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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.

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Nancy Thym and Thilo Viehrig, here from Germany

Lyre Technique Workshop and House Concert!

Saturday, July 16th, 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

at the home of Deborah Bennett in San Jose

(email info@verlene.com to sign up and get directions)

The workshop, taught by luthier Thilo Viehrig, will be from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, then a break for snacks, and the house concert of ballads and stories using the lyre and brass strung harp will be from 4:00 - 5:30 pm. Here's a printable pdf flyer.

Cost: $30 for workshop only, $10 for concert only or $35 for both concert and workshop

Lyre Technique Workshop with Thilo Viehrig

Thilo lyre
Medieval depictions of lyre players (usually King David) show one hand of the player touching the strings in the “playing window” from behind while the other hand strums or plucks the strings from the front of the instrument. In this way, some strings are stopped or damped, so that they do not sound, while the open strings sound when the other hand strums across all the strings. Changing the fingers to damp other strings causes different notes to sound together. Melodies can also be played in this manner, but the player must think in reverse to a harp: the strings which should NOT sound must be touched. Alternating damping and plucking in the left hand and strumming and plucking in the right hand offers a myriad of varied and complex musical possibilities. Thilo has brought along 5 of the lyres he has built so we can try the techniques first hand. And these will also be for sale at the end of the workshop!

Nancy Thym & Thilo Viehrig Concert

Before there were newspapers, radio, films and television, people were entertained by traveling singers and musicians who brought news and stories in the form of ballads from their travels. Some of these are as magical and romantic as fairy tales. Others are as full of treachery and deceit as the tabloids or as humorous as the comics. The ballads from Scotland, England, Ireland, North America and Germany are populated by handsome highwaymen and thieving weavers, a treacherous grandmother, a woman who gets sent back from hell because she is too much for the devil to handle or a harpist who is enamoured of the Queen of Faerie. 
The group Cantefable hails from Germany. Nancy Thym is orginally from Auburn and is known to local audiences as a gifted storyteller, harpist and singer. She will be accompanied by Thilo Viehrig, a German instrument builder and musician.  They will be playing historical harps and bowed instruments with names like clarsach (Scottish harp), bray harp, vielle (medieval fiddle), rebec and gusli (lyre from Novgorod, Russia) as well as Celtic harp and fiddle.  In their inimitable manner, Nancy and Thilo will transport the listeners to other realms and times and the audience will find itself caught up in the stories and unable to resist singing along on the refrains.
Nancy and Thilo instruments

 


  

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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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