Harping On

One day our Son Aaron announced that he was interested in learning to play the harp.  At first I thought great, we have a Sonny boy Williamson in the house at last, but no he meant the Celtic Harp! Well even though I was pretty taken a back I did as any good dad would do, I tried to accommodate for his passion to learn an instrument by helping him get a small Shepherds Harp and got him an ‘explorative lesson’ with the best teacher in our area.  It was pretty amazing how quick he picked it up and really got into it.  He has been taking lessons now for about a year and a half and has done a few local gigs and festivals even accompanying touring artists occasionally too.

Building Harps

Along with his interest in playing the Harp Aaron also has a keen interest in building them. His teacher’s husband Daniel is a master builder, and when he offered Aaron a chance to build one with him he jumped at the opportunity.  Working 9 hour days through his school holidays he has come along way with the build.  He busks at weekends to save the money for the hardware needed to complete the build.

Detail - front of the Harp
Detail – front of the Harp

He was encouraged to start a community funding project to help raise the last money needed to complete his harp and at the time of writing this he is 1/3 the way to meeting his goal of $1500.00 thanks to the generosity of others who are inspired by his passion for the harp.  If you are interested in taking a look at what he is doing and perhaps would like to invest in what he is doing you can follow this link Aaron Ord Music.

Aaron's Harp build1
Harmonic Curve of Aaron’s Harp

I am so looking forward to hearing the music that comes out of his own handiwork.  It is so rewarding to see your kids following their passions, especially when they are so positive and life giving.

Thanks for your interest in my music.



Kelowna, BC – 06/29/13

Lille Gard Music and Arts Festival
Saturday, June 29, 2013
12:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
4485 Sallows Road.

Kelowna, BC, Canada V1W 4C2

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Other Info
Graham is performing as part of Lille Gard festival (28 -30th June 2013) Schedule and tickets from lillegardfestival.com

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Kelowna, BC – 06/22/13

'The Trips' play a Street party
Saturday, June 22, 2013
1:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Gospel Mission (map)
Leon Ave
Kelowna, BC
Other Info
Graham performs with his new Bluegrass band "The Trips" which features Jesse Padgett - banjo, shamma Sabir - fiddle, Joshua Smith - Guitar and Bass and Graham Ord - guitar and mandolin. This is a street party celebrating 35 years of Kelowna Gospel Mission. Held on Leon ave Kelowna with bands all afternoon all for a great cause.

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The Trips

The Trips L-R Jesse Padgett, Shamma Sabir, Joshua Smith and Graham Ord.
The Trips L-R Jesse Padgett, Shamma Sabir, Joshua Smith and Graham Ord.

I have been working with a great bunch of musicians in our town in the past few months and exploring Bluegrass music a bit which has been so much fun!  We are writing some original tunes as well as taking some songs we all know and love and giving them a Bluegrass/Alt country treatment.

The band consists of Jesse Padgett on Banjo, Joshua Smith on guitar, Shamma Sabir of fiddle and yours truly on Guitar. Us three lads all play the upright between us too.  Here’s a sample of some of the music we are exploring together. We recorded it at Bottega Farm Inn Studios in Kelowna and we just all played together and pressed record.




The Trips – Hallelujah I love her so.