Harriet Earis Trio – “Earl of Hyndford”.

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   For today, I chose yet another piece from  Harriet Earis Trio’s album which I really like, From the Crooked Tree. The piece itself is called Earl of Hyndford, which refers to a Scottish title but I have no idea if it’s about any of its bearers in particular. 

Song of the day (7th December) – The Harriet Earis Trio – “Finbar Finnegan’s”.

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   I decided to share with you all another piece from The Harriet Ears Trio’s album From The Crooked Tree as our overdue song for yesterday. I’ve shared a few pieces from this album already on here, but in case any of you are unfamiliar, it’s a bit of a quirky album blending traditional Celtic music with jazz in a way that sounds really interesting. The trio consists of Harriet Earis on   harp, Sam Christie on drums and Andy COughlan on bass. 

Song of the day (8th July) – Harriet Earis Trio – “Postal Piper”.

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   I know I shared a piece by this very interesting trio only very recently, but I felt like sharing another one now nevertheless. It also comes from their album From the Crooked Tree, but unlike the Gary Numan cover that I shared a while back, this one is a lot more folksy. 

Harriet Earis Trio – “Are Friends Electric?”

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   Today, let’s listen to another piece from Harriet Earis Trio’s album From the Crooked Tree. I’ve already said a lot about how much I like this album because it’s so rare to hear the harp in such a setting, next to drum and bass, in experimental music. I really like how it sounds together. This piece is the trio’s drum & bass rendition of Gary Numan’s song Are Friends Electric? With Harriet’s harp adding a strongly Celtic flavour on top of it. From what I’ve read, the trio’s bassist – Andy Coughlan – has actually played with Gary Numan as well. 

The Harriet Earis Trio – “Take 5/The Unsquare Dance”.

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For today, I chose a set of two pieces from an album from which I’ve already shared some music with you and which I really like for its creativeness. The album is called From The Crooked Tree and comes from the Wales-based group The Harriet Earis Trio, with the very Celtic harpist Harriet Earis at the centre of things.

The Harriet Earis Trio – “From The Crooked Tree”.

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I shared two pieces from this very interesting, experimental music band featuring harpist Harriet Earis last year, namely “Cadair Idris” and “Kitchen Devils” from their album From The Crooked Tree. I thought that today, I’d share the title track from this album. For me, their music is definitely that kind of thing that grows on you the more you listen to it. When I first came across their music I was interested but not overly impressed, but as I keep listening to it, I like it more and more.

Song of the day (15th November) – The Harriet Earis Trio (Kitchen Devils).

Just a couple days ago, I shared with you guys a very interesting piece by this group called Cadair Idris. Later I thought that actually, this whole project is so quirky (and obviously I’m all for quirky on here) and there’s so much to like about their music that I’d like to share something else from them, especially that I’ve been sharing a lot of harp music lately and catching up on that I hadn’t done that a lot in the previous years of this bllog. So the piece I chose now is called Kitchen Devils. It is much more experimental than jazzy, and I really do like experimental music. It’s so fun and quirky and there’s no boundaries. Here, you really see it. Well, I do. I’ve never heard something similar I guess. It’s such a genuine blend of folk and electronica, it tastes really good to my synaesthetic, auditory-gustatory brain. More exactly it tastes a bit minty and lemony (or maybe limey?) at the same time. The dance beat made me think how cool it would be if harp was used in some kinds of club music. Instead of vocals or keyboards? It wouldn’t need to be folksy at all. I’ll have to look around if someone has ever come up with such an idea and did it. 😀 Or maybe the final result wouldn’t be cool at all and very different to what I imagine, and instead it would turn out to be a total harp profanity. For now, let’s enjoy this quirky piece. 🙂

Song of the day (10th November) – The Harriet Earis Trio – “Cadair Idris” (Idris’ Chair).

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This is a very new group for me, which I first heard on Blas Folk Radio Cymru and thought their music was very interesting. The Harriet Earis Trio, consisting of Harriet Earis on Celtic harp, Andy “Val” Coughlan on double bass and Sam Christie on drums makes a sort of jazz-folk fusion. Harriet Earis is a young harpist from England who currently lives in Aberystwyth and has studied Irish, Scottish and Welsh harp, so in her music she draws from the Celtic harp tradition of all of these countries, but also goes beyond the tradition. I am generally not a jazz person, although you may know that thanks to my faza on Cornelis Vreeswijk I’ve become more flexible in this regard and I do like some jazz now, thanks to Cornelis), but still this is far from being my favourite genre and even jazz with a very prominent harp doesn’t always convince me, for example I don’t really feel harpist Dorothy Ashby’s music. But I like what this trio is making, I really do! I like how spontaneous and unconventional it all is and the whole idea of Celtic jazz has a little bit of a quirky feel which I love.

This particular piece is called Cadair Idris which is the name of a mountain in Wales. It is located in Snowdonia National Park in northern Wales, on the territory of former county Meirionydd/Merionethshire which is part of Gwynedd these days, near the town of Dolgellau. It is a popular place with hikers. Its name means Idris’ Chair and refers to Idris Gawr (Idris the Giant) a medieval prince of Meirionydd, who won a battle with the Irish on this mountain.