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Deborah Henson-Conant

Deborah Henson-Conant

Singer Songwriter / One-Woman Musical Theater / Electric Harp - Stories - Mixed Genres Boston, MA  US
Way You Are Blues
Way You Are Blues
The Nightingale
The Nightingale
Bring it All Down
Bring it All Down
Dogs of Somerville
Dogs of Somerville
The Land of You
The Land of You


Deborah Henson-Conant - Demo


  • Sat

    May 23

    Walnut Creek, CA, US | 7:30pm

    She's a Grammy-nominated electric harp virtuoso with a wicked sense of humor, a gutsy set of vocal chords and a theatrical flair. And in this intimate concert at Harps Etc. you'll experience DHC up close and personal. Inventive. Spontaneous. She pulls sounds from the strings you'd never expect to hear from the instrument St. Peter hands out at the Pearly Gates: Blues. Jazz. Flamenco. Distortion. And then there's the looper pedal -- a double-jacked foot-pedal that lets her record music on the fly, building rhythmic layers that over and over until she's created an almost symphonic bed of sound she improvises over. Poetic dissonance, movement, story and song -- all pulled from the 32 strings of an instrument she wear like a massive bronze bow-and-arrow, the electric harp that's named after her, the "DHC-Light."

  • Sat

    May 16

    Pasadena, CA, US | 8:00pm

    It sold out FAST last time - and now she's back!! Deborah Henson-Conant is returning to the Pacific Harps Showroom for an intimate salon concert on May 16, 2015 at 8PM. VIP ticket holders will have an opportunity to meet and talk with DHC over hors-d’oeuvres and wine before the concert.

  • Fri

    May 15

    Carlsbad, CA, US | 7:00pm

    The Museum of Making Music is SUCH a great place for a concert!!! The museum itself is right near Leggo-Land and the exhibits are open before the concert. I'm thrilled to be returning to MoMM as part of their 15th Anniversary Al- Star Concert Series! I first appeared at MOMM as part of their special harp exhibition concert series in 2013 to a sold out crowd! So get your tickets early! Grammy-nominated vocalist and electric harpist Deborah Henson-Conant returns to The Museum of Making Music for a solo show on Fri. May 15, 2015. Stories, humor, and music from Blues to Flamenco with sounds you never thought could come from a harp.

  • Sat

    Apr 25

    Franklin, MA, US | 8:00pm

    Known as the "finest church coffeehouse in the country" and I can personally attest to the pastries! Circle of Friends is like a visit to a 60's coffeehouse, BUT, with a modern sound system. Intimate. Funky. Fun. Franklin is equidistant from Boston, Providence and Worcester on 495, about 25 miles southwest of Boston.

  • Sat

    Jan 10

    Natick, MA, US | 7:30pm

    The lead-up to the Holidays is intense –then it all deflates in the cold days of January when the Blues hit you hard. That’s why electric-harp legend Deborah Henson-Conant always brings her Annual Lose Your Blues show to the Boston Area just after New Year’s. She's a GRAMMY®-Nominated composer and performer who sings and plays an instrument invented for her – the 32-string electric harp. She’s toured with guitar legend Steve Vai and with the Boston Pops- and her first show of 2015 is the annual “Lose your Blues” Show at TCAN! Imagine a 32-string harp shrunk to the size of a crossbow, she strides onto stage with the swagger of a matador, straps on her instrument and plugs it in like an electric guitar. She sings & tells stories, pulling sounds from the harp you’d never expect to hear: Blues, Flamenco, even Rock licks. She’s a solo performer – someone who loves to create an entire world just from what she can do with hands, feet, instrument and voice.



Bio: Artist Website: http://www.HipHarp.com

Take a harp.
Shrink it down.
Strap it on.
Plug it in.

Music…Theater…Humor…Passion. Deborah Henson-Conant is a cross-genre, Blues-Flamenco-Celtic-Funk-Folk-Jazz dynamo. She plays an instrument that was built specifically for her so she could perform h...See Full Bio

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Lots of DHC shows & workshops coming up! Check them out here: http://www.hipharp.com/events.html


“Imagine a talkative Harpo Marx in a mini-skirt and you begin to get the picture.”

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Q: How many hours a day do you still have to practice to stay to the standard you are happy with?

A: A few years ago I created a special "all food groups" practice routine for myself that lets me warmup and strengthen the areas I felt I needed most, basically I created a 20-minute etude for myself that covers arpeggios, scales and a lot of modulation so I can practice shifting from key to key with the levers. So I do that every morning. It's kind of like taking my vitamins. That will keep me in basic shape even if I don't get a chance to play later in the day. When I have more time, I spend a second session just PLAYING - I just play the new material I'm working on as if I were performing it - and often videotape it, and watch it to coach myself. And then … this is my little secret … I have my harp right next to my computer, so if I'm on hold with tech support or have to reboot my computer or I'm watching a webinar - I'll actually work on exercises while doing that. Sometimes I'll just fit in 2 minutes here and there, and that kind of practicing is especially good for working on passages that require tricky coordination - because you start and stop and come to it with a clean mind each time.

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