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St. John's to host 'the Adirondack Harper'

March 5, 2013 - Mohawk Currents

JOHNSTOWN — Performer and musician Martha Gallagher will perform at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10, as part of the church’s  celebration of its 250th anniversary.

The performance by Gallagher, known as “the Adirondack Harper,” will include songs, storytelling, poetry and “in-the-moment inspirations,” according to a news release. Her original songs have blues, Latin, classical, jazz and folk influences. 

“I have a very diverse musical background,” Gallagher said in the release. “And I love to bring it all together with the harp. ... The harp is a bold and beautiful instrument, but is too often stereotyped as being snoozy or elitist. That’s just not true; it’s an incredibly diverse instrument that can go from sounding angelic, sweet and delicate one moment to being bold, gorgeous, jazzy, bluesy the next.”

In her 30-year career, Gallagher has played on several national solo tours, including several sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, and performed with Grammy winners The Chieftains. She also has been a featured visiting artist at the  Berklee College of Music and has appeared on radio and TV.

She has produced and recorded six CDs of primarily original music on her independent label, Singing Strings.

Her most recent recording, “The Water is Wide,” was released as a flood-relief benefit project, raising more than $14,000 for ongoing recovery efforts in the Adirondacks after Tropical Storm Irene.

 The performance will be suitable for all ages, and the diversity of styles and subject matter will appeal to a wide variety of listeners, according to the news release.

The performance will begin at 4 p.m. at the church, 1 N. Market St. For more details about the artist, visit


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