Sat. Jan. 15, 2010 I’ll perform at the newly renovated “McPherson Opera House” a little gem of a theater in McPherson Kansas. You can read the full article below at the Salina Journal, where you can email to friends and post comments (Yes! Please do!).  Or my own show page for tickets and other fun information.

By GARY DEMUTH  Salina Journal  1/7/2011

McPHERSON, KS — What do you get when you cross a harp and electric guitar? You might get a carbon-fiber DHC Blue-Light, an 11 pound, blue, triangular, electric harp with 32 colored strings that straps to the waist of musician Deborah Henson-Conant, enabling her to strut across the stage like a guitar hero.

The harp was made for Henson-Conant to her specifications by a harp company in France, which subsequently named the instrument after her.

“I told them to think of a marriage between a harp and a guitar, and the result was the child I wanted,” she said. “They made it, and suddenly it sparked people’s interests and became a big commercial success in the harp world.”

Henson-Conant is no ordinary harp player. For the past 15 years, she has combined original songs, personal stories and dynamic harp instrumentals in solo concerts and with symphony orchestras in the U.S. and Europe. Her powerful singing voice has been compared to Carly Simon, Carole King and Joan Baez, and her harp playing, which ranges in mood from ethereal to electric, has drawn comparisons to Chuck Berry and Jimi Hendrix.

Henson-Conant has been nominated for a Grammy award for the music CD from her PBS concert special, “Invention and Alchemy,” a collaboration with the Grand Rapids Symphony in Grand Rapids, Mich. She also has performed with Bobby McFerrin, Doc Severinsen, Marvin Hamlisch and … read the rest at Salina Journal

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