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The new Harriet Earis Trio CD "Alignments" (May 2016) is now available. Click here for more information.

Video of The Harriet Earis Trio performing "Kitchen Devils" in Pontardawe Arts Centre in April 2014:

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Bio

Harriet was classically trained reaching Grade 8 with Distinction on concert pedal harp, but now specializes in the Celtic harp. She is a full-time harpist, playing extensively throughout the UK and abroad.

In 2007 she performed as a soloist to 25,000 people in the 02 Arena and in the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the "Young Voices" Tour. She was also chosen as one of 6 winners of the "Danny Kyle Open Stage Award" at the Celtic Connections Festival 2007 - picked out from among 82 different musical acts competing for the title. She was the 'Harper of All Britain' (at the All Britain round of the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉirinn) in 2000 and won it again in 2002.

Together with her love of Celtic music, Harriet has been studying Irish, Scots Gaelic and Welsh and has a degree in Celtic Studies from Trinity College, Cambridge.

In 2005 she was one of a few young musicians in Wales to be awarded a place on Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now! scheme, which led to over 150 solo concerts in community venues such as hospitals, old people’s homes and special schools as well as solo recitals in most of the main Welsh festivals, such as the North Wales Music Festival in St Asaph, Bryn Terfel’s “Y Faenol” Festival and the National Eisteddfod. Since leaving the scheme as a performer in 2009 she has become one of a handful of musicians in the UK trained to help audition and mentor new professional musicians on the Live Music Now scheme.

Her work on the scheme led to an invitation to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen at a reception honouring “Young People in the Performing Arts” in May 2011.

She is a busy and successful soloist with regular tours of Europe and America. As a member of "The Irish Variety Show", she has been on 18 tours of the USA to over 25 different states since March 2002. She has been on 10 tours to Germany since 1999 including solo performances at the Irish Spirits festival in Frankfurt and teaching and playing at the Harfentreffen 2010 and 2012. She has toured in Holland (1997), France (2001, 2005, 2008, 2014, 2015, 2016) performing at Lorient Festival Interceltique in 2008 and Dinan Harp Festival in 2015, Belgium, Holland, Ireland (2002, 2004, 2005 and 2007), Isle of Man (2010) and Italy (2011, 2014). In early 2017 she will be touring in Germany, France and Italy.

In October 2006 she toured Nova Scotia, Canada with a group of Scottish musicians and dancers from the Isle of Barra. The tour was televised for a Scots Gaelic TV programme Fagail Bharraidh on BBC Scotland (January 2007).

Harriet is fast gaining a reputation both in the UK and abroad as an extremely talented and expressive harper. Her aim is to show a new approach to harp-playing, using the Celtic harp as a strong melody instrument.

Harriet's first solo album Jumping Ahead of Irish and Scottish harp music with backing from a variety of world music instruments was launched in London in 2003. Her second album From the Crooked Tree with The Harriet Earis Trio (harp, bass and drums) was released in 2007 and combines Celtic music with jazz backing. The latest trio album Alignments came out in May 2016. Click here to order a CD.

She has also recorded on numerous other albums including the London-Irish group Siansa's Debut album (2001), two CDs "Through These Eyes" and "A Hundred Thousand Angels" by pop singer Luce Drayton (in 1999 and 2000) and the album "Shake the Blossom Early" by London-Irish singer Helen Roche (2004). She has guested on the album 'Craic of Dawn' by the German-Irish band An Tor (2006) and on "Ear to Ere", an American/Welsh cross-over album produced by Red Kite Records (2007) and has recorded an album "Dragons" with Welsh trio Triban (with singer Ian Rowlands and fiddler Jasper Salmon) (2007). She is currently recording for her next solo album and the long-awaited duo album with Colman Connolly is almost finished.

She makes regular radio and TV appearances (presented in most of the Celtic languages!) for BBC Northern Ireland, Radio Wales, Radio na Gaeltachta, ITV Wales and S4C.

Video with guitarist Clovis Phillips performing "Acrobat / Carnie's Canter / Mitton's Breakdown" in July 2014: Video from a Christmas 2013 concert with Sharron Kraus at Shrewsbury Folk Club:

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