By Pete Thomas, December 2013
On Sunday December 16 at 1pm, we’ll have a special holiday treat for patrons, as harpist and singer-songwriter Lacey Lee will be performing at the NOPL at North Syracuse library.
Lacey Lee has been playing harp since she was nine. Her first performance was at a wedding at age eleven. It has only been in the last four years that she began to use her harp to sing and write with. She is classically trained through the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, and only recently moved to Syracuse, where she has immediately made a name for herself in the local folk music scene.
She has a great voice and cool hats, but is best known for her electric harp. “I usually write my songs on electric harp,” says Lacey, “it’s different wearing your instrument, but it’s easier to connect with the audience and move around.” She is influenced by folk artists like Mary Chapin Carpenter and harpist Deborah Henson-Conant (who pioneered the electric folk harp).
At the concert on Sunday, the audience can expect a mix of original songs written by Lacey, Christmas classics, and folk standards. “I’m excited to play some folk covers that my father-in-law taught me last week,” she said. There might be a few modern songs played too, she’s been known to do fantastic cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”
She plays regularly in the area, with both her electric and classical harp, playing a wide range of music. “Harp can fit anything”, she believes, “I’ve even fitted it with guitar pedals to make different sounds.”
Lacey is happy to be back playing at NOPL at North Syracuse. “Libraries are fun to play at because people come specifically to hear you, to listen and to learn something new. I love getting to talk about the harp and answering questions from the audience.”
Lacey Lee: A Folksong Christmas. Sunday, December 16, at 1pm at NOPL at North Syracuse. To RSVP, visit www.nopl.org or call 458-6184.