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  Clairseach: The Celtic Harp

Clairsach is the Scots gaelic term for the lever, or small harp. These harps differ from traditional "concert" harps, in that the pitch of the strings is changed with levers at the top instead of foot pedals at the base. For more information on the Scottish harp, visit the Scottish Harp Society of America.

Scottish Harp has been part of the ride since 1996. I play a Triplett Celtic II 34 string maple lever harp, and a 22 string Faulkner cherry lap harp.

I was awarded second place in my division at the 1998 National Scottish Harp Competition in Alexandria Virginia, and also at the 1999 Oberlin Ohio Scottish games. I took first place in my division at the 2002 National Competition at Granfather Mountain, North Carolina.

I perform for many special events and occasions, including weddings, gallery openings, and memorials. I've also appeared as a minstrel harper with Arden Shakespeare Gild in "Comedy of Errors".

I perform regularly with the Brandywine Harps "Orchestra," a local (DE, MD, PA) group of 16 Celtic harpers. We have two CDs, Christmas Crossings, and Celtic Journeys which are both available for sale at brandywineharps.com. We perform regularly, and have been invited to play with at the 2009 Edinburgh Harp Festival in Scotland.

While I can play the traditional bridal march and many favorite hymns, if you're looking for something different, you've come to the right place. From contemporary compositions to traditional Scottish, Irish and Welsh pieces, I can help select appropriate music that will set your event apart from the rest.

Summer wedding dates fill up fast! To book your event now--contact me at mare@whitehorsestudio.com

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