Events with Alys Howe in 2011

RECENT EVENTS with Alys Howe



January 23, 2011 Launch party, World Harp Congress 2011! Alys performed a few numbers in support of the World Harp Congress (Vancouver 2011) launch party. Door prizes, live music, and presentations were enjoyed at this well-attended event, which took place at 2:00, in Nelson Mansion, New Westminster. For more information,

Saturday March 19, 2011, 3:00 – 4:00 (Granville Street at Georgia):

Leum! Alys Howe’s celtic band, performed on Granville Street as part of the CelticFest Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations. Leum! (which means jump in Scottish Gaelic) is an exciting new band of traditional musicians, featuring Annie Brown on fiddle, Keona Hammond on flute, Alys Howe on harp, and Neil Hammond on guitar and bodhran. With dance tunes and songs, Leum! celebrates the West Coast’s laid-back perspective on Celtic style, capturing the beauty and emotion of traditional music. We all jumped into St Patrick’s Day on Granville Street with Leum! For more information, visit

VIDEOS CLIPS of this concert can now be viewed on You Tube or by visiting the Performances page of this website.



APRIL 1 – 3, 2011: Under the blossoms of the Okanagan orchards, Alys instructed the 11th Annual Harp Retreat & Workshop in Naramata, BC. This workshop was taught at the level of intermediate harp students. We had such fun, we will all get together to do it again next year in 2012!  For more information or to register, please contact Caroline Mackay:, phone: (250) 768-0930,

APRIL 9th: BOWEN ROOTS FOR JAPAN – Benefit Concert

7:30pm – Cates Hill Chapel, 661 Carter, Bowen Island.  TICKETS: $20 available at the PHOENIX, or at the door

Traditional Irish and Scottish dance tunes and songs with a New World energy and a laid-back westcoast style. Annie Brown on fiddle, Keona Hammond on flute, Alys Howe on harp and Neil Hammond on guitar and bodhran. Watch video clips of Leum!


Acoustic roots with Neil & Keona Hammond and the JUNO AWARD-WINNING Shanto Bhattacharya


Indie-pop sensation!


A little bit of skiffle, a little bit of blues – mandolin, guitar, harmonica, ukelele and tea-chest bass.


The Velvety Baritone of Sealeigh Park!


Singer, songwriter and compere extraordinaire!


(no introduction required)

and Spontaneous, haiku-inspired painting by the lovely and talented


Raffle prizes, Silent Auction, Wine Bar, snacks and other surprises.


delivering emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by the disasters in Japan.

APRIL 29, and MAY 1:

Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet”, Suites One and Two. Alys played classical (pedal) harp with the West Coast Symphony Orchestra, for two performances of this gorgeous and exciting work!

The full program included:

Mikhail Glinka; Overture to Ruslan & Ludmilla,

Sergei Rachmaninoff; Piano Concerto #2 ,

Sergei Prokofiev; Romeo & Juliet Suite #1 and 2


– Friday April 29th at 8:00, The Old Auditorium at University of British Columbia

– Sunday May 1 at 2:00, Mount Seymour United Church in North Vancouver

Tickets were available at the door. For more information, visit:, or


MAY 7: Kiwanis Festival in Langley, BC – Alys adjudicated the harp and guitar categories. For more information, visit








Alys’ performances at WORLD HARP CONGRESS VANCOUVER 2011:


JULY 24 (Sunday): Alys was one of many spectacular harpists performing for the Opening Gala of the World Harp Congress ((Vancouver 2011).  The Vogue Theatre, 3:00pm – 4:30 pm.



JULY 27 (Wednesday): Alys performed with Winter Harp, produced by artistic director Lori Pappajohn, and featuring Janelle Nadeau. The Vogue Theatre, 7:30 – 8:15.




JULY 28 (Thursday): A “Cape Breton” harp concert at the WHC!

Cape Breton is an island located off the East Coast of Canada, in the province of Nova Scotia.  This area of Canada received a particularly strong cultural contribution from Scotland, because of the many Highlanders who immigrated there after the Clearances in the 1800s.  Today, Cape Breton is internationally renowned for the tremendous energy and sheer joy communicated in the performances of its outstanding fiddlers, piano players, and step-dancers.  Any “snapshot” of Canada’s rich cultural diversity would be incomplete without a nod to Eastern Canadian music.  Accordingly this concert, presented for WHC Vancouver 2011, will have a special focus on the Scottish musical heritage of Cape Breton.

Canadian harper Alys Howe and American harper Seumas Gagné present collaborative performances of lively dance tunes, waulking (work) songs, Gaelic love songs, and “puirt-a-beul”.  Both accomplished harpers with a deep love for traditional music, Alys and Seumas have immersed themselves in the Scottish clarsach and Irish cruit (Celtic harp) traditions, and the musical cultures of Scotland, Ireland, and Eastern Canada. If you don’t know what puirt-a-beul is, then open your ears to Alys and Seumas: two harpers proudly challenging the idea that all harp music is relaxing!

Award-winning Alys Howe is unique among Celtic harpists in North America. She was the first overseas harp student accepted to the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, went on to obtain her Masters from the University of Limerick, and has studied and taught at The Gaelic College of Celtic Arts, in Cape Breton. Alys is fascinated by the diversity of the contemporary Celtic harp, and has adopted influences from Cape Breton piano-style to jazz and ragtime, into her own contemporary soundscape.

Seumas Gagné has been playing the music of the Highland and Irish Gaels on the Celtic harp for more than twenty years, and is the only American to have won the trophy for solo clarsach performance at the Scottish Mod. After extensive study of the Gaelic language, Seumas helped found Slighe nan Gaidheal, Washington’s Gaelic language and cultural society.  He has worked with noted Cape Breton performers Wendy MacIsaac and Andrea Beaton.

Saint Paul’s Church, 3:00 – 4:00.