The Three Strands

£12.00

“Throughout generations tales have been told of three musical strands. The details differ in each story, but they’re always played by a harpist, and they always encompass the human experience.” Hear Harpist Shelley Fairplay musically entwine The Three Strands; Passion Sorrow and Joy through a diverse range of styles from the traditional to the present day.

The music is performed on a 47 string concert pedal harp and a golden electro-lever harp that Shelley wears to play. Several tracks also use added looper and effect pedals.

For track listings click on photo gallery to see the back of the CD!

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“Throughout generations tales have been told of three musical strands. The details differ in each story, but they’re always played by a harpist, and they always encompass the human experience.” Hear Harpist Shelley Fairplay musically entwine The Three Strands; Passion Sorrow and Joy through a diverse range of styles from the traditional to the present day.

The music is performed on a 47 string concert pedal harp and a golden electro-lever harp that Shelley wears to play. Several tracks also use added looper and effect pedals.

The three strands are generally detailed as the goltrai (the strain of weeping), the geantrai (the strain of happiness), and the suantrai (the strain of sleep). In many tales these powerful emotions played on the harp are used to avert disaster or end conflict, such as the harp being played to make warriors dance with such merriment that they cannot continue to battle!

The idea of the three strands really connects with Shelley as expressing emotion through music and connecting with an audience is fundamentally what performing is about. You will notice that she has exchanged the strand of sleep for the strand of passion (as is the right of a modern day minstrel!) as this is very exciting to explore musically.