GRAMMY®-Nominated Recording Artist,
Electric Harpist & Vocalist


SUN. Oct. 25
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at The
7:30 pm
8 Church St. Asheville, NC 28801
TIX: GENERAL $27 / $32 day of show


For Box Office Tix on Day of Show:
(828) 348-5327

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Deborah Henson-Conant is a GRAMMY®-Nominated composer, performer, singer, songwriter, entertainer, humorist and the world's foremost electric harpist. She's performed throughout the world, opened for Ray Charles, toured as a band member with rock legend Steve Vai and as a soloist with the Boston Pops, jammed with Bobby McFerrin onstage and Steven Tyler offstage -- and released a dozen albums from Latin jazz to Celtic to blues. She's also revolutionized her instrument with a custom-made, 32-string electric "harness harp."

What can you expect from Deborah Henson-Conant? Well ... this is not your grandmother's harp!

She strides on stage like a rock-star, with a powerful chrome-silver triangle, strung with 32 multicoor strings, an instrument invented specifically for her by the CAMAC company, in France. She’s the harpist your parents never warned you about — the world’s premiere electric harpist.

She plays music from Blues to Flamenco, she sings and she talks to the audience. She “dresses like a showgirl, plays the pants off the harp and tells tall tales with the ease of a stand-up comic. Imagine a talkative Harpo Marx in a mini-skirt and you begin to get the picture” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

"Dazzling harp playing, gorgeous jazz/pop singing, comic timing and impressive songwriting..." Austin-American Statesman



"The audience laughed, got to their feet and cheered, or simply sat open-mouthed as she gave us the blues, on a blue harp – plucked, not blown, but fired up with soul nonetheless." The Scottsman

"She's reshaping the serenely Olympian harp into a jazz instrument by warping it closer to the blues.” - New York Times

" After seeing Deborah Henson-Conant in concert... I know harp music can be anything from the blues to classical to flamenco, and all of it beautiful." The Cape Codder

“ She plays stuff you just wouldn’t think could possibly come from the intrument that St. Peter hands out to new arrivals at the pearly gates. She slapped the lower strings like an electric bass player laying down a funk line. She worked the sharpening levers at the top of her Celtic instrument to imitate a blues guitarist bending notes.” Grand Rapids Press

"[She] sings and plays the blues with a deep spirituality, expressiveness and harmonic sense matched by few other performers today, and animates everything she touches with a spine-tingling sense of gently propulsive rhythmic drive.” Buffalo News

"The Jimi Hendrix of the harp." Guitar legend Steve Vai


DEBORAH HENSON-CONANT is a Grammy-Nominated recording artist.  Guitar Legend Steve Vai calls her "The Jimi Hendrix of the Harp," NPR's Scott Simon calls her "the [imagined] lovechild of André Previn and Lucille Ball."  She sings and plays electric harp.  She composes for symphony.  She performs one-woman shows and concerts internationally. She debuted with the Boston Pops, opened for Ray Charles at Tanglewood, had her own music special on PBS, jammed onstage with Bobby McFerrin and offstage with Steven Tyler.  She's been featured on CBS "Sunday Morning," NBC's "Today Show" and NPR's "Weekend Edition."  

For the past 20 years she's collaborated with CAMAC Harps in France to develop the "DHC Light," the worlds first commercially-produced carbon-fibre electric harp.


Here are 7 Things you can do to get my undying love and admiration!

Here are simple ways you can instantly be part of our promotions team via email, facebook, twitter or in person. And if you want to email to let me know you've helped promote the show, I'll will want to personally thank you with a big hug at the show!


Here's a poster graphic you can download and email to your friends, with a link to this event page:

If you want to print it and post it around, send it to someone or just enjoy it.

Email your friends in North Carolina, especially those near Asheville. Let them know about the show and why you think they'd enjoy it. You can link them to this page: if you want, you can download the letter-size poster above and send it along as an attachment (choose the low resolution version so you don't clog their in-box)

Example: One of my favorite performers is coming to Asheville, NC. I hope you can make the show! I've attached a poster and here's a link to more info:

Tweet, add @HipHarpist and the hashtag #AVL (for Asheville) and use this link to the show page

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My friend Deborah Henson-Conant - an electric harpist (!) - has a show this weekend in Asheville, NC. If there's any way you can get there, don't miss it!

