Our Camac Voice for June comes from Shelley Fairplay, a busy performer and teacher in Cardiff. Her work is a great example of what the biz calls a portfolio career – or, “never stopping at one particular style, because I love it all!”, as Shelley says herself. From immaculately professional appearances at weddings, events and concerts to teaching (including two large student harp ensembles), Shelley’s diverse activities make for a very busy, dynamic and interesting life in music. June’s Camac Voice is a jazzy arrangement of 'Scarborough Fair', taken from Shelley’s debut CD The Cherished Harp. It's an attractive collection of favourite folk songs from across the British Isles (and 'Amazing Grace', documented on the sleeve notes as an “American visitor”).
Folk music is also at the heart of one of Shelley’s most exciting current projects: a mentorship programme called Harness Your Muse, with Deborah Henson-Conant. Deborah will need little introduction to most Harpblog readers, and the lucky ones among you will also have had the chance to see one of her shows. Her mentorship programme is about helping other harpists find their voice. Perhaps they are seeking something unusual, they want to explore other disciplines, and above all, they want to express their individual voices and stories.