New England Irish Harp Orchestra
Upcoming Events
March 10 2013
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
NewCastle Congregational Church Sunday Service
65,Main St, New Castle,NH,03854 (603) 431-8672

March 14 2013
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Community Music Center of Boston St.Patricks concert with Reaganta
34 Warren St. Boston, MA 617 482 7494

March 16 2013
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Pleasant View St. Patrick's concert with Reaganta
227 Pleasant St. Concord, NH 603 225 3970

March 16 2013
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Exeter Congregational Church Coffee House St.Patricks concert with Reaganta
21 Front St Exeter, NH call for tickets 603 772 4216

March 17 2013
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Portsmouth Public Library St. Patricks concert with Reaganta
175 Parrott Ave Portsmouth, NH 603 766 1710

March 24 2013
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Nashua Public Library St. Patricks concert with guests and Shanachie playing beforehand.
2 Court St. Nashua, NH 603 589 4610

Past Events
December 1, 2012
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Evergreen Fair at the MUB UNH Durham, NH
The Orchestra will be entertaining all the holiday shoppers

December 1, 2012
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Button Factory open Studios 155 Islington St Portsmouth, NH
Regina and Claudia will be entertaining all the holiday shoppers

December 1, 2012
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Nottingham Community Church 2nd Holiday Concert
The Orchestra and Reaganta will be getting in the holiday spirit 106 Church St. Nottingham, NH

December 8, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The Concord NH Public Library annual holiday concert with Reaganta
45 Green St. Concord, NH

December 8, 2012
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Old White Church holiday concert with Reaganta
Rt. 109a Center Tuftonboro, NH

December 15, 2012
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Canterbury Shaker Village holiday concert with the Ensemble and Reaganta
288 Shaker Rd Canterbury, NH 603 783 9511

June 16, 2012
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Somersworth Childrens Festival
Downtown Somersworth New Hampshire
The Ensemble will be playing with Reaganta on the world music stage

June 28, 2012
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Arts Culture and Law Day
UNH School of Law 2 White St Concord, New Hampshire
Some of the Ensemble members will be playing for the reception.

July 29, 2012
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Our Celtic Heritage The Concord Community Music School 23 Wall St. Concord, NH 603 228 1196
Sponsored by the NH State Council on the Arts, the Ensemble will be playing along with other fabulous musicians.

August 12, 2012
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Music on the Ridge at the First Freewill Baptist Church Ridge Rd, New Durham, NH
A benefit concert to raise funds for the Zechariah Booday House

August 16, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Mill Brook Gallery 236 Hopkinton Rd, Concord, NH 603 226 2046
The Ensemble will be playing in this lovely sculpture garden. Bring picnic chairs and picnic, rain or shine

September 28 and 29, 2012
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Danbury CT. Irish Festival
The Ensemble will be playing in the Traditional Arts Tent on Friday evening and during the day Saturday

March 17, 2012
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Exeter Congregational Church
21 Front St Exeter, NH 603.772.4216
St.Pat's show with Reaganta and Irish dancers. Reservations recommended, please call 603.772.4216. Refreshments will be available.

March 17, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Pleasant View Community
227 Pleasant St. Concord, NH 603.225.3970
St.Pat's show with guests Reaganta. This is a free concert

March 11, 2012
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
New Castle Congregational Church
65 Main St. New Castle, NH
Music for the Sunday Service

March 10, 2012
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave Somverville, MA 617.718.2191
St.Pat's show with guests Eamon Coyne, Claudia Altemus and champion Irish step dancing. Reservations recommended, please call 603.502.7698. Tickets $10; $5 for students. Refreshments will be available

December 10, 2011
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Nottingham Community Church
106 Church Street, Nottingham, NH
Concert Performance with Réagánta

November 21 (Sunday)
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Greenland Central School
70 Post Road (Route 151), Greenland, NH 03840
Greenland Women's Club Craft Fair and Pie Festival

December 02 (Thursday)
6:00 PM
The Folsom Tavern
164 Water Street, Exeter, NH 03833

