The 12 Blogposts of Christmas

The 12 Blogposts of Christmas

The Holidays are upon us! I wish I could be with you around the table, or the fire, or the candles or the tree. But since I can’t, below are ways we CAN be together: my holiday collection of blogposts and some special offers for Harp players… Each year I...
DHC! LIVE on Stage at TCAN in Natick, MA

DHC! LIVE on Stage at TCAN in Natick, MA

Deborah Henson-Conant Sat. Feb. 1, 2020 ~ 8pm The Center for Arts in Natick, MA (TCAN) A stunning, intimate SOLO SHOW with Electric Harp, Voice, Stories & Humor ~ with special guest, cabaret artist, Ute Gfrerer “Dazzling harp playing, gorgeous jazz/pop singing,...
Artist Studio Salon

Artist Studio Salon

In late 2019, I stepped onto a new kind of ‘stage’ that’s far more intimate, interactive, experiential – and exclusive than any public concert you will ever have attended.  I was playing for a private audience of invited guests at a a very new...
Best Ever Birthday Gift ~ A List of Possibilities

Best Ever Birthday Gift ~ A List of Possibilities

It’s true I’m probably a control freak when it comes to my birthday (or possibly, everything). It’s true I get nervous every time someone gives me a gift. It’s true I worry – a lot – about where to put the gifts people give me. I’m working on all that....
Will the REAL YOU please stand up?

Will the REAL YOU please stand up?

Who are you known as? Who are you REALLY? Why am I asking?? I’m asking because I realized I actually hide the me I most feel I am. I think most people know me as a ‘harp player.’ And it’s true. I am. But it’s not what’s important to...
The Birthday Rose

The Birthday Rose

There’s a tradition where I come from that’s called the “Birthday Rose” and it goes like this: On your birthday, someone gives you a rose and your job is to head out for a long walk and take this rose with you.  It’s generally better if...
Why you Need to Know How to Play ‘Happy Birthday’

Why you Need to Know How to Play ‘Happy Birthday’

Edith, my grandmother, was a purely functional musician.  She could beat out the rhythm and the chords for a hymn or a folk song, and she did it, loud and strong at Eastern Star meetings and Cancer Dressing events. “People have to sing,” she said, “And somebody has to...
So there I am at my first restaurant gig …. (or … the moment Hip Harp Toolkit was born)

So there I am at my first restaurant gig …. (or … the moment Hip Harp Toolkit was born)

So there I am – I’m at my first big harp gig in a fancy hotel. I’m subbing for the regular harpist. I’m in my early 20’s – I’ve only been playing about a year and a half. I literally only know four pieces – and the gig is 4 hours long.  So I play...
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