Take a dramatic musical journey through the myths, legends and history of the Celtic harp. "Legends of the Celtic Harp" features Patrick Ball, an award-winning Celtic harp player, telling the stories that surround his instrument of choice. His words will be accompanied by the traditional music of the Celtic harp, along with other traditional string instruments.
Ball has recorded nine instrumental albums and four spoken-word albums that together have sold more than a half-million copies worldwide. His concerts and solo theatrical productions — in which Ball celebrates the music and musicians of Ireland — have toured throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, England and Scotland.
"It isn't really accurate to say that Patrick 'tells stories.' What he does is more like bringing stories to life, or bringing you into the world of the story. It is a kind of magic," says Tim Bray, host of "Oak and Thorn" on the Mendocino County, Calif., public radio station, KZYX.
What: Legends of the Celtic Harp
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1
Where: Unitarian Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland
Tickets: $20 in advance, $22 at the door, teens 12 17 $10, children under 12 free
Joining Ball will be Lisa Lynne on Irish bouzouki, Celtic harp and mandolin, and Aryeh Frankfurter on Swedish nyckelharpa, Celtic harp and cittern.
Lynne's original songs composed for Celtic harp have earned her much acclaim, continually reaching the Top 10 and Top 20 of the Billboard New Age music charts. Her music can be heard throughout the PBS special "Alone in the Wilderness." Lynne is founder of "Harps for Hearts," which places live music in several California hospitals, and she also has received multiple grants for her "Hands-on-Harps" program, which teaches hospital patients and their families how to play the harp.
Originally a progressive rock violinist, Frankfurter changed his focus to Celtic and Swedish folk music. Due to his proficiency with many string instruments, Frankfurter is a sought-after studio musician, having collaborated with progressive rock band Azigza, Rai musician MC Rai, the hip-hop albums produced by Million Dollar Dream.
The show begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Tickets cost $20 in advance or $22 at the door. Tickets cost $10 for ages 12 through 17. Kids 11 and younger get in free. Tickets can be purchased at Music Coop, 268 E. Main St., online at www.stclairevents.com or by calling 541-535-3562.