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CD Release & Celebration

Irish harper Barbary Grant will perform a program of traditional Celtic music on Saturday, August 28 at 8:00 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church in Cupertino.

Grant is best known for her elegant renderings of traditional Gaelic song. Originally trained as a classical pianist, Barbary was drawn to traditional Celtic music by its power to evoke deep feeling. Now her rich Irish harp and crystal-clear voice breathe new life into the old songs of the Gael.

Off-stage Barbary works as a hospital musician at Stanford University and El Camino Hospitals. With wheels strapped to the base of her harp, she is able move through the hospitals playing soothing instrumentals for patients and staff everywhere from the newborn nurseries to Intensive Care Units.

�When I took up the Irish harp nine years ago, I thought merely to accompany my voice,� said Grant. �I had no idea that the harp would open up this whole new world for me. Of all my musical pursuits, playing in the hospitals is the most rewarding. Music, especially gentle harp music, feeds the spirit. For people who are ill and under a lot of stress, live harp music is often just what the doctor ordered.�

Grant�s new CD, Soft Mild Morning, is a collection of lyrical harp instrumentals, specifically chosen to calm and soothe listeners. Tracks feature lovely arrangements of traditional Celtic melodies, flute, fiddle, and cello solos, and several pieces by contemporary composers.

No admission will be charged for the �Soft Mild Morning� Release Concert. Bethel Lutheran Church is located at 10181 Finch Avenue, across the street from Cupertino High School near Steven�s Creek and Wolfe Road. (Click here for map.)