Month: September 2015

Exeter Camac Harp Weekend – Three Strands Concert! 3rd October 2015 – Press Release

On the 3rd of October, Darth Vader, Doctor Who & James Bond walk down the aisle together in harpist Shelley Fairplay”s harp concert ‘The Three Strands,’ as part of the Camac Exeter Harp Weekend

Shelley aims to show the harp to be an instrument that both harks back to an ancient tradition and is moving forwards with the times. This is reflected in “The Three Strands” concert where she performs a diverse range of musical styles using traditional harp-play techniques and also amplification, looper pedal, effect pedals and an amazing electro lever harp that she wears and walks around with!

The concert combines many music genres including Celtic, Classical and Flamenco to Doctor Who and Starwars. The program includes musical vignettes from her life, a suite of dance tunes that streams from Tchaikovsky to La Bamba called: ‘Tchaikovsky dances with friends’– and the show ends with her own interpretation of Deborah Henson Conants (a Grammy-nominated composer, performer and the world’s leading electric harpist, based in Boston, USA) fiery harp showcase, ‘Baroque Flamenco.’

Modern Sound?! Camac Electro Harp and Loop Pedal in action!

Her ‘Wedding Remix’ sequence is a series of three motifs – based on real-life events – in which Shelley, as a wedding harpist, found creative ways to accommodate musical requests of the couples she played for – including the groom who wanted to pace the aisle to the Darth Vader Theme, the couple who fell in love to Dr. Who, and the man, whose name being ‘Bond’ wanted – you guessed it – the James Bond theme. She presents, in music and story, a perspective that only SHE could give us – in this case, her life and experience playing hundreds of weddings throughout the UK, with a personal mission of creating a deeply personalized musical experience for each couple.

‘Rally of the Riffs’ brings together pop and rock riffs on electro harp, as Shelley explains how the “riffs” or “hooks” from songs are often what really draw us in to a song, the piece uses a number of famous riffs including Greenday”s “Good riddance” and Elbow”s “One day like this” alongside her own original material.

The name of the show, ‘The Three Strands’ refers to an age-old Celtic tale that each harper must master three musical strands in order to truly serve humanity.   The details of each strand differ in every story. In Shelley”s version, it”s the strands of passion, sorrow and joy. But in every tale, these strands are always played by a harpist, and they always encompass the human experience. The idea of these three strands really connects with Shelley as expressing emotion through music and connecting with an audience is what performing is all about.

Shelley explains that this is a tradition that”s not about “traditional music,” but a tradition of expressionExploring this through the harp, every musician can create a completely unique style.

Harp Workshop Students – Camac Harp Weekend 2015

If you”re anywhere near Exeter on the weekend of the 3rd/4th October come along to catch her show at 7pm on Saturday 3rd of October at Exeter School Music Department. Tickets available by calling 029 2062 0900 or online via this link. It is part of an entire weekend of events at the Camac Harp Weekend where harpists are travelling from across the UK to participate in workshops, master classes and concerts. The full program of events is available via:

3rd October 2015 Harpist for a Day – Press Release

Become a harpist for a day!

Harpist for a Day February 2014!


The harp is one of the world”s oldest and most diverse instruments appearing in Greek mythology through to Harry Potter. In Celtic tales harps often have magical powers of enchantment and this queen of instruments is deep rooted in our musical and cultural history. It is amazing that despite this, many of us have never played a harp or even been up close to one!

Shelley Fairplay


On the 3rd of October Harpist Shelley Fairplay will change that for twelve adventurous first time harp students on a momentous one-day learning journey, from plucking their very first note in the morning right through to performing in the evening as part of her new concert ‘The Three Strands; Passion, Sorrow and Joy’. Whilst the harp might look complicated, Shelley will show these students how to create a beautiful sound in a very easy and accessible way.

Harp Workshop Students – Camac Harp Weekend 2015
Participants in the “Harpist for a Day” experience will:

Learn the basics of harp playing in a “Hands on Harps” Workshop exclusively for the 12 participants.

Attend an “Open Rehearsal” to watch regular harp students practicing.

Rehearse in a “1st Performance Rehearsal” with harp tutor and “helping hands” from students on hand to assist.

Perform in Shelley Fairplay”s evening concert “Three Strands; Passion, Sorrow and Joy Concert” alongside their personal harpist-mentor.

Celebrate their experience of having been “A Harpist for a day”!

Shelley Fairplay Harpist Three Strands Concert

Shelley, who describes herself as ‘obsessed with all things harp’, says ‘I created ‘Harpist for a Day’ because I believe everyone should get to have an opportunity to get up close and experience this incredibly diverse and beautiful instrument. I have structured it so that even if you’ve never played a harp before and have no previous experience of music reading or performing, you can truly participate and have the full experience of learning, rehearsing and performing along with an ensemble – so it’s not just a learning experience but a wonderful day of fun and harp-playing together!’



Modern Sound?! Camac Electro Harp and Loop Pedal in action!

Anyone that has always secretly wanted to try the harp can book a place to become “A Harpist for a Day!” for £40 on Saturday3rd  October 2015 as part of the  Camac Exeter Harp Weekend at Exeter School. For further information and details visit The Camac harp weekend taking place on the 3rd/4th October and also includes a harp exhibition, workshops and concerts for harpists and non-harpists of all ages and abilities. Full details of the harp weekend are available via