So, back to stage one restrictions meant first of all, cancellation of plans to share the stage (safely of course!) with my dear friends and colleagues. We’d been rehearsing a great programme and so, like many times already in the past year, the disappointment was huge, especially as we’d all begun to see light at the end of the tunnel.
Next, it meant finding a way to share the launch my next tour – due to begin in a week – with all of you. The result is going to be a pre-recorded livestream of some beautiful harp solos, a few surprises and stories and of course, the big reveal of the new van, Mary. She is presently being outfitted – curtains are mostly done, storage spaces being organized to optimal use, new folding bike solidly held in place in the “garage” and a comfy mattress ready for us to be on the road and living in “tiny” style. There’s still A TON to do before the planned departure on April 20th, including several interviews. It’s all pretty exciting and a bit overwhelming. The live streamed online Tour Launch event will be broadcast on April 25th (not the 18th as originally planned) and available until May 2nd. Please click here for complete information and your access link.
Here’s a peek of my first time playing from inside “Mary”. What an exciting moment! I’m thrilled that it happened at Cam Clark Ford Airdrie, the generous sponsor of the new van. I’m so grateful to them and to all of the sponsors and donors who have helped bring Harp to Heart to life!
So excited! My new van Mary has arrived and we are getting close to departure. There is so much still to do but I wanted to send a shout out to everyone who has supported and encouraged me over the past months. My folding bike is already safely stored in the “garage” and I’ll soon have a mattress too! Today, I’ll take a short drive up to Cam Clark Ford Airdrie to say a special thank-you and let them hear what hopefully many others will be able to enjoy in the coming months – always in a covid-safe way!
Once again the pandemic has thrown a huge curveball – not particularly unexpected but still so frustrating and discouraging. Although the planned Harp to Heart launch concert cannot now be presented as planned with so many wonderful colleagues making music together, there will still be a livestream on April 18th and I really hope to see you there. Please go to the Polaris centre link for more information and to buy your online access ticket. More than ever, we need to support each other in whatever ways we can and I’m determined to carry through on my commitment to share the comfort and transformational power of my instrument and live music as well as I can.