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Patrick Ball / Bio

Official Website: www.patrickball.com
Booking: 707-823-2923 / patrick@patrickball.com

Patrick Ball is "an American master of the Irish instrument, a modern day bard." (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE)

His performances are a “richly theatrical and hauntingly beautiful” (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES) blending of celtic harp and spoken word that “resonate with lyricism and charm.” (WASHINGTON POST)

Along with “CELTIC HARP & STORY,” his concert of music and legend, Patrick has written and currently performs two acclaimed solo musical theater pieces. “O'CAROLAN'S FAREWELL TO MUSIC” brings to the stage the legendary life, the turbulent times and the glorious music of Ireland's most celebrated and beloved musician, Turlough O'Carolan. “THE FINE BEAUTY OF THE ISLAND” is a musical journey to Ireland's legendary Blasket Islands in search of a deeply haunting tune and the vanished islanders who played it.

During the December holidays Patrick offers "THE CHRISTMAS ROSE" a celebration of the stories and music of the winter season.

All year round he also offers CHILDREN'S CONCERTS.

Patrick also presents two ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCES:

“THE FLAME OF LOVE,” is a Spoken Word/Early Music retelling of the greatest of medieval legends, THE ROMANCE OF TRISTAN & ISEULT. In this very dramatic concert Patrick collaborates with "The Medieval Beasts": Shira Kammen (vielle, medieval harp, voice) and Tim Rayborn (lute, psaltery, medieval harp, voice).

In "LEGENDS OF THE CELTIC HARP" three of the premier Celtic harpers in the world take you deep into the myths, magic and fabled history of this most captivating instrument. In this joyous, dramatic musical journey Patrick collaborates with Lisa Lynne (Celtic Harp, Bouzouki) and Aryeh Frankfurter (Celtic Harp, Nyckelharpa, Cittern).

Patrick Ball is "a rare artist." For in playing the ancient, legendary brass-strung harp of Ireland with its crystalline, bell-like voice, and in telling marvelous tales of wit and enchantment, he not only brings new life to two cherished traditions, but blends them in performances that "conjure Druid magic...weaving words and music into a spellbinding program." (THE BLADE, Toledo, OH)

"Hauntingly beautiful ballads and lilting storytelling...a small gem."

"It's rare that we will feature a performer on our fine performances season for two consecutive years, but then Patrick is a rare artist...The audience was entranced by his harp playing, amused by his storytelling. Patrick is a grand man who puts on a great show. A warm and magical performance."

"The SRO audience loved Mr. Ball's performance, asking when we will be bringing him back. Ball was a delight to work with, very professional and he is superb at captivating an audience."

“Patrick Ball is one of my favorite artists. I have enjoyed many wonderful Celtic harpists, Loreena McKennitt among them, as well as gifted storytellers, including Garrison Keillor. But I know of no one else who is able to blend both skills so beautifully and seamlessly. Patrick makes me smile and laugh out loud as well as weep, both as a storyteller and as a musician. His gift is rare. He has my highest recommendation as an exceptional and unique performing artist.
--- John H. Potter, Executive Director, THE PHIPPS CENTER FOR THE ARTS

General Info

Artist Name
Patrick Ball
Home Page
Celtic / Spoken Word

Contact Info

Sebastopol, CA