Virginia Pfeiffer looks through the line of harps at the workshop held by renowned harpist John Dalton at the weekend.
Virginia Pfeiffer looks through the line of harps at the workshop held by renowned harpist John Dalton at the weekend.

Harpists manage to keep in tune



There was no fear of hitting the wrong note as 13 harpists gathered in Grafton at the weekend for a workshop with English harpist John Dalton.

Copmanhurst woodworker and harpist Geoffrey Welham said the group enjoyed a lively workshop with many playing harps made at his Upson Downs home.

"All notes are in tune so even if everyone played the wrong notes, at least they were in tune," he said.

Mr Dalton was asked to feature at the one-off workshop during a recent visit to the Gold Coast to see relatives.

Mr Welham said Mr Dalton, who has played the harp for 15 years, had 'quite a following in England' and had released two well-received albums.

He said Mr Dalton was an extrovert whose enthusiasm for the harp could be quite inspirational.

"He is also crazy about jazz and blues," Mr Welham said.

"He shows his knowledge and the fun he gets from playing the harp with the audience."

Mr Welham, the only harp maker in the Clarence Valley, has been making harps since 1997 and has been playing seriously for three to four years.

He said he had been working with wood all his life, a talent inherited from his father who worked as a wood turner.

Mr Welham said he made all sizes of harps, from the love harp to the 36-string, which took three weeks to build.

The day-long workshop was hosted in a Mary Street home and proved popular with all who took part.



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