The word "harp" is believed to be an Anglo-Saxon word which means "to pluck." Harp or "harpa," was used to describe the triangular-shaped stringed instruments during the 13th century and is believed to have been developed from the hunter’s bow. The harp’s roots can be traced to many parts of the world’s ancient history.
Evidence of harps during Ancient times can be seen in Egyptian tombs in wall paintings as well as on rock paintings in France dating back to 15,000 B.C., in a buried ship in England dating to the 4th century A.D. and in stone carvings in Northumberland as early as the 600s A.D. to name a few.
Harp music has been a favorite of brides who want a traditional style of music, usually during the ceremony and sometimes during the cocktail reception. With the evolution of bringing a more modern repertoire of harp selections, it is gaining popularity as the sole means of entertainment for entire events and with good reason. If you’ve never heard “Call Me Maybe” or Metallica played on a harp, you are missing a unique experience in your musical experience.
Harpists like Erica Powell are constantly expanding their library to include modern songs like these in addition to the traditional favorites in order to keep her performance innovative and entertaining. In fact, her newest arrangements include A Great Big World's "Say Something", John Legend's "All of Me", and "Demons" by Imagine Dragons. She likes to play music that is recognizable so that the audience can relate and be engaged. She has been playing the harp for 23 years and says it is one of the most complicated instruments to learn, but with her foundation of piano lessons, it helped. She has performed at weddings since she was 16 and has played all over the world, from international cruise ships to the shores of northern England.
If you are interested in reading or hearing more from Erica, please visit her website at palmspringsharpist.com.
By Cindy Burreson
Sales Manager of Tommy Bahama
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