In July 2009, I attended my first Celtic harp training workshop, sparking my love affair with playing Celtic music. A few days after the workshop, I was asked to give a 45-minute presentation of Irish harp music to interested participants an upcoming, rather large Irish Festival. Love is blind. I said yes.
For the next month I practiced the three pieces we had worked on at the workshop. By the time I realized that loving this music did not automatically mean I was able to play it, all the promotional material for the festival had been printed. Since I am not one to back out of a commitment, I forged ahead.