Like Books?

Like books? Like Celtic Music? Come join us this Saturday, October 29 for the Phoenix Sister Cities Book Festival.

It’s at ASU downtown:
the A.E. England Building (424 N Central Ave)

I’ll be playing songs by Thomas Moore with my buddy Rick, and special guests Tom (on whistles and Uilleann pipes) and Brid (vocals) during the keynote lecture at 4pm

Learn more here.



Are you ready to JAM? Prescott Folk Fest is Coming UP!

Are you ready to JAM?

Annually, Sharlot Hall Museum hosts its Folk Music Festival to the delight of fans from throughout Arizona and the neighboring states for two days of music and merriment.

I’ll be playing there on Sunday, October 2, with my buddy, Rick Boyle. We’re called Begged and Borrowed. Also, if you’re there on Saturday the 1st, check out my workshop: I’ve always wanted to Play the Harp. I’ll have 10 or more baby harps available for you to use to take your first lesson – loads of fun are in store!

More than 200 musicians… 90 performances… four different venues… all on the four-acre campus in downtown Prescott, Arizona, as we celebrate 38 years of folk music at this recognized and heralded festival set for Saturday and Sunday, October 1 & 2.

Playing this Thursday at the Heard

I will be playing  for Artlink’s  18thannual Artlink Juried Exhibition, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in the Steele Auditorium at the Heard Museum in midtown Phoenix. Fifty artworks by 45 exceptional Arizona artists will be presented in this special one-night-only event.


A panel of three jurors from the Arizona arts community chose the 50 exhibition pieces from 256 submissions, the most entries in the history of the competition. The jurors were these prominent members of the Phoenix arts community: Nancy Hill, owner of Chartreuse gallery, artistFred Tieken, and Ann Marshall, Ph.D., the Heard Museum’s director of curation and education.

Three winners of the 2016 Exhibition will receive cash awards. Winners will be announced at the exhibition.

For the first time, the top award will be an acquisition prize, funded by Baron Properties.

First Friday

Sorry this post is last minute and on the fly – I’ll be playing for First Friday  tonight. Arizona Center stop, 6 – 8 pm. Hope to see you there!

Arizona Celtic Women – This Sunday!

Please join us at the Irish Cultural Center this Sunday, May 22 at 2:30 for the 3rd annual performance of Arizona’s Premier Celtic Women. If you haven’t heard these women, you are in for a real treat, and I’m honored to be performing with them this year.

Tickets are $10 at the door and proceeds support future activities of the Irish Cultural Center. Cash bar and artist CD’s available.

The ICC is located at the corner of Central Avenue and Portland Street – right across the street from the Burton Barr Central Library and conveniently available by Light Rail.


Support Local Art in Goodyear, AZ August 6


The Goodyear Public Library will be honoring local artists on August 6 from 5 – 7 pm, and I will be performing at the reception. Please come on out – it promises to be a good time and you will be supporting local art, too. That’s good, right?

Happy Easter!

Fortunately, this has never happened to me!

Happy Easter, everyone!

I’ve Always Wanted to Play the Harp with Peacocks!

Have you always wanted to play a harp? Have you ever wanted to play a harp? Now that you are thinking about it, wouldn’t it be fun to play a harp?


On Sunday, I’m leading an “I always wanted to play the harp” workshop at the Glendale Folk Festival. I will have harps for you to try out. There is plenty to keep you occupied the rest of the day, too.

  • At 10 am with the Strand: we’re leading a Celtic Jam. Play with us or just come to listen and meet some really cool musicians.
  • The harp workshop is at 11 am
  • The Strand plays at 2:30 in the Fruit Packing Shed
  • All day long, there is plenty to see and do. Performers on every stage, nook, cranny and porch. You can hear blues, bluegrass, old timey, contemporary folk, Celtic, you name it, it’s there.

So what’s with the peacocks? The Sahuaro Ranch Park is a 17 acre historic place, with original buildings, showcasing the agricultural origins of the Valley. The land has 13 historic buildings, some farming, and peacocks that roam freely. You never know when one will join in a session – last year one hopped down from the roof while we warmed up for our set – maybe for a better seat in the audience? 🙂

So join us on March 22 for a day of “colorful” fun!

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Pi Day Festivities

This Saturday, 3/14/15 (π day!) Be sure to check out the Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire. I’ll be playing with the Strand on Saturday at 10:45 in the Great Hall. $10 for a day of festivities.

And that evening, we’ll be playing a long set at Fiddlers Dream Coffeehouse.

News from the Harp Foundation: Celebrating New Beginnings in 2015!