I'm going to see one of my favorite performers this weekend in Asheville, NC! Meet me there?
There's a show I'd LOVE to go to and I can't! If you're near Asheville, NC, don't miss it! And if you're up for it, take pictures and send some to me afterwards?


BONUS! Buy extra tickets and bring your friends!
Use the ticket link at the top of the page to get GROUP TIX (10 or more) if you purchase before Aug. 31.

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Wanna take pictures or video of the show? You can! The only caveats are: no flash during the show, and no big or noisy cameras that might distract your neighbors.

Email us at least a week in advance to let us know if you'll be taping or photographing so we can arrange a waiver of the theater's no-photos-or-taping policy for you, or let you know if there are any problems with cameras at the venue.

And after the show, let us know what kind of footage you got and we'll figure out the best way to get it, edit it and post it! And don't forget to wear your film director's beret!

The theatre doesn't seem to have a directions page here so, in a nutshell:

Altamont Theatre
8 Church St. Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 348-5327

We don't know the parking situation in Asheville, so it's probably best to call the theatre for more info

Public Transport:
We have a funny feeling there may not be public transportation in Asheville ....


PRESS RELEASE - Run Through Oct. 25, 2015

GRAMMY®-Nominated Electric Harpist, Deborah Henson-Conant (DHC) be returning to Asheville Altamont Theatre on Oct. 25, 2015.

She strides on stage like a rock-star, with a futuristic, 32-string silver triangle. An instrument invented specifically for her.

She’s the harpist your parents never warned you about — the world’s premiere electric harpist.

DHC uses a looper pedal to layer sounds and create rhythmic grooves and improvises over them.  She combines styles and genres, focusing on styles that offer opportunities for physical expression -- like Blues, Flamenco and theater-inspired music.  "All my work is about invention - on the spot, in the moment - and the combination of story and music with physical gesture you can actually hear." she says.

Henson-Conant collaborated with French harp builders, CAMAC, to develop the world’s top-selling electric harp, the "DHC-Light," an 11-pound carbon-fibre instrument she wears - and she's the world's leading player and coach of this innovative instrument.

THE ALTAMONT THEATRE is an intimate listening room for the serious music lover with a great sound system and the best acoustics in town. Originally built in 1895, it’s the winner of the 2011 Griffin Award for Adaptive Re-Use, the combination of "old" and "new" gives the theatre its identity.  With huge storefront windows, the original hardwood floors, you would never know this building was not originally made the way you see it today. 


Deborah Henson-Conant is a Grammy-Nominated composer, performer and coach to passionate harp players worldwide.

On stage she performers solo concerts, one-woman shows and as a soloist with orchestras. She combines musical genres and performance styles. Her music ranges from Blues to Flamenco, played on a custom-built 32-string electric harp that was invented specifically for her, and named after her, the "DHC-Light." Her shows shows combine music, humor and theater, with a voice that's been compared to Carly Simon and stories that harp on the good things in life.

As a composer, her concertos and solo works are performed by orchestras and soloists around the globe. As a coach and mentor, she works with musicians who want to create their own shows and find the power of their own unique creative voices.

Guitar legend Steve Vai calls her the "Jimi Hendrix of the harp." The New York Times credits her with "reshaping the serenely Olympian harp into a jazz instrument by warping it closer to the Blues." She’s debuted with the Boston Pops, opened for Ray Charles at Tanglewood, and jammed with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Bobby McFerrin and jazz great Doc Severinsen.


WHO: GRAMMY® Nominated Electric Harpist Deborah Henson-Conant
WHAT: Solo Show "Hip HARP - Deborah Henson-Conant"
WHEN: Sun. Oct. 25, 2015 at 7:30pm
WHERE: The Altamont Theatre, 18 Church St. Asheville, NC 28801
TIX INFO: $27 General / $32 day-of-show (Group Tix also available)
BOX OFFICE: (828) 348-5327
ARTIST'S PRESS CONTACT: Beatriz Harley, 781-483-3556 / 617-821-7291,


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