December 04 (Saturday)
December 05 (Sunday)
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Button Factory
855 Islington Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Button Factory Open Studios/1st Floor, Woodworking Shop

December 04 (Saturday)
8:00 PM
The Old White Church/Tuftonboro General Store
150 Middle Road, Center Tuftonboro, NH 03816


December 11 (Saturday)
11:00 AM
Concord Free Public Library
129 Main Street, Concord, MA 01742

December 11 (Saturday)
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Strawbery Banke Museum
14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Candlelight Stroll/The Cider House

December 12 (Sunday)
9:45 AM
The New Castle Congregational Church
65 Main Street, New Castle, NH 03854

December 19 (Sunday)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
New Hampshire Public Radio
The Folk Show with Kate McNally
In Studio Performance
Visit for station listings
New England Irish Harp Orchestra recordings are available for purchase on iTunes and You may also send Regina an email and she will contact you with purchasing details.

[also available on iTunes]
Excerpts from The New England Irish Harp Orchestra Live at the Portsmouth Athenaeum

01. Brian Boru

03. Inis Oirr

04. Homeruler / Rights of Man

05. George Brabazon

07. Sonny's

08. Fanny Poer

[also available on iTunes]
Excerpts from The First Star: Christmas with the New England Irish Harp Orchestra

01. Ukrainian Bell Carol

03. I Saw Three Ships/Baltioghrum

07. Who Comes This Night

08. Snowfall

09. Oiche Nollaig

Welcome to the New England Irish Harp Orchestra website. We are many harps and harpers with a shared vision of playing great music and having fun doing it.

The High Holy days of St. Patrick are fast approaching and we have many concerts coming up. Please visit the Events page for all our listings. We have a few surprises for the concerts that will tickle your funny bone. We have formed an Ensemble within the Orchestra and the Ensemble is available for concerts, workshops, etc. Currently there are seven members and we are exploring interesting ways to make music with lever harps. I'll be over in Ireland for the end of February, harping and dancing up a storm. I'll try to take some pictures for the websiteÉ.honestly, I will! If you are interested in becoming a part of the Orchestra please email me!

Regina Delaney Regina is an Irish harper, singer, and dancer. She plays traditional Irish music on the harp and sings in Irish and English. Regina sings in the sean nos style (ornamented and unaccompanied) and also accompanies herself on the harp.

In the United States, Regina has studied Irish harping with Aine Minogue, and Maeve Gilchrist and in Ireland with Janet Harbison and the Belfast Harp Orchestra. Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann awarded Regina a scholarship to study the harp in Ireland as part of their Living Traditions Award. At her first appearance at the New Hampshire Highland Games, Regina placed first in the senior novice division. In 2003, Regina qualified for the All Ireland Fleadh (competition) in Harp and Vocals.

Regina performs hard and soft shoe step dancing, ceili and set dancing. She teaches ceili dancing in schools as part of her Artist in Residence work and calls the dances at local ceili dances. She has competed with the Rince Cois Fharraige Irish Dance Academy in Salem, Massachusetts, and has taught ceili, set and step at the Murray Irish Dance Academy in Stratham, NH. She currently teaches Irish dance for fun with the Exeter, NH Recreation Department.

In 1998, Regina released her first CD entitled Geis, collections of Irish ballads and tunes. 2001 brought the release of "Nollaig", a CD of Irish Christmas music, song, dance and story that Regina produced along with Claudia Altemus - her partner in the duo "Réagánta". Regina is prominently featured on a compilation 2003 CD produced by the New Hampshire Council on the Arts, titled "Songs of the Season". 2004 brought the release of her second solo CD titled "From These Hands". This CD is a collection of Traditional Irish harp tunes, songs and duos with Claudia Altemus, Rodney Miller, Eugene Durkee, Mike Serpa, Bill Thomas, and her sisters and daughter. Réagánta released their newest CD titled 'Cup o' Tea' in March 2009.

Regina founded and directs The New England Irish Harp Orchestra, which was founded in 2005. The Orchestra has released a CD titled "Live at the Portsmouth Athenaeum" and will be releasing a Christmas CD and DVD documentary in the fall of 2010.

