"It is always exciting when two excellent harpers combine forces to play as a duo. The very essence of harp music is the ringing of strings, and the natural harmonics that develop through the vibrations. If done properly, this can be enhanced greatly by the use of harps with distinctive voices. Deborah Friou and Julia Lane (of Castlebay) have accomplished this beautifully with their new collection of winter holiday traditional music from the British Isles."

- Jo Morrison

Julia Lane & Deborah Friou
Deborah Friou
and
Julia Lane

Julia Lane and Deborah Friou met for tea one afternoon in 1998. Soon they were sharing harp tunes and for several years performed a summer concert and yuletide concerts at various locations in Maine. They were also featured performers at the Somerset Folk Harp Festival in 2002. Julia and Deborah collaborated on a recording and book of Yuletide harp duets titled Yuletide Treasure, where they join talents for the unique sound of two harps together.


Julia Lane at Cairn Holy, 2005
Julia Lane

Julia Lane decided in favour of music and singing after studying early childhood development. She studied classical and flamenco guitar at Phillips Exeter academy and used the guitar to accompany her singing until 1989 when she discovered the Celtic harp. Self-taught, she rapidly became a skilled and exciting player, winning the Senior Professional division at the New Hampshire Scottish Games Harp Competition in 1990 and 1991 and the International Folk Harp Competition at Stonehill College in 1992. She is in demand as a teacher of performance workshops for the harp throughout the east coast of the US.



Deborah Friou
Deborah Friou

Deborah Friou has devoted twenty-five years to the revival of the Celtic harp. She has expressed her love of the musical spirit of a previous age through performance, six books of harp arrangements, and two solo recordings of Renaissance and Celtic music. Her publications are known and sold worldwide. Deborah has performed and taught workshops at harp and traditional music festivals throughout the US and in Scotland. She now performs on both nylon-strung and wire-strung harps and teaches in Brunswick, Maine.

 


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