Release & Celebration
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.
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.
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.
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.