LAKE PLACID - Martha Gallagher, The Adirondack Harper, returns to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts Friday, Jan. 23 for the third incarnation of her concert extravaganza, "Not Out of the Woods Yet."
This one-performance-only show is slated as a celebration of life, music and the Adirondacks. It features Gallagher on Celtic harp and voice, with a dynamic repertoire of original, trad. Celtic, jazz, classical, and blues music.
This year's roster of talented guests will include percussionist Brian Melick, multi-instrumentalist Sue Grimm, guitarist Joe Hetko, and bassist Steve Feinbloom, in addition to several surprise guests. One of the very fun segments will feature a group called The Martha Matrix.
Gallagher's resume includes performing with the world renowned Irish band, The Chieftains. Her solo tours have taken her throughout the US and Canada, with several tours sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. She has been featured on several public radio stations, including North Country Public Radio, Vermont Public Radio, and WAMC Northeast Public Radio.
Her television appearances include the BBC, Good Morning Arizona, and several appearances on Mountain Lakes Public Television. Recent regional performances include Songs from the Stones; a collection of original works inspired by inscriptions on headstones, The Christmas Rose, a Scandinavian Christmas tale told with original music, and Quiet Celebration, a meditation focused on the spiritual aspect of Christmas.
An early Winter concert tour took Gallagher to Arizona, California and Texas. Her Spring 2009 tour has her slated to perform in California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, and Arizona in a new duo called HarpSparks, with renowned harpist and composer Christina Tourin (www.emeraldharp.com).
Gallagher is known for exploring and expanding the realms of music played on the Celtic harp. As a pioneer in the use of new technologies for the harp, Gallagher has presented clinics on the MIDI harp for The American Harp Society, the Somerset Folk Harp Festival, and the Southeastern Harp Weekend in Asheville, NC.