Sharon Knowles has been playing the clarsach, the Celtic Harp, for over twenty years. Venues have included festivals all over Scotland and in the Republic of Ireland. Sharon has also performed in Western Australia. She moved to the United States in July 1997, with her American husband, John Knowles.  In 2000, Sharon and John recorded their first CD " Ferry Cottage".

 

    The couple’s first home was in Eastern North Carolina where Sharon decided to study music theory and composition to better teach the harp. Sharon began her performance career almost immediately and, with John, played at several major events in North Carolina like the Festival of the Eno in Chapel Hill.

 

    Sharon and John moved to Germantown, Maryland, in September 2000. Again, Sharon made quick progress in the Capitol area harp scene. She is the harp tutor for The House of Musical Traditions in Washington D.C., and is a sought-after solo performer in the area. Her performance history since moving to the D.C. suburbs, to name a few, has included the Washington DC Revels, The Library of Congress and The Supreme Court of the United States. Sharon is the director of the Washington Area Folk Harp Society Benefit Concert. Sharon performs with Sue Richards in the harp duo called HEN. HEN has performed in the USA and Europe including major festivals such as Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Scotland.

                                                                                                                                                                    HEN

Sharon is also a member of the Scottish Traditional band Fynesound.

                                                                                

Passing on the Tradition

Sharon is now sought after as a teacher of Celtic harp in the Washington DC area. She gives individual lessons and group classes  concentrating on the rhythm and ornamentation of Scottish and Irish music.

 

Sharon has taught at several major Summer Schools including the Ohio Scottish Arts School and Common Ground on the Hill.

                                                                              

 

 

"HEN" Sharon Knowles and Sue Richards, photo courtesy of Bill Richards.©2003

 

 

Sharon and HEN 2011

 

March

25     Celebrate St. Patrick's with The Celtic Duo featuring Maggie Sansone and Sharon Knowles, Saint Peter's Episcopal Church, 2nd and Market Street, Lewes, DE. For reservations and information: 302-645-8479, * Concert at 7:30 p.m.*

Sharon and HEN 2010

 

October

15-17     18th annual Harpers Escape Weekend Harper's Escape

New Brunswick, NJ

August

11-15     HEN performing at ISFHC Harp Conference, Harpcon 2010, St. Louis, MO

July

11-16   Common Ground on the Hill Sharon teaching and performing at Common Ground on the Hill, and performing on 7/11 at the Roots Music & Arts Festival, Carroll County Farm Museum, Westminster, MD

29-August 1  Somerset Folk Harp Festival 10th Annual Somerset Folk Harp Festival, Parsippany, NJ

April

16-18      Loch Norman Highland Games Huntersville, NC

 

Sharon and HEN 2009

 

December

5   Sharon Knowles, Laura Byrne, Pat Egan, and Jim Egan with Maggie Sansone, St. Luke's, Alexandria, VA

*7:30 p.m. performance*

6   Sharon Knowles, Laura Byrne, Pat Egan, and Jim Egan with Maggie Sansone, Christ Church, Owensville, MD

*4 and 7 p.m. performances*

19  Sharon Knowles and Andrea Hoag with Maggie Sansone, First Mennonite Church, Richmond, VA

*7:30 p.m. performance*

 

November

15     Sharon Knowles and Andrea Hoag with Maggie Sansone, Old Brogue, Great Falls, VA

*5 p.m. and 7 p.m performances, RESERVATIONS ADVISED*

 

October

16-18     Sharon teaching at The Harper's Escape, Princeton, NJ

 

July

9-12   Sharon teaching and performing with HEN at the Somerset Folk Harp Festival, Alexandria, VA

12-17     Sharon teaching and performing at Common Ground on the Hill, Westminster, MD

June

27-July 3      Sharon teaching and performing at the Ohio Scottish Arts School, Oberlin, OH

 

 

Sharon and HEN 2008

June

14     Potomac Celtic Festival, Leesburg, VA

26-July 3      Sharon teaching and performing at the Ohio Scottish Arts School, Oberlin, OH

July

10-12   Sharon teaching and performing with HEN at the Somerset Folk Harp Festival, Alexandria, VA

