On June 6, 2016, autoharp student Garrett Sullivan and I journeyed to Rangely, Colorado some five hours west of Denver to engage in a recording session
Recently and in one week’s time, two autoharpists asked me how I choose tunes for a contest. (There must be some contest karma going on out there.) Here are some things I look for:
I look for a melody that
The 2015 Mountain Laurel Autoharp Championship took place on Friday evening, June 26, during the Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering (MLAG) outside Newport, Pennsylvania. A number of folks in the autoharp community asked about my journey from preparation through the contest and beyond. Desipte contracting
On Good Friday morning, I’d re-thought how to play a few measures in “Were You There?” (Where was that idea three weeks ago when I could have burned it into my brain more securely?) Smoothing a phrase also meant depressing a radically different
Lucille is in a class by herself when it comes to playing and teaching the dulcimer.
I have always believed in giving public credit to musicians whose talent and originality awe and inspire me, and one of the best is LUCILLE REILLY. She’s a master at both hammered dulcimer and autoharp. I love her magnificent technique, feeling for the music, and clever (often humorous) improvisations on well-known music.
I have absolute, open-mouthed (literally!) astonishment at the way Lucille took the simplest of jigs and turned it into a performance that was almost transcendent.
I hear Lucille’s heart in her music.
Lucille’s playing of the hammered dulcimer reminds me of a hummingbird whose wings you cannot see, only the flutter.
Exuberant and lively…GREAT energy!!!
Lucille’s love for music is communicated with every fiber of her being…her instruments seem to become part of her body.
Magnificent, both in terms of musicianship and showmanship. Lucille has a special talent to raise people’s spirits and get them moving and smiling. How lucky the audience!
Music drips from her fingers. Lucille Reilly is music.
I will never forget the first time I heard Lucille play. It is right up there with the most outstanding performances I’ve ever heard (Victor Horowitz, Leon Fleisher, and James Galway, to name a few).
A Denver musical icon…Holy mackerel!
Anyone with that much talent should have been drowned at birth.
The best thing to walk into our studio in a few years.
Each of the four times I have seen Lucille perform, she has consistently wowed the audience with her musicality, technical expertise, and lively and engaging personality, drawing the audience in and sharing with them her love of music, her enthusiasm for her instruments, and her joy of performance.
Her incredible music blew away the whole church! We never imagined the hammered dulcimer and autoharp could play so diversely and musically.
Lucille performs with a skill and grace not usually heard (or seen)…a committed performer/teacher who strives for excellence, bringing wit and personality to her performances…delightful to listen to and a pleasure to watch.
In addition to being talented, Lucille is also personable…the whole audience was drawn in to her performance.
Lucille’s arrangements are nothing short of stunning!
A true musical talent….Her hands produce really fine music.