Sarah Deere-Jones & Phil Williams

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Concert, workshops, and CDs

Acoustic Concerts:-

Haunting songs and dazzling instrumentals from across Celtic Britain and England played on Celtic Harp, Wire-strung harp, cittern, concertinas and Northumbrian pipes. Including Sarah's highly acclaimed original compositions inspired by the landscape of Britain, all served up with a generous helping of dry humour!

'Remarkable music' - Natalie Wheen, Classic FM (Soirbheas CD named Classic FM CD of the year 2006)

'Beautifully arranged and played exquisitely .. Thought-provoking, reflective and altogether delightful' - Tim Laycock

"Captivating from start to finish" - Western Gazette

"A wonderful hour of playing and singing" Ledbury Poetry Festival

'A totally refreshing musical experience" Whats afoot magazine

CD 'Timing Her':-

Timing Her was their fourth album and featured Steve Potter on fiddle, it is based on Sarah's folk song settings of some of the poems by Thomas Hardy, as well as lively dance tunes from the South West. Although Thomas Hardys' poems have been set before in the classical genre, Sarah has chosen to do so in a 'folk' style with a slightly contemporary feel. Hardy himself was, after all a folk musician, and wrote lovingly about the country dances and folk bands he for in his youth, in his novels and poems. Sarah's settings have been written for harp, concertinas, and even Northumbrian smallpipes, all traditional instruments which were around in Hardy's time, indeed the character Angel Clare from 'Tess' was said to have been a harpist. The settings acquired official approval when they were described by the Thomas Hardy Society chairman as 'Hauntingly beautiful' after they were performed at the Hardy Conference.

'A particularly beautiful album...a very high standard of musicianship with a real sense of place and setting" - Phil Beer

"Lovely stuff......peaceful, soothing and quite beautiful" -Penguin Eggs (canada)

'Gorgeous music' - BBC Radio Shropshire

"Hauntingly beautiful" Thomas Hardy Society.


The following sound samples are taken from the CD 'Timing Her'

The Gray Mare (D-J), Harp & Cittern, (218k)

The End of the Episode, Harp & Voice, (139k)

Lingmell Reel (D-J), Harp & Concertina, (146k)

Cuckoos nest (trad), Harp & Smallpipes, (186k)

As the tide was flowing (trad), Harp & voice, (220k)

Soirbheas CD

In 2006 Sarah & Phil released another album - Soirbheas (pronounced 'surra-vis' it is the gaelic word for 'Fairwind') - a unique CD mixing the mystical sound of Aeolian or wind-blown harp, with Celtic harp improvisations and traditional pieces from across Celtic Britain. A magical series of sound poems, it also features a unique track for harp and wind turbine called 'Whispers'. For more details on this and all other CDs, and on courses and sheet music for harp produced by Sarah, see

'Remarkable music' - Natalie Wheen, Classic FM (Soirbheas CD named Classic FM CD of the year 2006)

"An inventive, intuitive player....there is a timeless, spiritual beauty embedded in each of the five themes" Musician Magazine

'Absolutely magnificent' - John Shaw BBC Radio Trent

'Quite beautiful' - Frank Hennesey BBC Radio Wales

'Sarah has a truly beautiful voice and the playing is top notch' - Platterpus

The following sound samples are taken from the CD 'Soirbheas'

Sample of 'Whispers' Harp and Wind Turbine

Sample of St Govans Bell

Sample of Aeolian & Celtic Harp



Sarah Deere-Jones is a graduate and prize winner in harp from the Royal Academy of Music in London, but while pursuing a classical career, she always maintained her love and interest in traditional folk and medieval music and in 1994 produced her first recording of Dorset folk songs and own compositions 'Scenes and Dreams' which was highly successful and was featured in 'Dorset Life' magazine as well as various radio programes including BBC Radio 2's 'Folk on Two' and capitol radio's 'Richard Digence show', BBC radio Solent, & Radio Trent. Two medieval albums followed 'Amoroso' and 'Lammas' featuring other instruments but based on harp. She appeared at folk clubs and festivals right across England as well as for music festivals, theatres and arts centres, TV and Radio. Sarah's playing is respected across the country and she runs the Cornwall Harp Centre, providing tuition and residential courses for pupils from across the world. Phil Williams has been playing concertina and guitar, as well as Morris dancing for 30 years, and in the last 8 has become obsessed by bagpipes of all kinds! Playing medieval bagpipes on 'Amoroso' and 'Lammas' medieval CDs, he then focussed on smallpipes of the Northumbrian and Scottish variety, and cittern, joining Sarah on the CDs 'Timing Her' and 'Soirbheas'.

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Hands on Harps!

A unique opportunity for raw beginners to try playing a harp as up to 14 harps can be provided. Adults and chidlren over 10 years of age, are taught the basic finger technique required to play a simple ensemble piece together. Workshops can be half hour (minimum) to one hour in duration. For festivals, workshops can be built in with a concert and included in the fee.

Britains Other Bagpipes or

NOT the Highland Bagpipes!

In this humorous, informal presentation, which may be tailored from 30 minutes to an hour, Phil recounts the history of the Bagpipe in England and plays some of the tunes from the Medieval to the modern pipe repertoire. Illustrated with slides, it is all bound together with amusing anecdotes and quotations about the instrument, not all of which are entirely complimentary!

Did you know, for example, Henry VIII had 6 sets, Bagpipes were taken on Pilgrimages and even played at executions? Find out what happened to the bagpiper forced up a tree by wolves!

Features 8 different types of Bagpipe, none Scottish, and all sweet-sounding!

The English Greatpipes &

All sorts of other pipes




Past Concerts

Feb 27th Dorchester Arts Centre , March 4th The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington ,July 2nd Beaminster Music Festival July 13th Bude Music Festival August 7th Thomas Hardy Society Conference November 12th Milborne St Andrew, Dorset. November 28th St Austell Arts Centre, Cornwall. December 3rd, Nether Compton, Dorset. January 14th Falmouth Arts Centre Cornwall 7.30 January 29th Chetnole Village Hall 7.30 February 4th, Warehouse Theatre, Ilminster, Somerset.Salisbury Arts Centre Sept 9th 7.30 Bridgwater Arts Centre Oct 14th Clifford Mesne Vill Hall (Glos) Oct 15th 7.30 Swindon Arts Centre Oct 28 Brockweir Vill Hall (Glos) Jan 21st Pitchcombe Vill Hall (Glos) Mar 11th Ampney Crucis Vill Hall (Nr Cirencester) Apr 1st 7.30. West Mill festival July 14th. Ledbury Poetry Festival

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