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Sunday Session with Harpist, David Helfand

  • Civic Winery & Wines 50 East 11th Avenue Eugene, OR 97401 United States (map)

Civic welcomes back David Helfand for a melodic Sunday afternoon!

Free show!

David Helfand is multi-instrumentalist who performs original instrumental music on Celtic Harp, mandocello, octave mandolin, guitar, and keyboard.

Helfand has often performed with violinist extraordinaire, Justin Lader. Together, their music is an eclectic blend of original multi-cultural inspired music of passion and transcendence with inspirations from the Celtic lands, the Middle East, pentatonic meditation music, space music and progressive rock.

David’s musical journey began in New York where he started as a drummer in high school and played with a band called Ruby Nash. While in school he dabbled with guitar and concentrated on the instrument when he started college. During the ’70s, he had the wondrous opportunity to see incredible concerts of some of the giants of British Progressive rock and folk rock such as Genesis with Peter Gabriel, the Strawbs, Jethro Tull, ELP and Gentle Giant along with a host of American bands.

Later unbeknownst to him, he was introduced to a band that would eventually inspire him to play the Celtic Harp. The group was The Incredible String Band with Robin Williamson and Mike Heron. After collecting all their vinyl albums in used-record shops and finding each one a treasure, in 1979 he had the opportunity to see one of the founding members perform live, which was Robin Williamson. By then, Robin moved to LA and formed a new band called the Merry Band with Sylvia Woods on Celtic Harp. At that point, David was looking for a new instrument to play and was transfixed by the sound of Sylvia’s harp. It was then and there that he said he was going to play the Celtic Harp.

Over the years, David has performed at many Northwest festivals and in 2003 was invited to perform at the environmental center in Cornwall, England, called the Eden Project. That same year, David performed at the harp conference, HarpCon in Bloomington, Indiana. In the mid ’90s he also produced and performed four concerts at the Lane ESD Planetarium with his former acoustic/electronic space music group Mythic Sky.

Civic is pleased to welcome David back to our space to perform for you all. Come down, enjoy the music, the wine, and even grab a snack to finish off your weekend!