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Preview: Harper Martha Gallagher "Coming Home" with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta on Sunday

Harpist Martha Gallagher has spent years on the road sharing her brand of harp music nationally and internationally. This year, she's staying closer to her home in Keene. She's calling her 2014 concert series, "Home in the Adirondacks".

Martha Gallagher shares the stage with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta this Sunday night to showcase her unique "orphan" harp and present the world premiere of a new work for harp and orchestra. Martha shares the story with Todd Moe of her custom built harp made of "orphaned" wood, and creating new music this summer. She says the last time she performed with the Sinfonietta was in 2005.  Go to full article
Martha Gallagher and her "Orphan Harp" at NCPR.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Martha Gallagher and her "Orphan Harp" at NCPR. Photo: Todd Moe

Adk Harper Martha Gallagher plays, talks about her "Orphan Harp"

Martha Gallagher returns to NCPR to play some tunes and talk with Todd Moe about her new "Orphan Harp," which was made by Dusty Strings in Seattle. The instrument is made of various types of wood, including maple, walnut and bubinga. This extended interview includes extra content not heard in the broadcast feature.

While on tour in the Pacific Northwest almost two years ago, during a visit to the Dusty Strings harp and hammered dulcimer factory, Martha was inspired when she learned of all the "orphaned" wood left behind during the drafting and crafting process. She suggested they make use of the cast off and uglier pieces and craft them into an "orphan" harp.

It took almost a year and half from her visit for workers at the factory to convince craftsmen to attempt such an unconventional construction, but Martha couldn't be happier with the resulting instrument.

Sitting in the studio with Todd Moe this morning, she played some of her original pieces on the orphan harp. Listen to the audio to hear the repurposed wood and strings in action.  Go to full article

Preview: Zing went the Strings!

Adirondack musicians Martha and Dennis Gallagher will premiere some new harp and 9-string guitar music this Sunday night in Keene Valley. Todd Moe spoke with them about the concert at the Keene Valley Congregational Church at 7:30 p.m. It'll include new solo tunes and familiar favorites. Martha says this will be a rare opportunity for the couple to perform their music together.  Go to full article

New music: "Ebb and Flow"

Adirondack harper Martha Gallagher joined Todd Moe in the studio this morning to talk about the new music from her latest cd, Ebb and Flow. This new eclectic collection includes genres of music that range from Blues to Latin, from Jazz to Contemporary Folk. Martha says sense of place is the building block of each song. Joining her on much of the music are talented musicians from across our region.

You're invited to join Martha for the Scandinavian Christmas tale, A Christmas Rose, tonight (7 pm) at the St. Lawrence County Arts Council in Potsdam.  Go to full article

Preview: "In the Clearing" in Lake Placid

NCPR is media sponsor for In the Clearing at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts this Friday night (8 pm). It's an evening of folk, jazz, blues and original music with Adirondack harper Martha Gallagher and friends. Martha stopped by the NCPR studio for music and conversation.  Go to full article

Preview: Not Out of the Woods 3

Adirondack harper Martha Gallagher hosts the third annual "Not out of the Woods Yet" event at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on January 23rd. It's an evening of music and stories celebrating life in the Adirondacks. Martha will be joined by musician friends from around the region, and some suprises. She told Todd Moe that the idea for "Not Out of the Woods Yet" came to her a few years ago when reached an important milestone in her life - turning 50.  Go to full article

Preview: Not Out of the Woods Yet

North Country Public Radio is media sponsor for the premiere of Not Out of the Woods Yet, Friday night, January 12th at 7:30 at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Martha Gallagher, the Adirondack Harper, created the show. It will feature a variety of music - Celtic harp, flutes, vocals, drums and strings. Martha told Todd Moe that the idea for the concert came to her after she reached an important milestone in her life.  Go to full article
Harpist Martha Gallagher is finding musical inspiration in the most unlikely of creative sanctums - Adirondack cemeteries
Harpist Martha Gallagher is finding musical inspiration in the most unlikely of creative sanctums - Adirondack cemeteries

Songs From the Stones: music from an unlikely source

An Adirondack musician has spent the past few months wandering through North Country cemeteries. Harpist Martha Gallagher is looking for inspiration from inscriptions on old gravestones. Her new show is titled "Songs from the Stones". It's a collection of original compositions that will be part of a concert series this month. Martha has collected inscriptions from headstones all over the U.S. and Europe. Far from being morbid, she says the inscriptions are uplifting and insightful -- they celebrate the love of life, family, friends, and home. Todd Moe spoke with Martha about the project while strolling through the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Saranac Lake.  Go to full article
Martha Gallagher (left) and Sue Grimm.
Martha Gallagher (left) and Sue Grimm.

Music and conversation with Martha Gallagher and Sue Grimm

Martha Gallagher, the Adirondack Harper, and musician Sue Grimm celebrate spring with music for harp and flute. They're hosting a benefit concert tonight in Lake Placid for an Adirondack-Siberian cultural exchange trip later this year.  Go to full article

Preview: Third Thursday Gallery Walks In Saranac Lake

A conversation and some music featuring Adirondack harper Martha Gallagher as we preview tonight's Gallery Walk in Saranac Lake.  Go to full article

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