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New! Harpers Holiday CD

Harpers Hall has been featured in the Season of Hope concert series since 2006. The concert series is sponsored by the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph which this year, presents its 16th annual Season of Hope Performance Series. We have been hearing "Which CD has the music we heard this evening for a few years, and decided to make that music finally available! Harpers Holiday includes 6 Harpers Hall Ensemble pieces and an additional 9 tracks from soloists and small ensembles from Harpers Hall.

Song List:Harpers Holiday

1. Carol of the Bells The Harpers Hall Ensemble 1:55
2. El Noi de la Mare The Harpers Hall Ensemble 3:10
3. The Wexford Carol  Calli Morrow and Mary David 2:08
4. Klang Min Vackra Bjällra (Ring my Beautiful Bell) Scandivas 3:04
5. The Holly and the Ivy The Harpers Hall Ensemble 2:36
6. Love Came Down at Christmas (with O Come, O Come, Emmanuel) Barbary Grant 4:23
7. Jeg Er Så Glad/Et Lite Barn (I Am So Glad/A Little Child) Kevin Holsinger 2:57
8. What Child is This Barbara Ellen Schilling 4:06
9. I Saw Three Ships Verlene Schermer 3:06
10. Star in the East Jerry Bauer 2:30
11. Ding Dong Merrily on High The Harpers Hall Ensemble 2:46
12. Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming The Bridgeville Harp Ensemble 2:21
13. Abbots Bromley Horn Dance Debra Knodel and Jane Valencia 3:24
14. Silent Night The Harpers Hall Ensemble 2:42
15. We Wish You a Merry Christmas The Harpers Hall Ensemble 1:46

The Harpers Hall Ensemble and Singers, and the Bridgeville Harp Ensemble members:

*The Harpers Hall Ensemble:
Verlene Schermer (director), Mary David, Calli Morrow, Sarah Burns, Carol Holsinger, Alexandra Romanoff, Margaret More, Elaine Berger
Jerry Bauer, Karla Burns, Patrick Smiley, Susan Nguyen

**Harpers Hall singers:
Verlene Schermer, Barbary Grant, Barbara Herlihy, Jerry Bauer, Kevin Holsinger

*** The Bridgeville Harp Ensemble
Lynne Reardon (director), Ida Schellhaus, Roger Schellhaus, Betty Heaton, Emilia Brinckhaus

Music Clip: Listen to the harpers play a short excerpt from the CD. For the convenience of our visitors, a free MP3 player can be downloaded here. If you need some help installing or playing MP3 go here.

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Outstanding In Our Field CD

Field CD

Enjoy a variety of moods and styles as the Harpers Hall Ensemble and guest soloists present selections from Ireland, Scotland, Scandinavia, and beyond in this collection of instrumental and vocal arrangements featuring electric, as well as  nylon- and wire-strung harps.

Review: I was reviewing the new CD from Harpers Hall titled Outstanding in Our Field. With 20 tracks, it's a little bit of this, a little bit of that... Solo harp, ensemble, some with vocals, some with other instruments - a very entertaining compilation. Also, the liner notes specify make and model of the harp(s) used on many of the tracks. Always nice to credit the makers -be forewarned if you are shopping for a new harp and think this might be a resource for hearing the different sounds to aid in your decision – good luck special ordering a Bunker, Witcher or Rydecki harp... Although Melody's will be stocking these, all I've got is the sample (and I'm keeping that for my personal collection!). If you gotta have a copy right away, support Harpers Hall directly.--John Gill, Owner, Melody's Traditional Music

Liner Notes: Click here to download the CD's complete liner notes: Liner Notes

Song List

  1. Drummond Castle/Sleep Soond i’da Mornin’ - Harpers Hall Ensemble*  3:02
  2. Drunken Sailor - Amy Krupski  1:44
  3. Scarborough Fair - Elaine’s Wire Choir  3:02
  4. Searching For Lambs/Ny Kirree fo Naighty  - Standing Stones and Deb Knodel  4:08
  5. The Leprechaun -  Barbary Grant  1:54
  6. Star of County Down -  Mary David  2:39
  7. Peat Fire Flame - Hearthfire  1:52
  8. Jupiter - Harpers Hall Ensemble*  2:22
  9. Wie Schön Blüht Uns Der Maien - Kim Hoffman  3:53
  10. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring -  Bronzewood Paedeia  3:52
  11. Leyenda (Asturias) - Woad  5:40
  12. Spin Me Around -  Marci DeFrancesco  3:37
  13. Windowpane - Pamela Bowen  2:57
  14. Aragorn’s Dark Horse -  Triskela Celtic Harp Trio  3:02
  15. The Great Silkie - Harpers Hall Ensemble*  2:51
  16. This Place -  Verlene Schermer  5:15
  17. The Water at Twilight - Barbara Schilling  2:52
  18. Kerekes -  Cathleen O’Connell  3:20
  19. Through the Mist - Midyne Spear  6:01
  20. Swedish Set - Harpers Hall Ensemble*  3:12

