Celtic Harpist Maeve Gilchrist at Chapel Restoration

“A phenomenal harp player who can make her instrument ring with unparalleled purity,” Maeve Gilchrist, Celtic harp, will perform at The Chapel Restoration on Sunday, August 14, at 4:00. Her program includes selections from her latest recording, The Harpweaver, inspired by Edna Vincent Millay’s classic poem, The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver. The concert is free and open to all. Donations are suggested and deeply appreciated, Proof of vaccinations and masks required.

A member of the Grammy award winning Silkroad Ensemble, founded by Yo-Yo Ma, Maeve has appeared at such major events as Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Tanglewood Jazz Festival and the World Harp Congress in Amsterdam. She tours internationally as a soloist and collaborates with the progressive folk quartet, DuoDuo, and with bassist Viktor Krauss, with electronics based recordings. As a composer she straddles the world of folk and classical including a concerto for Celtic harp and symphony orchestra, written with North Carolina-based Luke Benton, composer and orchestrator, as well as other works for harp and string quartets.

Co-artistic director of the Rockport Celtic Roots and Branches Festival and co-music director of WGBH’s Christmas Celtic Sojourn, Maeve is a visiting artist at Berklee College of Music, Boston, her alma mater, where she had been an instructor. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, she is currently based in the Hudson Valley.

The Chapel Restoration is located at 45 Market Street, directly across from the Metro-North Train Station, where parking is free on Sundays. This concert is made possible, in part, through a grant from Putnam Arts Council’s Arts Link Grant Program with public funds from NYS Council on the Arts with support from the Governor’s Office and the NYS Legislature and Putnam County and with contributions from the public.