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You Know You’re a Professional Harpist When…

August 5, 2021
  1. Your house is overtaken by music. Sheet music. Music playing. Humming music.  So much music.
  2. You randomly find harp strings in various bags. Your purse, a tote bag you haven’t used since that one gig last year.
  3. A tuning key permanently lives in your car because of that time you were driving to a gig and remembered you forgot your tuning key and panicked! Thankfully, your former harp teacher lived on the way to the gig and you were able to knock on her door and beg a loaner tuning key from her (Thanks for saving the day, Cathy!). 
  4. You constantly feel guilty about all the music you have yet to learn…
  5. …or feel guilty about the pieces you used to play but can’t anymore. 
  6. It feels weird to get into your car and not bring your harp along. Really weird. Lonely really. 
  7. Your harps are of more value than your car…and all your possessions combined.
  8. You worry about getting rear ended not because of the damage it would cause to your car but the destruction it would cause to your harp in the back. 
  9. When people ask you what your doing this weekend you say “I’m going on a date with my harp” because it makes you sound like you have more of a social life than “I’ve got gigs.” 
  10.  Your social media feeds are full of pictures of you with your harp(s). Forget about your boyfriend.
  11. Harps are the best type of home decoration.
  12. You cry inside when people ask you “So what exactly do you do all day?” (that’s a subject for another post!)
  13. Some days tuning your harp is therapeutic and some days tuning is a torture exercise straight from hades. 
  14. Want to sit on a chair? Sorry, I got rid of all but one to make room for my harps. 
  15.  Your fingers are constantly sore, and you have callouses to rival any trade person. 

How else do you know you’re a professional harpist? Tell me below in the comments! 

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MA Musings #1 or I Can’t Believe I’ve Moved to Ireland

September 25, 2020
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I figured that I am long overdue in updating this blog of mine for my family, friends, and followers. I know for all of us, it has been a long and weary past six months with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic with no break on the horizon. I hope this email finds you in good health but I’ll say no more or I’ll risk sounding like the prelude of a Jane Austen letter!

I figured it would be good to inform everyone, if you don’t already know from social media, that I have moved to Ireland. That’s right, I’VE MOVED TO IRELAND. *Cue trumpet fanfare.* It’s hard to believe I finally get to type those words after years of dreaming. The dream has become reality and I am beyond excited despite the unusual outer circumstances of the pandemic. 

The entrance to the St. Patrick’s College cemetery.

I am honored to have been awarded a Fulbright award to pursue a Master’s degree in Irish Traditional Music this academic year. I won’t bore you with the details since I don’t even know them yet, but I’m settled in Maynooth and on board for wherever this wild ride of a year takes me. I feel utterly honored and blessed to be here and pursuing this crazy dream of mine. Many things are uncertain, as you can imagine, but I’m ready to be creative and make the best out of whatever comes. 

The beautiful St. Patrick’s College in Maynooth.

Thank you, dear readers, for coming along on this adventure with me. I’ll be writing regularly with photos and stories as I go along. I hope these little updates bring a little unexpected joy and beauty into your life. 

Hannah 

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Song and Harp Kickstarter

November 20, 2017

I am delighted to announce the launch of my Kickstarter campaign “Ceol agus Cláirseach” or “Song and Harp;” A solo album of Traditional Irish songs in the Irish language with harp accompaniment.

For more information about my project and to learn how you can support my new album visit the page below. I am so excited about this project and the music I have been making!

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Round Ireland With a Harp

May 16, 2017

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Suitcase (check!) Harp (check!) Camera (check!) I’m almost ready…

T-minus seventeen days until I hop on a plane and head back to Ireland for the summer. Where has time gone?

For those of you who don’t know, I learned a few months ago that I was awarded a Gaeltacht Summer Awards grant through the Ireland-United States Commission for Educational Exchange (Yes, it’s a mouthful) to study the Irish language at Oideas Gael in Glencolmcille, Co. Donegal. Along with the time I will be spending in Donegal, I am also playing harp for a choir tour of Northern Ireland during the first two weeks of June, going to a summer school for traditional music, and visiting some friends down in Waterford. Suffice to say it’s going to be a busy summer!

When I was in Northern Ireland last summer I started a blog to write about my adventures: https://harptunesandtales.wordpress.com. However, that blog is now officially moved here to my website and I will be posting updates and ramblings as frequently as I can during the summer. Please check back frequently for new posts and updates!