Sarah Deere-Jones - Acoustic Concerts
Sarah's recordings are available at BANDCAMP
Sarah has performed original and traditional music for harp and voice throughout her career, and has been a guest artist at the major harp festivals around the world including the Edinburgh Harp Festival UK, Somerset festival in New York, Blue Mountain Harp Holiday Australia, Wales International harp festival, Big Sky in Montana USA and the Lorient & Dinan Festivals Brittany.
Often accompanied on guitar by husband Phil Williams, her music is an exciting blend of subtle & dazzling arrangements of traditional tunes and haunting singing of folk songs as well as her original pieces for harp whch have broken new ground for the lever harp and have been included in exam lists for harp students around the world.
Through her historical research into the instrument she has unearthed a history of the harp in England that goes back to the 10th century, making it a long ignored but entirely suitable instrument for playing traditional music and songs of the English genre. So as well as some Irish and Scottish staples the majority of her music is from the English tradition, particularly southern England and Dorset where she was born and brought up.
'Sarah Deere-Jones' renditions delighted... and although this is her first visit to the festival, hopefully she will return' Neil Hedgeland, Living Tradition Magazine
'Absolutely magnificent, more of this please!' (Wildharp) Folk Roots Magazine
'Remarkable music' Classic FM (Album Soirbheas voted CD of the year)
'Sarahs playing can only be described as joyous, exhibiting a sense of pure abandon in her deft and creative phrasing that transcends her classical training or any overt desire to impress. The communication of mood and spirit-of-place is paramount.' David Kidman FATEA Records.
'An inventive, intuitive musician' Musician Magazine
'Exquisite' Folk Harp Journal USA
'I was captivated... and this album continues to cast it's spell' What's Afoot Magazine