Local SE Texas Harp Stuff Springing Up

Local Harp Stuff Springing Up – SE Texas Area
Gulf Coast Harpers Activities
PDF download of simplified Drowsie Maggie
St. Pat’s Open Mic info
Angi Bemiss Zoom Event Info
Flyer and information on Gulf Coast Cruinniú (pronounced cree-new).
Houston Summer Harp Festival June 11-16 (Virtual July 25-27)
March 17 – Open Mic at Cupcake Quilts 1p-4p
Play or listen – it’s like a coffee house! In a quilt store. No steps, automatic doors. 1469 Spring Cypress Rd in Spring, TX 77373 | 281-528-2929. 
1pm – 4pm (1pm arrive, play at 1:30) There is a map to Cupcake on the GCH website on this page:
Second Harp Circle for 2022 March 26
Harp Circle at Emerson Unitarian
There is a map to Emerson Unitarian at the following link on our website: https://www.gulfcoastharpers.com/harp-circles/
May 1 Zoom Presentation with Angi Bemiss  Topic – creating your own lovely and easy arrangements. Have your harp, you will be given time to experiment. Handouts provided. Free to members of the Gulf Coast Harpers.
May 21 (Saturday) Play in the Park Bellaire Town Square Park 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 
Members of Gulf Coast Harpers please meet at 1pm to set up. We will play in the Gazebo (with breaks and water). This is a public service/public awareness event to promote the harp. Sometimes known as a random act of harping.
Wondering what music to prepare? Jeff Armstrong has arranged an easy version of Drowsy Maggie. Download it HERE
And below is a link to the music chosen by our membership at the recent read-through in February. Play RH, LH, HT (hands together), or play just on beat one of every measure. Every note counts!!
Mark your June Calendar and don’t miss the Cree-New. Download the flyer HERE. It’s a big deal for Houston, with world class teachers.
Gulf Coast Criunniú – Pronounced Cree-New
June 10-12, 2022 in Houston
The Gulf Coast Cruinniú is a weekend gathering for those interested in Irish music. Cruinniú is the Irish word for “gathering”. It is a time to get together with fellow musicians to learn, have fun and play music. The class package will consist of 5 hours of progressive class time in a chosen instrument with a top level performer, an instructor concert and music sessions (group playing of tunes). All classes and the concert will we held on the campus of the University of St. Thomas and the sessions will be down the street at the Penny Whistle Pub. Concert tickets can be purchased separately.
Therese Honey will teach the harp classes. Therese is a specialist in Celtic and Early harps, with a background in classical pedal harp. She performs traditional music solo and as a member of Wyndnwyre, with an emphasis on the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland and Wales and 13th-century Medieval music. She has also performed with the Chieftains.
The harp class is for harpers who are comfortable playing at a reasonable tempo and play with correct basic technique. This class will explore how to play Irish tunes. It will look at the phrasing and techniques that make a tune sound Irish. Pieces will be chosen from a selection of Irish traditional dance tunes, airs and harpers’ tunes from the 17th and 18th centuries, tailored to suit intermediate to advanced players. Elements of Irish style and ideas for accompanying other instruments will also be discussed. We will use listening as a way to get a feel for the Irish sound. Written music will be provided. We would like to encourage all harpers and harpists to join us for a fun filled weekend. Irish music has become very popular and it can become a delightful addition to your repertoire.
Go to www.GulfCoastIrish.org for additional information and to register.
Houston Summer Harp Festival Information – click HERE and pictured below
Tentative Date: October 1 (changed from original of March 10) – History of the Harp Zoom Presentation by Greta Closius (GCH treasurer) Details TBA

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Here at Melody’s we offer a wide array of music books and accessories.  In the music book category, you may have a choice between PDFs (or MP3s) and paper books. If there is a choice, you are required to click either the paper version or PDF version before you can put an item into your cart. There should be no shipping charge for download music.  If there are physical products in your cart at the same time, your total will reflect shipping for those physical items.

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Depending on your computer settings, when you click on your download link, 1 –  it may open automatically, 2 – it may go into your “downloads” folder, or 3 – your computer may prompt you to “save as”. 

If you have a problem with your downloads, please contact us at MelodyTradMusic@gmail.com  for assistance. Because our website contains so many titles, on occasion we have overlooked uploading a PDF here or there.  When you notify us of this, we make the correction immediately.  Please note that downloads are not “returnable.”


Depending on your computer settings, when you click on your download link, 1 –  it may open automatically, 2 – it may go into your “downloads” folder, or 3 – your computer may prompt you to “save as”.  If you can’t find your PDF, look in your “downloads” folder first.  The title of the PDF may not match the title of the book, so you may want to change the title to what you will remember. After you have located your download, please either remember that it is in your “downloads” folder, or better yet, move it to another folder on your computer with a name that you will remember.

Your respect of the copyright laws will help support the musicians and arrangers who created this music, and will encourage more harp music to be produced in the future. Please do not make multiple copies to pass on to others. You can help keep downloadable harp music viable and available by encouraging your students, friends, and relatives to purchase their own copies. Thank you for your assistance in this endeavor.


On our website, folkharp.com, we offer a wide selection of paper and download music. We were always in a quandary about publications having several parts, or that include sound files. After realizing that we can place multiple files into one folder and “zip” it up, we are now able to offer book + cd options.

What we do: sound files and the PDF book are placed into a folder and zipped. The zipped folder is inserted into the product on the back end of the web site.

What you receive: after you purchase, you receive a zipped folder. This is a folder that literally has a picture of a zipper on it, indicating there is more than one document in the folder.

What you do with it: Generally by double clicking on the folder, it automatically opens up. The challenge lies in whether or not you have a program that unzips these folders. If you do, it is as simple as double clicking and the contents are revealed. Alternately, you can right click on the folder, which brings up choices, one of which is “open with” – you then click on your unzip program.

If you don’t have a program to unzip your files you’ll have a challenge! Recently I bought a small laptop for my zoom lessons. This laptop did not come with winzip, or any other kind of program that unzips these folders. The computer kept wanting me to purchase winzip for $29.  I found another program that does a great job, and it is free. 7-zip unzips all my compressed (zipped) folders! It is open source and you can find out more here:https://www.7-zip.org/

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