amazing, smashing, fab, new boots!
Kim shared her thoughts after the concert. “Martha performed a fantastic concert and I plan to invite her again to perform in concert. ”
Remember the name, Martha Gallagher. She has a distinctive talent and when she returns it will be to a standing room only audience.
- Coastal Breezes News, Naples, FL 2012


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:

Rose In Winter: An upbeat, uplifting original song, performed at a benefit concert for a wonderful concert venue: http://http//

Good Housekeeping:  Celebrating the important things in life:

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, CDBaby and Folk Alley



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

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