Invited as a participant, Regina performed harping, singing and dancing at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival June 1999. At the festival, which draws over one million visitors, Regina also taught ceili dancing, gave a cooking demonstration about Irish soda bread and taught Irish crafts and dance at the children's tent. She repeated these performances at the Celebrate New Hampshire Culture Festival in Hopkinton NH in June 2000.

As an artist on the NH State Council on the Arts roster and the MaineArts Commission, Regina performs and teaches in schools throughout the state. In the classroom, she introduces students to Irish poetry, music, song, dance, history, and literature. From her home, Regina teaches the harp to students of all ages, along with teaching harp for the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann music school and Philips Exeter Academy. Regina is a member of the Hanafin-Cooley branch of the Comhaltas Coeltoiri Eireann.

Donna Cerny One of my dreams for many, many years had been to have the opportunity to make music with others. Anyone who's heard me sing would know that a chorus wouldn't do and that it would definitely have to be an instrument!

Despite a lack of Irish roots, I'd long been drawn to Irish music and to the harp, and what better combination could there be? I heard about Regina Delaney through a mutual friend and, before I'd even had my first lesson, Regina had extracted a promise from me to play in the harp orchestra (The fact that I had no idea how to play was a mere detail!)

My lessons began shortly after, nearly 4 years ago at the ripe old age of 60 something, and I first played with the group after 12 lessons. Regina's good humor and encouragement and the camaraderie of the orchestra have made lessons and rehearsals my dream come true!

Joan Buchan Fleming Wife, mother, retired school nurse. I followed a dream to play a harp in 2007 by taking lessons with Regina Delaney. I wished to learn more about my Scot-Irish ancestry through music. I play at our farm for family, friends, and animals, and love hearing the gentle, peaceful sounds in the house, across the hayfields, gardens, and forests. I am so proud to play with NEIHO. Thank you Regina and NEIHO members for your help and friendship, and thanks to my family for their encouragement.

Pat Ford I spent my childhood years singing in the church and Irish step dancing my way into the hearts of every Irish Catholic parent. By high school I traded my gillys (dancing shoes) for a folk guitar and thought myself as the next Joan Baez. Years later, my son thought I missed the step dancing and signed me up to perform with a group of dancers from Salem, MA. I met Regina during those years of step dancing and out went the shoes and I bought myself a harp in 2003. I've been studying with Regina since then and attending harp workshops with some of the most amazing musicians in the business. It's a pleasure to play with such dedicated musicians in NEIHO.

Raymond J. Mark Following his experiences as a pianist and bell tower Chimesmaster, Raymond has found that the harp, curiously, has proven to be his most portable instrument. Being part of NEIHO has given Raymond the opportunity to write and arrange pieces, and his other responsibilities with the Orchestra include putting the arrangements into digital notation, working on the NEIHO website, and keeping the Orchestra members from speeding up too much during rehearsals.

Having crossed "learn to play the harp" off his bucket list, he can now pay attention to some of the other items there, including "visit each continent", "produce a comic book", and "learn to dance the Argentine Tango".

George Varley My introduction to the Celtic Harp started with my oldest daughter, when she asked be to build her a harp. I knew nothing about building harps, but being a Marine and woodworker, I said "sure, why not". I found plans, and built her one. As I was tuning it, I became intrigued with the pleasant sounds and I decided to build one for myself. It turned out to be too small for me, so I built another one. I was becoming addicted to building harps... I've built five now!

I asked the local Classical harp teacher if she would be interested in taking on an 81 year old student. She looked away for a moment, and then turned back with a controlled smile and said, "well, why not". She then decided that I might like studying with Regina Delaney. That's when I got involved with The Orchestra... such a wonderful group, and I have been blessed to be a part of them.

Now, at 84 years, every time I sit behind my harp and with the Orchestra, I have to pinch myself into believing that I am really doing this! I blame all this on my daughter. Thank you Sandy. The old phrase is true... you are never too old to learn. Enjoy the music. George

Regina Delaney PO Box 343 Exeter, NH 03833

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