Above left, harpist Lorin Grean will play traditional Celtic music as part of the Santa Paula Concert Series “Tree of Strings” concert. At right, Grupo Perro Negro will be performing folk music of Veracruz at the Universalist Unitarian Church September 9 at 7:30 p.m.

“Tree of Strings” harp concert, part of the Santa Paula Concert Series

August 18, 2006
Santa Paula News
The “Tree of Strings” harp concert, part of the Santa Paula Concert Series, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 9 at the historic Universalist Unitarian Church. The church, a county landmark, is located at 740 E. Main Street, Santa Paula. Grupo Perro Negro will perform the folk music of Veracruz. The trio consists of John Robles, harp; Robert Perales, jarana; and James MacNamara, bass. The music dates to the 16th century, when the Spaniards introduced stringed instruments into the New World.John Robles, a longtime county resident and native of Santa Paula, began playing the harp in 6th grade. He also plays several other instruments, all by ear, which suits this music well as it is only taught by ear - no written music exists in the jarocho genre.Robert Perales is a musician of mixed heritage - Spanish and Colombian. Robert is as much at home with jarocho as with ranchera, blues and jazz. He performs in a few Santa Barbara based bands, as well as in Perro Negro.James MacNamara is a bassist who plays in many genres, Mexican, Jazz, Celtic and swing. He also performs with multiple bands.Also featured on the program is harpist Lorin Grean. She will play traditional Celtic music - ranging from tunes of Turlough O’Carolan, the blind Irish harper who left a legacy of music immortalizing him among harpists, to more contemporary music including her own brilliant compositions.
Lorin Grean is well known in harp circles. Her recent credits include a recording contract with Silver Wave Records and a guest appearance on Kenny Loggins’ children’s album, “Return to Pooh Corner.”This concert will also celebrate the restoration in the first phase of the church’s stained glass windows. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the church’s Stained Glass Window Restoration Project. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 if purchased at the door, and can be purchased at the John Nichols Gallery at 916 E. Main Street, Santa Paula or by calling 525-7804.

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