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Harpers Hall makes its home in the San Francisco South Bay Area and Central California Coast. Our purpose is to promote an appreciation of the folk harp, to cultivate its living musical tradition, and to preserve the fun and magic of the harp for members and for the general public. To that end, we hold numerous events throughout the year, from harp jams to house concerts, festival performances to yearly weekend retreats. Journey through Harpers Hall to discover an enchanting world of harpers and learn their songs and their stories. Here you will meet many of the revelers, see the various lands they travel to, and find out how to join.

Check this page often for the latest announcements about workshops and concerts.

Harpers Hall at Pleasanton Scottish Games!

Saturday and Sunday, August 30th and 31st 2014, all day!

Alameda County Fairgrounds

located at 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, CA

Come by the Celtic Heritage area to hear concerts featuring the Harpers Hall ensemble as well as solos: Visit our booth to ask questions, sit at the harp, and experience plucking the strings!

Our CDs will be available as well as other harp CDs from individual members of Harpers Hall. CDs make great gifts!

Our newest CD "Harpers Holiday" is now available to order -- click here!

Harpers Hall Presents Erik Ask-Upmark

2 workshops and a concert!

Saturday, October 4th, 1 - 9 pm

At Deborah Bennett's home in San Jose, CA

RSVP info@verlene.com

1 workshop alone $30

2nd workshop plus concert $35 (please bring a potluck dish to share)

2 workshops $50

Both workshops and concert $55 (please bring a potluck dish to share)

Concert $10 (Potluck participation optional but encouraged!)


Workshop 1 from 1 - 3 -- Swedish Dance Tunes

Broaden your knowledge of Scandinavian repertoire and learn what makes Swedish folk music tick! The workshop's emphasis will be on dance music, mainly polska and slängpolska with a hands-on approach to the inner workings of rhythm, melody and harmony. If time allows, we'll learn a song or two as well!

Workshop 2 from 3:30 - 5:30 -- Medieval Tunes with Erik Ask-Upmark

In this workshop, we will take a look at music from the 13th to 15th centuries and how to adapt it to the harp. Historical harps are welcome but certainly not necessary – the tunes will work equally well on all types of harps! Sources include the Cantigas de Santa Maria, Llibre Vermell, and music of the troubadours.

Please note: For both workshops, the teaching will be by ear with written music given out at the end of the class. Recording devices are welcome!

Potluck Dinner from 5:30 - 7

Concert from 7 - 8 with jam session to follow!

Erik Ask-Upmark is one of very few harpists focusing on Scandinavian music on the Celtic harp. A sought-after teacher and performer, he has appeared at all the major European harp events as well as festivals in North and South America. Erik has earned the official title of "Riksspelman," Master Musician of the Realm, and plays traditional music on the Celtic harp as well as early music on medieval harps and Baroque double harp. With his groups Svanevit, Dråm and Falsobordone he has recorded numerous CDs and regularly tours all over the world.

 "Erik is simply the world's best harp teacher!" - Andy Lowings, organizer of the Stamford Harp Festival, England

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Harpers Hall has it's very own announcement Yahoo Group called Harpers Hall News. It is used to distribute announcements to the public about our activities. Here you will find news about the latest ensemble performances and about concerts and workshops sponsored by Harpers Hall. Join this Yahoo Group to be automatically notified about our events:

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Point of Contact Need a harper(s) for your wedding, holiday celebration, or special occasions? Drop us a line with your requirements and we'll pass the information to our revelers for reply. For additional information concerning Harpers Hall gatherings, events, CD's, etc., contact Kevin or Carol Holsinger, (650) 326-3146 (9am - 8pm Pacific Time) or e-mail kevin@holsingermusic.com


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