Thank you, BHHS Legacy Foundation!

BHHS Legacy Foundation


The Harp Foundation

Through Experience Matters with a

Resource Development Encore Fellow!

The Harp Foundation welcomes Gary Yazwa (Yaz) as our Experience Matters Resource Development Encore Fellow. Gary is a seasoned executive having created and grown the Tempe Boys and Girls Clubs and those in the East Valley before moving to Seattle, WA to achieve his considerable success growing their Boys and Girls Clubs. He already has The Harp Foundation Board and staff moving quickly into a new strategy and action plan for fund development and sustainability. We are grateful to BHHS Legacy Foundation and its leadership for their generous funding of Yaz’ position and development, and for recognizing the impact our live therapeutic harp music contributes to reducing pain and anxiety for patients all over the Valley.

Thank you BHHS Legacy!


Jocelyn and Len create partnerships with

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Scottsdale Memory Care

We are happy to announce new partnerships with new locations for our harpists to provide the power of live therapeutic harp music.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Scottsdale Memory Care inaugurated live therapeutic harp programs in January, 2015 and will continue these programs open-ended. We are thrilled to work directly with CTCA as our missions are similar in providing integrated medical modalities to patients, their families and medical staff, and we look forward to growing our programs with them over the coming years. We are also pleased to provide a means to decrease anxiety in a memory care facility at Scottsdale Memory Care and hope to increase our collaboration with them over time. Harpists Jocelyn Obermeyer and Shannon Schumann were instrumental in making these opportunities come to reality. Thank you, too, to our Board member, Cheryl Hintzen-Gaines, for introducing The Harp Foundation to CTCA! It’s a great partnership.

The Dennis Mitchems Fund a Program honoring their close friend, Kenneth Husband and his life’s work, at the Beatitudes Campus of Care through a lifetime friendship with our Founding Director, Joyce Buekers!

The Harp Foundation is pleased to begin a live therapeutic harp program at The Beatitudes Campus of Care both in their care facilities and generally. Dennis Mitchem and Ken Husband were lifelong business partners and the Mitchems, long time family friends of the Buekers, started the fund for this program to begin in the Spring at The Beatitudes Campus of Care.

Thank you, Joyce and the Mitchems!

Dignity Health offering Human Kindness

And always, Dignity Health partners with us to try new areas as harpist Jocelyn Obermeyer rotates through both Barrow Rehabilitation and the new Hospice of the Valley unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital with live therapeutic harp music. Thank you, Sister Margaret and Arnold Bohn, for our new “leave behind” postcards. We are making a difference for patients, their families and the medical staff!

Thank you Dignity Health!

Victoria Lund Foundation Continues our work at Cardon Children’s Medical Center

Our strong program at Cardon Children Medical Center continues with another generous grant from Victoria Lund Foundation. Three of our harpists play for all floors at Cardon Children’s and work side-by-side with the music therapists on their staff. There are priceless stories of families requesting the harp be played for their child.

Thank you, Victoria Lund Foundation, for your visionary gift to sustain our program for many years!

Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center loves our harpists as do the many people we serve at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center.

You can actually find a small group of women talking happily when the harp is playing while they are getting treatments. Our work reduces pain and anxiety!

Mark your calendars to participate in Arizona Gives Day on April 7, 2015 with a gift to

The Harp Foundation!

Alla Plays to a Young Listener!

Our Therapeutic Harpist, Alla Yashneva, plays her harp to many listeners at the newly established live therapeutic harp program at Chandler Regional Medical Center. Thank you, Marty Breeden!

A young boy is mesmerized by her playing. Alla usually plays for the medical staff in the Trauma One Unit at CRMC to reduce stress levels in this highly charged emergency room.

Our harpist, Laura Goldstein, joins MIM!

Laura Goldstein, one of our therapeutic harpists, has joined the Musical Instrument Museum as an Assistant Curator. Stop by to see her or invite her to speak to you with your guests. She has many stories to share!

Congratulations, Laura!!

Stephen Hartman, American Virtuoso Harpist,

in Concert

The American Harp Society and Harps Arizona will sponsor Stephen Hartman, American Virtuoso Harpist, in concert, free to the public:

Sunday, March 8, 2015

3:00 PM

Desert Foothills United Methodist Church

2156 East Liberty Lane

Phoenix, Arizona 85048

Join The Harp Foundation as a member!

Become an angel and support our overall programs across the Valley. Call our office to become a member or donate on our website at! Help reduce anxiety for patients in hospitals!

The Harp Foundation

(602) 265 4014

400 W. Camelback Rd. Suite 304

Phoenix, AZ 85013


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