13     Sharon performing at The American Music and Arts Festival, Westminster, MD

14-18     Sharon teaching and performing at Common Ground on the Hill, Westminster, MD

October

10-12     Sharon teaching at The Harper's Escape, Princeton, NJ

26     Sharon judging and performing at The Richmond Highland Games and Celtic Festival, Richmond, VA

Sharon and HEN  2007           

January

5     HEN at The Rockville Civic Center, MD

June

3     Washington Folk Festival, Glen Echo, MD

June

22     Sharon teaching at SHSA Judge course, Oberlin, Ohio

June

23     Sharon judging and teaching at the Ohio Scottish Games

July

4-7     Sharon teaching at Big Sky Harp Festival, Montana

8-13     Sharon teaching at Common Ground on the Hill, Westminster, MD

September

24-30     HEN on Michigan and Ohio tour

October

12-14     Sharon teaching at The Harpers Escape Weekend, Harpers Ferry, WVA

December

1     Simply Red Art Auction to Benefit Frederick County Chapter, American Red Cross, 2 E. Frederick Street, Walkersville, MD *Harp and Cello: Sharon & Karin, 6 to 9 pm*

22     Holiday Candelight Concert with HEN St. Peter's LUtheran Church, Shepherdstown, WVA *Sharon and Sue Richards are HEN, 8 p.m.*

30     Noon to 3 pm Sharon with Karen Ashbrook at LLBean, Columbia, MD

 Sharon and HEN 2006          

December

3     Annual Christmas Celtic Concert 220 Owensville Rd., Owensville, MD, Info: 410-867-0346 *Sharon with Maggie Sansone, Lisa Moscatiello, Laura Byrne, Rosie Shipley*

8     Christmas Celtic Celebration, The Cellar Stage St. John's United Methodist Church of Hamilton, 5315 Harford Rd, Baltimore,MD, Info: 410-922-5210 *Sharon with Maggie Sansone, Lisa Moscatiello, Laura Byrne, Rosie Shipley*

9     Herndon Christmas Concert, Industrial Strength Theatre, 269 Sunset Business Park Dr., Herndon, VA, Info: 703-787-7300 *Sharon with Maggie Sansone, Lisa Moscatiello, Laura Byrne, Rosie Shipley*

November

5     HEN at Old Brogue Great Falls, VA

25     Sharon with Maggie Sansone at LLBean, Columbia, MD

October

11     Unitarian Church Rockville, MD *HEN performing*

21-22     The Stone Mountain Games,GA *Sharon with HEN Judging Scottish Harp Society National Championships, and performing*

28-29     Richmond Celtic Festival, VA *Sharon judging harp competitions and performing*

September

10th and 24th     O'Faolains Irish Pub and Restaurant Sterling, VA *Sharon on Harp from 11 am to 2 pm*

August

Sundays     O'Faolains Irish Pub and Restaurant Sterling, VA *Sharon on Harp from 11 am to 2 pm*

July

2-6     Common Ground on the Hill Westminster, MD. *Sharon teaching workshops and giving performances*

7    American Music and Arts Festival, Westminster, MD.  

14-28     Norway Tour *HEN teaching workshops and giving performances*

June

14     Woodfire Restaurant 134 Front ST., Dowagiac, MI. 6:30-9:30 pm. Contact: 269-782-0007
16     Live TV, WSJV Fox 28 The Morning Show, Elkhart, IN

16     Lakeland Continuing Care Center-St. Joseph, IN 7 pm concert. Contact: 983-6501

17     ELCO Performing Arts Center, 410 South Main St., Elkhart IN. Contact: (800) 294-8223 7:30 pm

18     New Buffalo Center for the Performing Arts, New Buffalo, MI 7:00 pm. Contact: (616) 469-2770

20-22     Honeyrun Inn, Millersburg, Ohio. 6-8:00 pm

 Sharon and HEN 2005          

JANUARY

14     Celtic Connections: Danny Kyle Open Stage, The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland  

FEBRUARY

14     The Institute of Musical Traditions Rockville, MD

*HEN performing*

MARCH

5    The Kennedy Center - Women's Committee of the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, D.C.  

*Solo Recital*

16    B&O Railroad Museum - Reception for Ireland's Prime Minister, Baltimore, MD.

*Sharon with Karen Ashbrook*

JUNE

17     The Box Factory 1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI. 8:00 pm concert. Contact: 269-983-3688
*$8/6 seniors