(*) Harpers Hall Ensemble Members: Sue Bell, Jerry Bauer, Elaine Berger, Karla Burns, Mary David, Marci DeFrancesco, Lara Garner, Barbara Herlihy, Kim Hoffman, Carol Holsinger, Deb Knodel, Calli Morrow, Patrick Palmer, Alice Partanen, Sarah Purkrabek, Alexandra Romanoff, Patrick Smiley, Catherine Stiles, and Laura Sylvan.

Music Clip: Listen to the harpers play a short excerpt from the CD. For the convenience of our visitors, a free MP3 player can be downloaded here. If you need some help installing or playing MP3 go here.

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Celtic Harp Magic CD

The Celtic Harp Magic CD was picked up by ARC, and is being distributed all over Europe and the US under a different title and a new cover design. You New CD cover titled "Celtic Harp Magic"can still order copies from us, but note that this is the same exact CD, same songs, same performances only the cover has changed! The book is still available as well, and will still have the original title and cover. The book contains arrangements for all the tunes on the CD! Book


Review:
Album Title: Harpers Hall Collection Volume 1 Price: $10 Description: "Volume One of this collection is a must for anyone curious about the range of the harp, an acoustic instrument with an electric glow. Its 20 songs include powerful solo, duet and ensemble performances of Celtic and Classical standards as well as surprising interpretations of African, Latin and Blues." --Brad Kava, Pop Music Writer, San Jose Mercury News

Music Clip: Listen to the harpers play a short excerpt from the CD. For the convenience of our visitors, a free MP3 player can be downloaded here. If you need some help installing or playing MP3 go here.

Liner Notes: Why is it that angels are always pictured carrying a harp? "Because the magical stringed instrument produces a pure, beautiful tone says harpist Verlene Schermer, "one that is soothing, uplifting, heavenly. Simply playing the harp against your shoulder creates vibrations that are like a massage, relaxing and therapeutic." So what happens when you hear 18 harpists on one song, or 30 on one disc offering their interpretations of traditional classics and original compositions? The effect is positively ethereal on this debut album by Harpers Hall & culinary society, Volume One of this collection (sold to raise money for harp workshops, concerts and retreats) is a must for anyone curious about the range of the harp, an acoustic instrument with an electric glow, one that has sometimes been mistakenly overlooked and miscast by some as musical wallpaper. Its 20 songs include powerful solo, duet and ensemble performances of Celtic and Classical standards as well as surprising interpretations of African, Latin and Blues. This diverse, rich collection answers another question that fans who have seen Harpers Hall and culinary society perform at games and festivals always ask: Where can we get this on a recording? Now, you can take it home and sample for yourself a piece of heaven on earth.

Produced by Dave Meniketti, Verlene Schermer & Nigel Green; Mastered by Ken Lee at Ken Lee Mastering, Piedmont, CA; Cover Artwork & Graphic Design by Debra Knodel; Project Coordinator: Jill Meniketti

