Harriet was classically trained reaching Grade 8 with Distinction on concert pedal harp, but now specializes in the Celtic harp. She is a full-time harpist, playing extensively throughout the UK and abroad.
Harriet Earis is an international harpist from Aberystwyth who plays by herself and as part of the dance show “Harp and Tap”. In 2016 she formed a new show “Harp and Tap” with tap dancers and her trio of harp, bass and drums.
In 2007 she performed as a soloist to 25,000 people in the 02 Arena and in the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the “Young Voices” Tour. She was also chosen as one of 6 winners of the “Danny Kyle Open Stage Award” at the Celtic Connections Festival 2007 – picked out from among 82 different musical acts competing for the title. She was the ‘Harper of All Britain’ (at the All Britain round of the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉirinn) in 2000 and won it again in 2002. She is busy with her frequent tours to the United States (visiting 25 states), Canada and over Europe.
Together with her love of Celtic music, Harriet has been studying Irish, Scots Gaelic and Welsh and has a degree in Celtic Studies from Trinity College, Cambridge.
In 2005 she was one of a few young musicians in Wales to be awarded a place on Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now! scheme, which led to over 150 solo concerts in community venues such as hospitals, old people’s homes and special schools as well as solo recitals in most of the main Welsh festivals, such as the North Wales Music Festival in St Asaph, Bryn Terfel’s “Y Faenol” Festival and the National Eisteddfod. Since leaving the scheme as a performer in 2009 she has become one of a handful of musicians in the UK trained to help audition and mentor new professional musicians on the Live Music Now scheme.