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

Being a part of Somerset means entering a realm where passion for music and a lifelong learning converge, especially in the vibrant community of harp enthusiasts. Here, the journey of discovery is endless, as we delve deeper into our craft while broadening our perspectives.

I often find myself explaining Somerset to those unfamiliar with the festival, realizing how easy it is to overlook the profound experience we share together. This gathering draws some of the world’s most revered harpists, who not only dazzle with their performances but also generously impart their knowledge-a cornerstone of the festival’s magic.

Imagine attending a Rolling Stones concert and then receiving a lesson from Keith Richards on his iconic riff from “Start Me Up”. Or watching Taylor Swift perform and later chatting with her over coffee. At Somerset, such moments are woven into our collective experience and define our legacy. For 24 years, weve united the harp world with unwavering dedication.

Each of you contributes to our identity. bringing courage, curiosity. talent, and a deep love for the folk harp. From the talented artisans who travel here with their harps, music and artwork, to the Youth Harp Program nurturing the next generation, and our devoted staff-everyone here cheers each other on, fostering musical growth and understanding through community and the folk/lever harp.

This year we pay tribute to someone who exemplifies selfless dedication,support for the next generation, exceptional artistry. and boundless joy in all endeavors. We proudly present Robbin Gordon-Cartier with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Thursday evening’s concert.
Thank you for being a part of the magic.

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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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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Rachel Hair

Rachel Hair

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Grainne Hambly

Grainne Hambly

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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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Nia Pierce with her harp

Nia Pierce

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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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Dennis Waring sitting with various instruments from around the world

Dennis Waring

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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!