Washington Area Folk Harp Society

The Washington Area Folk Harp Society
Annual Harpers Getaway
November 4 - 6, 2016

Registrar's Letter
Weekend Schedule Workshops Registration Form

The 2016 WAFHS Harpers Getaway will be November 4 - 6. This year, the Getaway will return to the Shepherd's Spring retreat center in Sharpsburg, MD. The registration deadline is October 21. Registration forms must be submitted by October 21.

Our guests this year are Haley Hewitt and Judith Peacock Cummings.

Haley Hewitt

More information on Haley, including her bio and schedule, is on her website: www.haleyhewitt.com.
  Judith Peacock Cummings

Judith Cummings now lives in Seattle WA but was born and brought up in Scotland. She started to play the harp as a teenager after reading a historical novel by children's author, Rosemary Sutcliff, which featured a harp. After studying concert harp at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and Trinity College, London, Judith worked in both traditional and classical music throughout Scotland and abroad. For more than 15 years she was a member of the leading Scottish traditional band, The Whistlebinkies, with whom she did recordings, TV and radio broadcasts, and toured. The band collaborated with such diverse musicians as Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Evelyn Glennie, and avant garde American composer, John Cage.

Judith is also an accomplished traditional Gaelic singer and winner of the Mary Lamont gold medal for traditional singing at the Royal National Mòd in Scotland. She has had the privilege of working with a number of wonderful tradition-bearers and the songs have a great influence on her approach to playing the harp.

Having been a dedicated and popular teacher in Scotland, Judith has continued teaching in Seattle and enjoys guiding students of all ages and stages. She has gained new insights by being on the other side of the equation as a Suzuki violin parent. She plays traditional music in a foursome band with her husband and also in a family band, "The Fiddle Footed Cummings" with her two daughters aged 12 and 9 who are Highland dancers and play fiddle.