Mike's Harp playing Career

Mike Absalom plays both the Celtic and the Paraguayan harp and became well known in Canada as a harpist for weddings, concerts, hospitality gatherings, receptions, and all manner of indoor and open air events where ambience and a relaxing musical atmosphere are called for.

In 1988 he joined Harps International as the Paraguayan harpist in a trio of Classical, Celtic and South American harpists and has since toured extensively with them in Canada, South America and the United States. 

In 1989 he was awarded a Canada Council scholarship to study the Paraguayan harp in Asuncion, Paraguay. He returns regularly to South America and studies with Papi Galan, Enrique Samaniego and Abel Sanchez Gimenez. 

In 1996 he was a featured performer at the Sixth World Harp Congress held that year in the USA. The main thrust of his work is bringing arrangements of Irish jigs, reels and slow airs to the Celtic Harp. He also gives concerts of his own compositions and traditional Irish music for the harp, love songs, humorous poems and ditties and other works he has put together over the past 35 years as an entertainer. 

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