|Kim Robertson – March 15||Jim Hurst – May 17|
|Stephen Bennett – June 21||Richard Smith – September 13|
|Harp Guitar Gathering, Oct. 24 & 25||Robin Bullock – Dec. 7|
Saint Patrick’s is pleased to announce our Solas Leighis Concert Series for 2015 – our 4th season. Solas Leighis (SULL-uss LIE-ish) is Irish Gaelic for “healing light.” These musical performances are envisioned to bring the healing light of Christ to our community. Nationally and internationally acclaimed musicians will fill our halls with beautiful music to bring the community together in fellowship.
Each concert includes a wine and cheese reception during intermission.
Tickets at the door: $15 adults, $10 seniors and students
For questions, or to help with our concert series, please contact Sherry Klepfer at Concerts@Saint-Patricks.org
Our 2015 concert schedule is:
Sunday, March 15, 7:00 PM – Kim Robertson
Kim Robertson is a renowned performer, arranger and recording artist who has stretched the boundaries of the harp
for a new generation of performers and audiences.
As a pioneer in the American folk harp movement, she combines an improvisational spirit
with a passionate sense of tradition, bringing a contemporary touch to a centuries-old instrument.
Workshops: In addition to her concert, Kim will be conducting harp workshops at Saint Patrick’s on Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15. If you would like to enroll in one or more workshops, click here.
Sunday, May 17, 7:00 PM – Jim Hurst
Jim Hurst’s unique picking style and mastery of guitar wows audiences across North America and Europe.
He combines savvy guitar picking, broad vocal range and a musical eclecticism culminating in jaw-dropping performances.
While he occasionally collaborates with other greats, notably David Grisman and Rob Ickes,
his solo performance is what keeps audiences mesmerized.
Sunday, June 21, 7:00 PM – Stephen Bennett
Stephen Bennett is an extraordinary musician, an acknowledged master of the harp guitar,
a challenging teacher, a gifted composer, and a performer of astounding sensitivity.
The Toronto Fingerstyle Guitar Association calls him “the Jedi Master of Fingerstyle Guitar.”
Sunday, September 13, 7:00 PM – Richard Smith
With fretboard fireworks and lyrical endeavours, Richard Smith will melt your heart-strings
and make your toes tap.
Richard’s ever growing repertoire comprises a wide variety of music from classical Bach to Beatles pop.
It includes Scott Joplin Rags as well as Sousa marches, Chopin, Mozart and fiddle tunes.
It ranges from jazz standards to Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed and to Django Reinhardt gypsy swing,
not to mention his intriguing originals.
He delivers both lightning fast barn-burners and beautiful ballads, occasionally spiced with vocals.
Saturday, October 24, 7:30 PM – Harp Guitar Gathering – Concert 1
Sunday, October 25, 3:00 PM – Harp Guitar Gathering – Concert 2
The Harp Guitar Gathering® is an annual event celebrating the instrument known as the harp guitar,
as well as its players, builders and history.
It is hoped that musicians, luthiers, scholars and fans alike will participate in and benefit
from the synergy resulting from ‘gathering’ together for this purpose.
Sunday, December 7, 7:00 PM – Robin Bullock
Internationally recognized as a master Celtic instrumentalist, Robin Bullock will once again kick off
the Christmas season at Saint Patrick’s.
Robin is a prolific composer and multi-instrumentalist, whose virtuosity on guitar,
cittern and mandolin blends the ancient melodies of the Celtic lands and their vigorous Appalachian descendants
into one powerful musical vision.
The 17th-century harp tunes of legendary Irish bard Turlough O’Carolan,
the spirited jigs and reels of rural Ireland, the haunting ballads of the southern Appalachians
and evocative original compositions all find a musical common ground in Robin’s music,
where lightning-fast fingerwork one moment is perfectly balanced with tender, quiet intimacy the next.