Washington Area Folk Harp Society

The Washington Area Folk Harp Society
Annual Harpers Getaway
November 3 - 5, 2023

Registrar's Letter
(DOCX format)
Weekend Schedule Workshops Registration Form
(DOCX format)

The 2023 WAFHS Harpers Getaway will be November 3 - 5. This year, the Getaway will return to the Shepherd's Spring retreat center in Sharpsburg, MD. The registration deadline is October 14. Registration forms must be submitted by October 14.

Our guests this year are Sue Richards and Abbie Palmer. Bios for them are given below.

More information coming soon!

Covid information - Shepherd's Spring's would prefer that attendees wear masks while inside the conference building, except whilst eating or drinking. However, it is not required.

Sue Richards

Sue Richards is a traditional Celtic harper; she studied classical harp as a teen at Oberlin College and then Ohio State University.

When she discovered Celtic harps, she immediately abandoned the pedal harp and turned to the Irish and Scottish music of her heritage, winning the American National Scottish Harp Championship four times.

Until 2021, she taught at and ran the harp program at the Ohio Scottish Arts School. She has performed for President Clinton and Queen Elizabeth, has sat in with the Chieftains Irish Band, played accompaniment for Jean Redpath on the Prairie Home Companion, and has toured with the Harpa Ensemble in Norway and Scotland. Currently Sue performs and composes with Ensemble Galilei in multi-media concerts sponsored by the National Geographic Society and the Metropolitan Museum of Art photography collection.

Currently EG is touring a concert of music and poetry themed around wounded warriors, "Between War and Here," using Irish and Scottish and original music. She has three solo recordings on the Maggies Music label, and three books of arrangements of Celtic music for harp. She also has published a book of her own compositions, "Morning to Midnight."

Recently Sue has teamed with guitarist Robin Bullock and they have just released their CD, "Highland Ramble." Currently Sue teaches in Asheville, NC.

More information on Sue is on her website: www.suerichards.net.


Abbie Palmer's extensive bio is available here.


More information on Abbie is on her website: www.abbiepalmer.com.