Song List
  1. Chanters Tune/La Rotta (Traditional Irish/Italian Renaissance) Harpers Hall Ensemble*
  2. Willafjord (Traditional Shetland) Knodel & Valencia
  3. The Lorry Ride (Traditional) Aedan McDonnell & Nigel Green
  4. Rogha an Chailin Rua (Traditional Irish) Deborah Bennett
  5. Kacheche Kuimba (Kris & Lark Bowerman)
  6. Prelude, Third Violin Partita (J.S. Bach) Cathleen O'Connell
  7. Christ Child's Lullaby (Traditional Scottish) Harpers Hall Ensemble*
  8. Twyngryllyg Hearthfire (Lynne Reardon & Michael Koster)
  9. Pretty Saro (Traditional English) Maggie Pinckard
  10. Family Visitation Blues Midyne Spear
  11. Carolan's Welcome/Coleraine Jig (Traditional Irish) Amy Krupski
  12. I Am Sarah Burns
  13. Brian Boru's March (Traditional Irish) Harpers Hall Ensemble*
  14. Dennis Murphy's Lambs (Traditional Irish & Welsh) Telltale Harps (Kristina Steffenson & Kyle Wohlmut)
  15. Drume Negrito (Traditional Cuban) Claudia Slayman
  16. Further On Verlene Schermer
  17. The Gift Leslie Currie
  18. The Bonny Light Horseman (Traditional Irish) The Standing Stones (Vicki Parrish & Michael Robinson)
  19. Tune from Norra Rada (Traditional Swedish) Shelley Phillips & Barry Phillips
  20. Atholl Highlanders (Traditional Scottish) Harpers Hall Ensemble*

(*) Harpers Hall Ensemble (nylon- & wire- strung harps): Janet Anderson, Sue Bell, Elaine Berger, Deborah Bennett, Pamela Bowen, Karla Burns, Sarah Burns, Rita Clark, Mary-Lela Gilbert, Elizabeth Golden, Nigel Green (string bass), Kevin Holsinger, Michael Koster, Corinne Koster (flute, piccolo), Aedan MacDonnell (concertina), Jill Meniketti, Cyndee Newick, Maggie Pinckard, Lynne Reardon, Dana Salutric, Linda Dorsey, Verlene Schermer (harp, fiddle, percussion), Midyne Spear, Kristina Steffenson, Jane Valencia.


Harpers Hall Music Book


Music from our CD including all 20 tunes.


Harpers Hall Ensemble Book, Volume 1(new cover!)

by members of Harpers Hall

HH Ensemble Book

We have renamed our first book to include "Volume 1" now that we have a second book.
The 8 pieces in this book are arranged for a multi-level group to play as an ensemble. Harp 1 is the easy harp part, and can be played on a 26 string harp with only the F and C sharping levers. Harp 2 is the intermediate part and Harp 3 is more advanced. All of these arrangements were test-driven by the Harpers Hall Ensemble. Harpers Hall is a chapter of the International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen that performs regularly in and around the San Francisco Bay Area at Scottish Games, Celtic Fairs, and festivals. Twice a year, we organize a "Gifts from the Harp" concert whose proceeds go the local charity organizations. Proceeds from this book will go toward funding these concerts. (45 pages)

Song List
Arranged by Deborah Bennett: Hejaz, Sumer is icumen in
Arranged by Kevin Holsinger: Carolan's Welcome, The Water Kelpie
Arranged by John Metras: Simple Gifts
Arranged by Michael Robinson: The Ragtime Angel
Arranged by Verlene Schermer: Alman, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Harpers Hall Ensemble Book Rehearsal CD

Three versions of each song are recorded, allowing you to play along with the full arrangement or to hear only one part at a time.This CD was made from music notation files using computer sounds rather than with live instruments. The three parts were recorded with different instrument sounds, and panned left, center, and right.


New! Harpers Hall Ensemble Book, Volume 2

Harpers Hall Ensemble Book Volume 2

The 8 pieces in this book are arranged for a multi-level group to play as an ensemble. Harp 1 is the easy harp part, and can be played on a 26 string harp with only the F and C sharping levers. Harp 2 is the intermediate part and Harp 3 is more advanced. All of these arrangements have been played by members of the Harpers Hall Ensemble. Harpers Hall is a chapter of the International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen that performs regularly in and around the San Francisco Bay Area at Scottish Games, Celtic Fairs, and festivals. (51 pages)

Song List
Arranged by Lynne Reardon: The Butterfly
Arranged by Harpers Hall: J'ai Vu le Loup, le Renard et la Belette/Harris Dance
Arranged by Barbary Grant: Lullaby for a Changling
Arranged by Mary David and Verlene Schermer: Drummond Castle/Sleep Soond i' da Mornin'
Arranged by Elaine Berger and Verlene Schermer: Scarborough Fair
Arranged by Verlene Schermer:The Great Silkie, Jupiter, Swedish Set (Fransosen and Polska after Pelle Peterson


 

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All items are available from Harpers Hall. Download the form below and mail it with a personal check or money order to: Harpers Hall, PO Box 1844, Campbell, CA 95009.

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