A talented and well-respected performer of Harp Music, Jay Michaels plays Clairseach (the Traditional Gaelic Wire-Strung Harp), Renaissance Gothic Harp and the Celtic Folk Harp. He also plays Classical Guitar.
Jay specializes in Music from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras, as well as Celtic Airs and Ballads, and has arranged modern compositions for the Harp by artists including The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Sting.
Jay's Harp playing has enhanced several Television programs including NBC's "Parenthood" and "Parks & Recreation", Fox's "Lie To Me", the HBO series "Hung" and the WIGS web-series "Paloma".
Jay was amazing and so easy to work with. Recommend 100x over
Jay's performance was top notch. The music fit so seamlessly into my mom's memorial service. Jay very kindly asked if it would be ok for his wife (who plays Celtic flute & recorder) to accompany him on "Country Roads". It was so lovely and perfect. The music made the service and I'm thankful I chose him to play the harp for us.
Jay was very kind and respectful and made everything easy for me, for which I am extremely grateful. He met with the minister before the service and together they made a beautiful memorable tribute to my mom. I also appreciate how promptly he got back to me with a quote! It gave me one less thing to worry about. Even paying him was easy, as he accepts credit cards.
Price Range: $250-$500
When you hire Jay Michaels Harp you can expect a professional Musician with high quality instruments.
Jay Michaels performs on 3 different Harps:
Celtic Folk Harp - Similar in sound to the Orchestral Concert Harp, but smaller and easier to transport. Suitable for Classical, Celtic and Early Music.
Clairseach - This is the traditional Celtic Harp. It is strung with wire and produces a beautiful bell-like sound. Often called the "Medieval Irish Harp", this instrument is perfect for Traditional Celtic Music.
Gothic Harp - This instrument is a reproduction of the Harps used in 15th & 16th centuries in Europe. Strung with wire, this Harp produces a rich sound suitable for Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Music
Jay Michaels has been playing the Harp for a living for the past decade. He majored in Music and received a degree from Anna Maria College.
Jay specializes in:
Early Music - Instrumental music from Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Europe (13th century - 18th century).
Celtic Music - Traditional and popular music from Ireland & Scotland from the 1500's to the present including the music of Ireland's most famous Harper Turlough O'Carolan.
Jay Michaels has arranged more contemporary music for the Harp by artists such as Sting, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Led Zeppelin.
Jay Michaels can provide several options:
-Music for Weddings (as guests arrive, ceremony & cocktail hour)
-Background Music for cocktail hours and other events
-Early Music Concerts
-Educational Early Music Programs for Libraries and Schools
-Celtic Music Concerts
-Educational Celtic Music Programs for Libraries and Schools
His fluid style and passionate playing have earned him praise from both audiences and fellow musicians alike.
Jay's most recent CD is a collection of Instrumental Renaissance and Baroque Music pieces entitled TO THINE OWN HARP BE TRUE.
In 2011 he released the acclaimed New Age Harp album OPENING THE HARP CHAKRA.
Jay Michaels is a member of BMI, Early Music America and The Historical Harp Society.
Jay Michaels lives on the South Coast of Massachusetts and travels throughout the North East and beyond.
Past Booked Events
|July 07, 2018 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|October 20, 2017 • 4:30pm - 5:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 05, 2017 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|October 22, 2015||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|Jay Michaels||Harp player|
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