Christmas Carol Sing-Along with Harps Concerts
Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, we have canceled our December 2020 Sing-Along Concerts. But we're already scheduled for December 4th and 5th, 2021. Check back here later for updates!
Come sing your favorite Christmas carols accompanied by two amazing harpists: Sylvia Woods and Madeleine Brandli. In addition to caroling, these festive concerts will also feature beautiful harp solos and fun surprises! This year we are featuring carols from the 1940s and 1950s.
Don't know the words? No problem! Bob Smith will lead the singing, and your printed concert program will include the lyrics for the carols.
Sylvia Woods is a world-renowned Celtic harpist who lives
Madeleine Brandli plays the large concert pedal harp and now lives in Honolulu.
The singing will be led by Princeville musician Bob Smith.
Celebrate the Holiday season in full voice! Singing Advent Carols and Christmas music brings great delight and joy. We hope you will join us for a fun night of holiday music! Come sing along with harps!
Tickets $15 at the door
Meet our three performers:
Sylvia Woods is a renowned harpist, teacher, composer, and arranger who has gained an international reputation as one of the foremost folk harp players in the world. In 1980 she won the prestigious All-Ireland Harp Championship in Ireland, and in 1999 The Harp Column magazine named her one of 45 "Most Influential Harp Forces of the 20th Century." Sylvia performed on the sound-track of Dead Poets Society, and was featured three times on A Prairie Home Companion. She owned the world's largest harp store near Los Angeles for over 20 years. She has written, arranged, and published over 50 books and pieces of sheet music which are used by harp players internationally. Sylvia has owned property on Kauai since 1990, and moved here full-time in 2013. Sylvia's three CDs will be for sale at the concert: Three Harps for Christmas Volumes 1 and 2, and her original composition The Harp of Brandiswhiere: A Suite for Celtic Harp. You can read more about Sylvia at www.harpcenter.com/sylvia
Madeleine Brandli has inspired audiences with her lyrical voice and uplifting poetic songs for many years. She won two national singing competitions as a young folk singer, the beginning of a lifelong journey in music. Honoring her Celtic ancestry and her decades-long connection to the people and culture of Hawai'i, she wove the spirit of these two ancient traditions together in a CD of her original songs, In Shades of Green. Madeleine has been a part-time resident of Kaua'i since 1982, and now lives in Honolulu. As a singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist, she has won top awards in the Kaua'i Mokihana Composers Contests since 2001, accompanying herself on piano, guitar and harp. Madeleine's In Shades of Green CD will be sold at the concert.
Bob Smith, aka "Shantybob", has performed and recorded multiple CDs of Celtic and Irish music for three decades with two premier bands, Wind That Shakes the Barley, and Extra Stout in New England. His primary instrument is a classic Wheatstone English Concertina that was made in the 1890s. Intuiting that in a former life he sailed over the "Bounding Main", he loves bellowing sea shanties and telling stories of whaling in the Atlantic and Pacific fisheries. Here, on island, Bob entertains with the high energy Irish band Whiskey-O. Currently, at Kauai Hospice, he is part of a team launching a "transitional music" program designed to accompany folks who are preparing to journey into the next life. Whiskey-O's CD will be for sale at the concert.