Celtic Muse

Poetry, Harps & William Stafford

Happy birthday, William Stafford, wherever you may be! Stafford is perhaps the Northwest’s most famous poet, and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna will host a William Stafford Birthday Reading in Stafford’s honor, featuring poet and harpist Jennifer Pratt-Walter from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Vancouver Community Library. The event is free and open to the public.

The party is jointly sponsored by the Friends of William Stafford and Printed Matter Vancouver, and Pratt-Walter will read Stafford’s poetry, as well as some of her own poems written in the spirit of Stafford’s work. She will accompany Luna on her beautiful Celtic harp as he reads a selection of Stafford’s poetry. Audience members are also invited to read one of their favorite Stafford poems.

Vancouver Community Library is located at 901 C St. in downtown Vancouver. For more information about this event, contact Luna at 360-910-1066 or e-mail christopherjluna@gmail.com. Pratt-Walter is one-half of the popular Celtic harp duo Celtic Muse. You can learn more about Pratt-Walter and purchase CDs by clicking here or visiting the Celtic Muse Facebook page.

Celtic Muse

Here’s the coziest, most relaxing thing to do on a rainy afternoon: snuggle up next to the beautiful old fireplace at the Camas Public Library and listen to Celtic Muse lull you into a comfortable winter reverie with their dulcet harp melodies.

The Thursday, Dec. 10, concert is completely free and open to the public. Children are welcome, and fussy babies will be soothed to sleep by harpists Valerie Blessley and Jennifer Pratt-Walter, who have recorded and released four albums (all of which will of course be available for sale at the concert). Celtic Muse will play for two hours—from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.—and in addition to Celtic, Nordic, classical, and Renaissance music, you’ll also hear original compositions.

Celtic Muse also plays for weddings, private parties, graduations, memorials, cultural celebrations and more. Pratt-Walter plays harp for hospice and home health patients, and both harpists offer lessons. To learn more, visit them on Facebook. The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. This concert is offered courtesy of the Friends & Foundation of the Camas Library.

Editor’s note: We attended the Celtic Muse concert a couple years ago, and it was absolutely marvelous. We bought two CDs, which have never gathered dust because they’re played so often.

 

Celtic Muse Concert

Snuggle up next to the beautiful old fireplace at the Camas Public Library and listen to the duo Celtic Muse lull you into a comfortable winter reverie with their dulcet harp melodies. The Friday, Dec. 5, concert is completely free and open to the public. Children are welcome, and fussy babies will be soothed to sleep by harpists Valerie Blessley and Jennifer Pratt-Walter, who have recorded and released four albums (all of which will of course be available for sale at the concert). Celtic Muse will play for two hours—from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.—and in addition to Celtic, Nordic, classical, and Renaissance music, you’ll also hear original compositions. Other instruments you might hear include a Finnish zither, flute, penny whistle, recorder, and light percussion. To learn more, visit them on Facebook.

The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. This concert is offered courtesy of the Friends & Foundation of the Camas Library. While you’re at the library, you’ll want to check out the Friends & Foundation of the Camas Library Book Sale, and stick around for the First Friday Artist’s Reception from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Second Story Gallery—just upstairs from where the Celtic Muse concert will take place—for Jonathan Peebles’ new exhibit, “Local Boy Makes Art.” Complementary refreshments will be offered and there’ll be more live music with Tom Mann.

Celtic Muse at Camas Library

Here is pretty much the coziest, most relaxing thing you can do this Friday afternoon: snuggle up next to the beautiful old fireplace at the Camas Public Library and listen to the duo Celtic Muse lull you into a comfortable winter reverie with their dulcet harp melodies.

The Friday, Dec. 5, concert is completely free and open to the public. Children are welcome, and fussy babies will be soothed to sleep by harpists Valerie Blessley and Jennifer Pratt-Walter, who have recorded and released four albums (all of which will of course be available for sale at the concert). Celtic Muse will play for two hours—from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.—and in addition to Celtic, Nordic, classical, and Renaissance music, you’ll also hear original compositions. Other instruments you might hear include a Finnish zither, flute, penny whistle, recorder, and light percussion.

Celtic Music plays for a variety of events, such as weddings, private parties, graduations, memorials, cultural celebrations and more. Pratt-Walter plays harp for hospice and home health patients. Both harpists offer lessons in the Grandjany technique, and Blessley also teaches Perhojoki-style zither. To learn more, visit them on Facebook.

The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. This concert is offered courtesy of the Friends & Foundation of the Camas Library. While you’re at the library, you’ll want to check out the Friends & Foundation of the Camas Library Book Sale, and stick around for the First Friday Artist’s Reception from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Second Story Gallery—just upstairs from where the Celtic Muse concert will take place—for Jonathan Peebles’ new exhibit, “Local Boy Makes Art.” Complementary refreshments will be offered and there’ll be more live music with Tom Mann.

Editor’s note: We attended the Celtic Muse concert a couple years ago, and it was absolutely marvelous. We bought two CDs, which have never been able to gather dust because they’re played so often.

 

Celtic Muse at the Outdoor Market

Celtic Muse is bringing its dulcet sounds to the Battle Ground Village Outdoor Market on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (that’s a lotta harpin’). This harp duo has been soothing North Bank listeners since 1995 with “music to gentle the spirit and gladden the heart.” Celtic Muse’s broad repertoire includes celtic music, Nordic and Scandinavian tunes, light classical music, Medieval and Renaissance music, and original songs composed by the duo. To create their signature sounds, they use two Celtic harps, Finnish zithers, flutes, penny whistles, recorders, and light percussion. To hear (or purchase) one of Celtic Muse’s many albums, go to www.cdbaby.com/group/celticmuse.

 

Celtic Muse at the Outdoor Market

CelticMuseCeltic Muse is bringing its dulcet sounds to the Battle Ground Village Outdoor Market on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (that’s a lotta harpin’). This harp duo has been soothing North Bank listeners since 1995 with “music to gentle the spirit and gladden the heart” (according to legend—er, actually, the Celtic Music website). Celtic Muse’s broad repertoire includes celtic music, Nordic and Scandinavian tunes, light classical music, Medieval and Renaissance music, and original songs composed by the duo. To create their signature sounds, they use two Celtic harps, Finnish zithers, flutes, penny whistles, recorders, and light percussion.

Harpists Valerie Blessley and Jennifer Pratt-Walter are sought-after performers at a variety of events, including weddings, private parties, graduation celebrations, memorial services, and of course Celtic cultural events (book them now for your elegant St. Paddy’s Day party!). Blessley and Pratt-Walter also offer harp lessons in the Grandjany technique, and Blessley additionally teaches Perhojoki-style Kantele (it’s OK; we don’t know what that is, either). Pratt-Walter  plays harp for hospice and home health patients. To hear (or purchase) one of Celtic Muse’s many albums, go to www.cdbaby.com/group/celticmuse.

Editor’s note: we heard Celtic Muse perform Christmas music at the Camas Public Library a couple years ago. It was so marvelous that we bought two CDs, “Northern Light” and “Merry and Bright,” which we have played endlessly and still enjoy.