Sarah North - Celtic Harpist

This Oxfordshire Celtic harpist and singer is available for weddings, concerts and functions and is passionate about the folk music of the British Isles. She also teaches and workshops harp and traditional music, and is involved with the folk and harp communities in the South East of England
She plays the clarsach, the harp that has graced the courts of Ireland, Scotland and Wales for centuries. Part of a living tradition, this harp has a distinct musical heritage that has been handed down for generations.

The repertoire ranges from lively dance tunes to soulful airs, from well-loved songs to courtly dances. Underpinning this wide variety of music is the tradition of learning and playing music by ear. Other strands of music are weaving their way onto the clarsach, including classical, pop and jazz pieces.
She has been playing for special events and weddings since 2004. She is based in Oxfordshire and regularly plays in the surrounding counties and London.
She enjoys playing in a variety of different settings, whether for a evening banquet for two hundred guests or a romantic meal for two; a bubbly party or a formal church wedding. As well as creating a welcoming atmosphere, live music can also provide a structure for longer events, helping you move your guests from one setting to another.

The smaller size and portability of the the clarsach is a great advantage, allowing the clarsach to be played from balconies, in gardens, in courtyards, in caves...
Having completed classical training on the violin and voice, she was introduced to the harp while studying music and mathematics at University of Birmingham. While completing her degree, she sang as a Lay Clerk at St Chad's Cathedral as well as playing with the university ensemble Stella Maris, specialising in French and English medieval music. This has led to professional engagements including concerts at Aust Church and Southwark Cathedral.
However a visit to the Edinburgh Harp Festival convinced her of the beauty of traditional repertoire and her musical direction broadened. She has since devoted much of her time to absorbing, arranging and teaching traditional harp music, playing for spoken word as well as a wide range of musicians.
She plays for weddings, functions, events and concerts in prestigious venues such as Claridges, the Landmark Marylebone and Pendley Manor. She is also at home in more intimate and historical venues such as Missenden Abbey and Hatfield House, as well as marquees and gardens across the country

 
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Sarah North - Celtic Harpist Repertoire

Traditional Irish Repertoire:
 
Turlough O'Carolan & Music written in the 1700s
  • Brian Boru's March
  • Carolan's Air
  • Carolan's Concerto
  • Carolan's Draught
  • Carolan's Quarrell with the Landlady
  • Carolan's Receipt (Dr John Stafford)
  • Celtic Wedding March
  • Colonel John Irwin
  • Eleanor Plunkett
  • Fanny Power
  • Lord Inchiquinn
  • Give me your hand
  • Lament for Owen Roe O'Neill
  • Miss Hamilton (by Cornelius Lyons)
  • Molly McAlpine (by Connellan)
  • Ode to Whiskey
  • Sheebeg Sheemore
  • Farewell to Music
  • Song of the Chanter
  • The Coolin
 Dance Tunes
  • Over the moor to Maggie
  • Sean Read's Reel
  • Port Chuil Aodha
  • The Gander in the Pratie Hole
  • Monaghan Jig
  • Ships are Sailing
  • The Pigeon on the Gate
  • The Butterfly
  • Drowsy Maggie
  • Deidre's Fancy
  • The Irish Washer Woman
  • The Rights of Man
  • Brian Boru's March
  • The Silver Spear
Slow Airs
  • An Buachaillin Ban - The Fair Haired Boy
  • Cuan Bhéil Inse (Amhrán na Leabhar)
  • Sargeant Earley’s Reel
  • The Banks of the Suir
  • Siubhán Ní Dhuibhir

Songs

  • Ashokan Farewell
  • Cliffs of Doneen
  • Fear a’bhata
  • Fields of Athenry
  • Foggy Dew
  • Maid on the Shore
  • Minstrel Boy
  • My Lagan Love
  • The Bard of Armagh
  • Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore
  • Raglan Road
  • Rose of Tralee
  • She moves through the fair
  • Star of the County Down
  • The Mountains of Mourne
  • The Derry Air (Danny boy)
  • Women of Ireland

Traditional Scottish Repertoire:

Dance Tunes

  • Atholl Highlanders
  • Cockle Gatherers
  • Come under my Plaidie
  • Devil Amongst the Tailors
  • Drops of Brandy
  • Haste to the Wedding
  • I suld go to bed when I die
  • Kerfunken Jig
  • Mairi’s Wedding
  • Morrison's
  • Johnny's Gone to France
  • Stuart’s Rant
  • The Butterfly
  • The Hut on Staffin Island
  • The Salvation
  • Who will dandle Mary on their knee?
  • Willafjord

Songs

  • Ae Fond Kiss
  • Amazing Grace
  • Eriskay Love Lilt
  • Fairy’s Lament
  • Fine Flowers in the Valley
  • Flowers of Scotland
  • Great Selkie
  • Loch Lomond
  • My Love is like a Red Red Rose
  • Scotland the Brave
  • Skye Boat Song
  • Will ye go, lassie go
  • The Birken Tree
  • The Four Mary’s

Slow Airs

  • Gesto Lament
  • Isle of Mull
  • Isle of Aigas
  • Colin’s Cattle
  • The Fair Swan
  • Sleeping Tune

Pop and Jazz

  • I’m in the mood for love
  • My Heart will go on
  • Kiss Me – Six Pence none the Richer
  • Now & Forever – Richard Marx
  • Moon River
  • Fields of Gold
  • Crazy

Traditional English, Welsh and Breton Repertoire

Dance Tunes

  • Parsons Farewell
  • Pools Hole
  • Lily Burlero
  • Sportmans Hornpipe
  • Petronella
  • Enrico
  • Chester Stage
  • Speed the Plough
  • Old Molly Oxford
  • Tom of Oxford
  • Seven Stars
  • Hunting the Hare
  • Winster Gallop
  • King of the Fairies
  • Horses Bransle
  • Morrisco
  • Estampie à 2
  • Andro No. 2
  • Kevin
  • The Lily
  • Pwt yr y bys (Buttered Peas)
  • Grey Boy
  • Moll of the Wood

Songs & Slow Airs

  • Searching for lambs
  • All things are quite silent
  • Bushes and Briars
  • Colour of Amber
  • Edi beo thu
  • Sally Gardens
  • Huna Blenty Lullaby
  • Cader Idris (Sweet Jenny Jones)
  • Llwyn Onn (The Ash Grove)
  • All through the Night
  • North Country Lass
  • Greensleeves
  • Doue Lan a vadeleh
  • Bird on a briar
  • Foweles
  • Gwerz
  • Stella Splendens
  • Lovely Joan
  • Early One Morning

Classical

  • Bridal March from Lohengrin – Wagner
  • Pachelbel’s Canon – Johann Pachelbel
  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel
  • Trumpet Voluntary – Jeremiah Clarke
  • Clair de Lune – Debussy
  • Prelude No1 in C – J.S. Bach

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