Events in 2012 with ALYS HOWE

Events in 2012 with ALYS HOWE



March 1, 2012: Concert and Ceilidh

Alys and her harp were featured in a special evening presented by The Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions.  This was an evening of varied musical styles, with performers Nick Zwaagstra on accordion and Kate Dunlay on fiddle, sharing tunes and songs from many genres.  Hosted at The Rose and Kettle, with MC Vince Morash.




March 10, 2012: International Women’s Day “Sisters in Steel” evening concert

Alys was excited to perform in support of International Women’s Day!  This special event, “Sisters in Steel”, celebrated artists Becky Little, Barbara Schmeisser, and Alexa Jaffurs, through exhibits, blacksmithing and forging demonstrations, lectures, workshops and other interactive events.  Along with Alys and her harp, the evening concert also featured musicians Ann Fearon, Karen Robinson, Mel Farrimond, and CBC Radio host Louise Renault as MC.  Hosted at The King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal.





March 30 – April 1, 2012: Intermediate Harp Workshop

presented by High Spirits Music (Naramata, B.C.)

Under the blossoms of the Okanagan orchards, Alys instructed the 12th Annual Harp Retreat & Workshop in Naramata, BC. This workshop was taught at the level of intermediate harp students. There was Scottish, Irish, and Cape Breton repertoire, with information about ornamentation, variation, arranging, and some technical work to build speed and skill.  Hosted by Caroline Mackay and High Spirits Music




April 2, 2012: Recording project for Alexey Kononenko, at Blue Wave Studios in Vancouver.

Emilie 36 harp by craftsman Jamie Newsom (courtesy of Susan Tataren).  View video at





April 21, 2012: “Kitchen Party” Concert and Ceilidh

Beginning and closing with a wonderful open mic segment, this was a fantastic night!  Alys shared some of her favourite harp tunes and Scots and Gaelic songs, as the featured performer of the evening.  Hosted by The Harbour Folk Society, at The Rose & Kettle Tearoom in Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum, 471 Poplar Drive (corner Otago), Cole Harbour.




Celtic Harp Workshop for Nova Scotia Harp Ring

Sunday May 27, 2012: 10 – 4:00.  Beginner workshop in the morning, ensemble playing during our lunch break, and more advanced workshop in the afternoon!  More details available at



Saturday June 9, 2012

Alys Howe opened for Juno award-winning singer-song writer, Amelia Curran.  King’s Theatre, Annapolis Royal.




Saturday August 4, 2012
Chestico Days in Port Hood, Cape Breton
“Dancing Festival and Concert”, 1 – 4 pm
Alys will perform a couple of tunes and a Gaelic song, in support of Chestico Days!


Friday August 10, 2012
4:00 – 4:30
Lunenberg Heritage Society Bandstand, Lunenberg Folk Harbour Festival.
Alys will perform a set featuring some of her favourite tunes and Gaelic songs.




August 14 – 18, 2012: IMA International School of Celtic Harp

Alys returns to Wells, BC to teach the Intermediate Class.  To learn more visit; to register, go to

INTERMEDIATE HARP class August 14 – 18.

HARP CONCERT August 16, featuring Alys Howe, Sharlene Wallace, and Maire ni Chathasaigh!  This concert is open to workshop participants as well as the public.  Contact Island Mountain Arts:









 a Christmas concert to benefit HOPE FOR WILDLIFE

featuring Harps, Cello, Flute, and Guitar

Admission by donation – all proceeds to HOPE FOR WILDLIFE

Celebrate the season and support a wonderful cause!

DECEMBER 15, 2012

7:00 pm

Port Wallis United Church

263 Waverley Road in Dartmouth

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Friendly Beasts Poster by Ellen



Benefit Christmas concert to support Hope for Wildlife Society

by David Harrison

A talented quintet, led by harpist Alys Howe, will present “Friendly Beasts,” a Christmas concert benefiting the Hope for Wildlife Society on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012.

To be held at the Port Wallis United Church on 263Waverley Road in Dartmouth, Friendly Beasts will feature seasonal favourites, as well as original music, both Celtic and classical. Admission to the concert will be by donation with all proceeds going to the Hope for Wildlife Society.

“There will be some audience sing-along carols and a mixture of instrumental Christmas repertoire that is both familiar and less well-known,” says Alys Howe.

Howe, a renowned award-winning harpist, is also an accomplished vocalist. She will be joined at Friendly Beasts by local musicians Catherine Little on cello, Jennifer Publicover on flute, Phil Schappert on guitar and Ellen Gibling on harp.

The Hope for Wildlife Society, based in Seaforth, Nova Scotia has been helping injured and orphaned wild animals since 1997. In their 15 years they’ve grown substantially and currently have over 75 volunteers and rehabilitate over 1,500 animals per year. Since 1997 the society has helped over 15,000 injured and orphaned animals from over 250 different species.

The name of the event, Friendly Beasts, not only signifies the friendly animals supported by Hope for Wildlife, but also one of the pieces scheduled to be part of the show. The song Friendly Beasts is a traditional French carol from the 12th century which has been recorded by a number of famous artists over the years including Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash and Harry Belafonte.

“The concert will also feature repertoire that has been recently composed for the harp by Canadian and North American harpists or composers,” says Howe.

There will also be a few friendly beasts in attendance thanks to our friends at Hope for Wildlife. Rebecca Michelin from Hope for Wildlife will be at the concert along with a couple of the society’s education animals for the audience to interact with during intermission. Michelin will also be able to answer any questions about the society while selling “Sponsor and Animal” packages. Crafts and work produced by local artisans will also be available with proceeds benefiting Hope for Wildlife.