LOGISITICS FOR YOUR HARP MUSIC ON THE ROWAN PATHWAY

  • Stretchy Time - I won't be watching the clock too closely!
  • If the weather is good then I can play outside.
  • Add on 30 mins to bring it up to 2 hours for just £25.
  • Check to see if your venue is on my list of venues within that 45min drive-time boundary.
  • I am more than happy to travel with my harp further than the 45mins drive time to get to your wedding, and I frequently do. Just let me know where your venue is and I will let you know what the travel costs would be.
  • Travel is charged at 45pm per mile for the full amount of mileage, outward and return journeys.
  • If you have more than 80 guests, I will need to bring along my amplifier or PA so that I can be absolutely sure that all your guests will hear me and my harp.
  • This costs £40 for the extra set-up and transport of equipment.

CHOOSING YOUR HARP MUSIC ON THE ROWAN PATHWAY

  • My playlist is huuuuuuuge! And it grows every year with songs being added by couples such as you. Hope on over to The Harpinator to hear some of this playlist and view a full list.
  • I have an online form for you to select your choices fro my playlist.

After looking through the list you might not be able to find your special song. Well, no worries, as I can see if I can learn it for you. Hopefully you can see from the playlist that no request is too crazy seeming. Don't think "Harp Music", think "Music on the Harp" - what would your favourite song sound like on my harp? That's the magic!

Extra songs are charged at £10 per song.

  • Instrumental music is the standard option for the Drinks Reception.
  • It is possible for me to sing during the Drinks Reception, but I will need to bring amplification to ensure that I can be heard easily by all your guests. This involves an extra set-up and transport cost of £40.

THE ROWAN PATHWAY

DRINKS RECEPTION MUSIC INCLUDES

    • Background instrumental harp music as you and your guests mingle over bubbly and canapés after the ceremony.
      (As mentioned above, if I bring my PA then I can offer vocal music for this slot.)
    • You choose the Music.
      I have an online form that you can fill in if you wish, or you can leave it me to create a varied playlist for you and your guests
    • Have a go on the harp.
      (If you have children present at your big day then often they are drawn like a magnet to the harp. Towards the end of the Drinks Reception, I might invite them to have a go and this also allows a photo opportunity.  I leave it to the end as especially young children will think they can come up and play it anytime even if I'm playing! You can have a go too of course.)
    • Up to the Banquet
      (I will keep playing until the venue starts to usher your guests through to the Banquet space.)
    • Obligatory Harp Selfie
      (Before you go through to the Wedding Banquet, it would be lovely if you could come over and we can have a photo together, you two and my harp & I.)

Rowan

The Lady Of The Mountains, or The Fairy Tree

Gaelic (Celtic Ogham): Luis (pron. loosh) / Latin: Sorbus Aucuparia

This symbol is from the Druidic Tree Alphabet dating from 300CE known as, Ogham (pron. Oh-um).This is a simple system of lines carved into mainly wood but also stone (which is how it survives).

Rowan Lore

The Rowan tree was one of the Druid's sacred trees, symbolic of the hidden mysteries of nature.

She is sometimes called the Tree Of Bards due to her ability to bring inspiration. It is suggested that she is a good focus for planning and accomplishment, for the achievement of dreams and designs.

Principally she is known as a tree of protection from fairy mischief, as well other negative influences. Rowan can be found growing close to churchyards and houses to ward off evil presences, and tradition holds Rowan as a powerful protection from witchcraft.

'Rowan twigs and strings of red, Deflect all harm, gossip, and dread.'

Rowan Magic 

  • Place Rowan berries in the center of a small square of white or purple cloth. Tie it into a bundle with white or purple ribbon, and hang in your kitchen during flu season or the entire winter.
  • Carry Rowan berries in your pocket to where water meets the land to find poetic inspiration.
  • "Woe to those with no rowan tree near." A rowan tree in the garden is said to provide the home and family with fairy blessings and protection.
  • Take an offering, wine or a biscuit, and find a Rowan. Make your offering, saying: "Graceful Rowan, if it pleases you, let me find some of your wood, that I might protect my home and all who live within it. I give this offering freely as I give my love to the land. Blessed Be." Search carefully and take one fallen piece for each of the doors which lead into your home. Thank the tree. Tie red thread around each piece of wood and hang them over the doors to protect against those bringing negativity.
  • You can also bind the rowan twigs together with red thread into a cross or pentagram to make a protective talisman for your home, car, or desk. But be warned! Margaret Barclay was condemned as a witch in Scotland in 1618 for possessing Rowan wood tied with red thread!

Other Associations

  • Planetary body: Sun & Mercury
  • Element: Fire
  • Seasonal Festival: Imbolc (Candlemas)
  • Celtic Celebrity: Brighid
  • Stone: Tourmaline
  • Fauna & Flora: Duck, Serpent & Dragon