The Sayward Valley Folk Music Society will have Alison Vardy gracing their stage for an evening of Celtic harp and hammered dulcimer at the Heritage Hall in Sayward on July 8.

An evening of Celtic harp and hammered dulcimer in Sayward this Sunday

Alison Vardy’s love for multicultural music and rhythm, are reflected in her compositions, arrangements, recordings and carefully crafted performances.

The Sayward Valley Folk Music Society will present the Canadian folk artist in concert at the Heritage Hall in Sayward on July 8.

Vardy began playing the harp over three decades ago while living in the small agricultural town of Gore, New Zealand. Over the years, the harp became her alter-ego.

In addition to performing at numerous venues, with various groups, in New Zealand, Alison traveled to Australia and performed at the Australian Harp Festival. During this time she studied with renowned harpists Andy Rigby and Alfredo Rolando Ortiz.

After winning the Creative New Zealand Award in 1996, Vardy attended the International Folk Harp Conference in Olympia, Washington and soon immigrated Canada.

She counts herself lucky to have also received extensive training on the piano, hammered dulcimer, accordion, and Irish bagpipes.

In 2015 Vardy moved to Cedar, B.C. where she is the owner of West Coast Harps – specializing in high quality, professionally luthiered harps, hammered dulcimers and bowed psalteries.

The Sayward Valley Folk Music Society will have Vardy gracing their stage for an evening of Celtic harp and hammered dulcimer on July 8. This performance is part of their monthly concert series at the Sayward Heritage Hall, 1257 Sayward Road.

The doors open at 5:30. There is an open mic at 6. The concert starts at 7. Admission is $10. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult.

Just Posted

B.C. Legions in need of young members to continue aiding veterans into the future

Lest we forget what thousands of men and women did to fight for Canada’s freedoms – but without new membership, many Legion chapters face dwindling numbers

Port Hardy Fire Rescue’s third quarterly report of 2018

PHFR had 13 practice nights and 11 other training events this quarter.

Port McNeill mayor and council sworn in to office

Port McNeill’s new mayor and council were officially sworn in to office… Continue reading

Vancouver Island brewery re-brands again after cryptic new logo failed

Victoria-based brewers said goodbye to confusing hexagon logo

VIDEO: Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee dies

Marvel co-creator was well-known for making cameo appearances in superhero movies

Vancouver Island remembers

Important stories shared as Islanders salute those who made the greatest sacrifice

Feds dropped ball with WWI anniversary tributes: historians

Wrote one historian: ‘Other than the Vimy Ridge celebration … I think they have done a very bad job’

Sides ‘far apart’ in Canada Post talks despite mediation, says union

The lack of a breakthrough means rotating strikes will resume Tuesday

Feds’ appeal of solitary confinement decision in B.C. to be heard

Judge ruled in January that indefinite such confinement is unconstitutional, causes permanent harm

B.C. health care payroll tax approved, takes effect Jan. 1

Employers calculating cost, including property taxes increases

Nunavut urges new plan to deal with too many polar bears

Territory recommends a proposal that contradicts much of conventional scientific thinking

Shelter struggles: Landlord takes over rental unit whenever visiting B.C. town

Renter’s story highlights how hard it is to find accommodation in Revelstoke

Lack of public response threatens B.C. referendum credibility

Of the few who have voted, poll finds most rejected proportional representation

Most Read