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Mother’s Day weekend concerts

New York folk musician Martha Gallagher, dubbed the Adirondack Harper for jubilantly “plucking for peace” atop mountains in her home state, will return to the Pacific Northwest in May to collaborate with local harp players.

Seumas Gagne and Leslie McMichael will join Gallagher on Saturday, May 11 for a performance at Two Dog Yoga Studio in North Seattle, and again on Sunday, May 12 at Vashon United Methodist Church for a concert benefiting Vashon Youth and Family Services.

Gallagher’s career includes solo national tours sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, performing with six-time Grammy winners The Chieftains, and teaching as a visiting artist at prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. While in Seattle, she will also play a Friday solo show presented by the Pacific Northwest Folklore Society and offer a Saturday workshop at Dusty Strings Acoustic Music Shop.

Describing the ebullient Gallagher’s personality and music, North Country Public Radio host Todd Moe summed her up by saying, “Martha Gallagher is Janis Joplin-Joan Baez-Jean Redpath all rolled into one. She’s a treasure; her music lifts up the spirit and reminds us why we’re here.”

Seumas Gagne is a well-regarded Scottish Gaelic teacher, singer and harp player with strong ties in both Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. He is a frequent guest musician for the Puget Sound Revels and adjudicator for the Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games. Gagne’s debut album “Baile Ard” was released to acclaim in 2012, and when he is not playing his harp, he blogs about gay rights, polytheism, cooking and sewing.

Vashon Island harpist Leslie McMichael is known for her live concert harp performances of original scores with vintage silent movie screenings. For the Mother’s Day weekend concerts, she plans to share a sampling of her film scores, as well showcase her witty original songs on Celtic harp.

For more information about the Harp to Heart concerts, call 206-898-4972 or visit