19     HEN plays background music at Woodfire Restaurant 134 Front ST., Dowagiac, MI. 7-10:00 pm. Carl Payne, harper, also appears. Contact: 269-782-0007
21-22     HEN plays at the Honeyrun Inn, Millersburg, Ohio 6-8:00 pm

25    Ohio Scottish Games Lorain, OH. *Sharon judging harp competition*

JULY

3-8    Common Ground on the Hill Westminster, MD. *Sharon teaching workshops and giving performances*

9    American Music and Arts Festival Westminster, MD. *Sharon in performance*

21-24    Somerset Folk Harp Festival Somerset, NJ. *HEN performing and teaching*

*Concerts Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm*

OCT

29    First English Lutheran Church, 501 James Street Syracuse, NY. *The Art of the Harp Duo, etc. HEN workshops and concert*

*Concert Saturday at 7 pm*

 Sharon and HEN 2004          

JUNE

18     Goshen College, Goshen, IN  7:30 Contact: 574-535-7566
19     The Box Factory 1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI. 8:00 pm concert. Contact: 269-983-3688
*Harp Workshops Saturday Daytime 1-2:30, 3-4:30 Beginner and Intermediate. e-mail Sharon for more information

26    Ohio Scottish Arts School Oberlin, OH
*Sharon instructing Scottish Harp

                                                                   

JULY

4 - 9     Common Ground on the Hill, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD  Contact: 410-857-2771
*Celtic Harp Instruction by Sharon and Jo Morrison.

Intermediate to Advanced. e-mail Sharon for more information
                                                                   

SEPTEMBER

11     Ligonier Highland Games Ligonier, PA

18     Maryland Renaissance Festival, Crownsville, MD 
                                                                   

DECEMBER

7     Tea with HEN at Strathmore Hall, Bethesda, MD  

Sharon's Performance Schedule 2003

JANUARY

5    Rockville Civic Center, Rockville, Md.                     

        ~ Sharon w/Sue Richards&Jo Morrison

12    Smithsonian Commons Brunch               

FEBRUARY                                                                                                                             

14    Kentlands Mansion

MARCH

30    Smithsonian Commons Brunch

APRIL

20    Smithsonian Commons Brunch

MAY

10    Annual Washington Area Folk Harp Society Benefit Concert ~HEN~ w/ Thistlefolk

11    Mother's Day Brunch at Mrs. O'Leary's Pub, Gaithersburg, Md.

17    Coolfont Resort ~HEN~

21    Rockville Arts Center ~HEN~

JUNE

12    Washington D.C. Harp Orchestra ~ Sharon w/ Thistlefolk

28    Ohio Scottish Arts School Oberlin, Oh. ~ Sharon instructing Scottish Harp

JULY

9-13    Harp Con 2003 Bloomington, Indiana ~ Sharon instructing

AUGUST ~ HEN  Scotland Tour 2003 begins

SEPTEMBER

18-28   Clifden Arts Festival, Co. Galway Ireland ~HEN~

OCTOBER

05    Edinburgh Folk Club ~HEN~

11    Cowal Walking Festival, Strachur Village Hall ~HEN~
28    Ardkinglas House, Cairdow, Argyll  
private function ~HEN~
           
NOVEMBER ~ HEN  Scotland Tour 2003 ends

DECEMBER

6    St. Mary's Catholic Church, Rockville, MD. 10 a.m. Mass

        Holiday Music for private party, Chevy Chase, MD. 5 p.m.

        Holiday music for private party, McLean, VA. 4:30 p.m.

        St. Mary's Catholic Church, Rockville, MD. 5 p.m. Mass

24    St. John's Church, McLean, VA. 8 p.m. Mass

25    St. John's Church, McLean, VA. 9 a.m. Mass

28    Glenview Mansion, Rockville, MD. afternoon concert ~HEN~

 
 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               For more information email Sharon                                                   

 


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