July 18-21, and July 27-28, 2024

 

Connecting the Worldwide Folk Harp Community

NARROW YOUR FOCUS • EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS

world class experienced teachers you can trust

No matter where you are in your harp journey, get inspired by the world class presenters and performers Somerset brings to you year after year.

Focus on a specific genre or technique, expand your area of study, discover and get inspired by music from all around the world.

We provide guidance for all levels of practice so you can find inspiration no matter how long you have been playing the harp.  Always wanted to play the harp and don’t know where to start? We have a beginner track just for you!

Learn more about our presenters and festival below!

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Christy-Lyn and her sister visited Somerset in 2019 from South Africa.

The festival is Hybrid now so you can watch and rewatch workshops and concerts for the length of your subscription.

A Note from the Director

Last year, for my first year as Director, we started a new Somerset tradition where we will showcase an artist from a different country that has a harp tradition. We began our journey in Ireland.

2023’s featured artist was Irish Illustrator Sorrell Reilly. During my podcast interview with Aisling Lyons on HarpSong® we spoke about the lovely artwork on her newest album, “Aistear“, and I knew Sorrell was the perfect inaugural artist.

Sorrell‘s image invokes the beauty of the land, the music, and the harp and how the music and the musician grow out of the land. If you love this image we have some items available on the website and we‘ll have posters and other limited edition items available as well. 

Take a look at her beautiful artwork and last year’s program. I can’t wait to share the special artwork for 2024 with you, so stay tuned!

Maureen Buscareno
Festival Director

our esteemed Presenters

Meet our in-person and online presenters, a veritable who’s who of the harp world.
We are so proud to host these incredible talents for Somerset Folk Harp Festival 2024.

July 18-21 In-Person and Live Zoom Presenters

Debbie Brewin-Wilson

Debbie Brewin-wilson

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Nicolas Carter

Nicolas Carter

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Sarah Deere-Jones

Sarah Deere-Jones

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Dominique Dodge

Dominique Dodge

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Anna Dunwoodie

Anna Dunwoodie

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Edie Elkan

Edie Elkan

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Martha Gallagher

Martha Gallagher

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Eileen Gannon

Eileen Gannon

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Robbin Gordon-Cartier

Robbin Gordon-Cartier

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Grainne Hambly

Grainne Hambly

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Rachel Hair

Rachel Hair

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Deborah Henson-Conant

Deborah Henson-Conant

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Emily Hopkins

emily Hopkins

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William Jackson

William Jackson

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Liza Jensen

Liza Jensen

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Erika Lieberman

Erika Lieberman

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Jen Narkevicius

Jen Narkevicius

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Alfredo Rolando Ortiz

Alfredo Rolando Ortiz

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Christa Patton

Christa Patton

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Sue Richards

Sue Richards

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Kim Robertson

Kim Robertson

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Adriano Sangineto

Adriano Sangineto

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Cindy Shelhart

Cindy Shelhart

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Angel Tolosa

Angel Tolosa

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2nd Weekend July 27-28 Zoom Presenters

Kathy DeAngelo

Kathy DeAngelo

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Shelley Fairplay

Shelley Fairplay

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Hannah Flowers

Hannah Flowers

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Ann Heymann

Ann Heymann

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Amelia Romano

Amelia Romano

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Sunita Staneslow

Sunita Staneslow

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Tomoko Sugawara

Tomoko Sugawara

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Simcha Tzuf

Simcha Tzuf

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Prerecorded Workshops Available July 1

Hannah Flowers

Hannah Flowers

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Maeve Gilchrist

Maeve Gilchrist

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Ann Heymann

Ann Heymann

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Ailie Robertson

Ailie Robertson

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Amelia Romano

Amelia Romano

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Tomoko Sugawara

Tomoko Sugawara

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Simcha Tzuf

Simcha Tzuf

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Location

Hilton Parsippany

Parsippany, NJ

Somerset will be HYBRID in 2024. This means we’ll be on-site at the Hilton in Parsippany, NJ, for those who want to attend in-person, while at the same time be on Zoom with our ‘live’ workshops and events. If you’re attending remotely, all you’ll need to attend the festival is an internet connection. If you can play videos on YouTube, you’ll have no trouble attending the festival.

Registered attendees will log into our member portal to get access to all of the festival workshops and events. A laptop or tablet is the best way to view our content; you can attend from your phone but it’s really not the best way to attend and view workshops. Most of our workshops will be presented “live” on-site in Parsippany AND on Zoom and recorded for later replay via your member sign-in. No matter where you are in the world – the festival is located wherever you are!