By Jane A. Marlowe
On Monday evening, March 12, a talented musician presented a unique and inspiring evening of original music on a beautiful Celtic harp. Martha Gallagher charmed her audience with inspired melodies and lyrics offering glimpses into her childhood and family life. Her grandmother’s advice, very apropos in these financially straitened times, is blended with the wisdom of Deepak Chopra and the Latin rhythm of Santana. “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without!”
Martha has performed throughout the United States and Canada for 35 years. She has performed as a classical flautist in a symphony orchestra, played with the Chieftans and has appeared on television and radio. She has vacationed on Marco Island for many years and was pleased to be invited to perform at San Marco Church.
A charming song, Part of My Heart, was written for her daughter, Meaghan, who was present at Monday’s concert along with Martha’s father and other family members. The concert was a benefit on behalf of The San Marco Catholic Youth Group planned by Kim Adamson, San Marco Director of Religious Education.
The Water is Wide is a musical commentary on the flooding caused by Hurricane Irene in the Adirondack Mountains in New York State, where Martha makes her home. Martha’s home was heavily damaged by the floods as was her little town. She composed the music to benefit flood relief in the area.
All work on creating the CD was donated by the company which has produced Martha’s many other works. To date more than $14,000 has been raised through the sale of this soothing, quiet musical collection.
Moon Shining Brightly and The Wonders of this World concluded the evening. Martha’s range took her through traditional folk music to blues, foot tapping jazz and a lively country music tribute to amazing, smashing, fab, new boots!
Martha makes the harp sing along with her amazingly, versatile style which captivated her audience. Kim Adamson, herself an accomplished harpist, joined Martha on stage for one musical piece.
Kim shared her thoughts after the concert. “Martha performed a fantastic concert and I plan to invite her again to perform in concert. All proceeds from this event will be used to send the youth group on retreat and on a mission trip in the summer.”
Future plans for the Youth Group include attending the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis in November, 2013. Please call Kim at San Marco Catholic Church, 394-5181, if you would like to sponsor a member of the Youth Group to attend the conference or donate to any of the group’s upcoming activities.
Remember the name, Martha Gallagher. She has a distinctive talent and when she returns it will be to a standing room only audience.
Visit www.adkharper.com for CD orders, Martha’s calendar and excerpts from her original music.