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Deirdre Morgan
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  • London, UK & Vancouver, BC
  • Canada
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  • Touchtone
  • Ward De Coninck
  • Dainius Jucius
  • Neptune Chapotin
  • Vladimir Markov
  • The Gongman
  • SoRIAH
  • Arjopa
  • Luca Recupero
  • LOOPING jaw harp orchestra
  • Rowan Lee Hartsuiker
  • Dan Moi
  • Danibal
  • Jan Heinke
  • Steve Sklar

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About me:
Deirdre Morgan is an ethnomusicologist, performer, and arts administrator who holds a B.A. in literature, film & creative writing, and an M.A. in ethnomusicology, both from the University of British Columbia. She is currently working on a PhD on the Jew's harp at SOAS, University of London. For more information on her research, visit http://soas.academia.edu/DeirdreMorgan.

Deirdre is also an interdisciplinary performer whose interests include clowning and improvisation. To listen to some music, visit http://touchtoneduo.bandcamp.com.

Constantly seeking out Jew's harps of the world and the people who play them, Deirdre's travels have taken her across North America, Europe, Russia, and Indonesia, and she blogs about her adventures around the world at overtonearts.com.

As an arts administrator, Deirdre has worked for several professional performing arts organizations. She served as Executive Director of the Jew's Harp Guild and the North American Jew's Harp Festival for two years, and is currently a Board member with the International Jew's Harp Society. She has appeared on CBC Radio, Voice of America, NPR, CiTR, and Fairchild TV.

Deirdre's professional profile is available at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/deirdre-morgan/43/801/41.
As a band we are:
Touchtone Duo:

SOAS Mouth Harp Society:

Collaborations with SOAS Ceilidh Band, Peyman Heydarian (Persian santur), and Amaraterra (pizzica-tarantella) can all be seen here:
Voice, mouth harp, piano, Balinese gamelan, 5-string banjo, melodica, glockenspiel, noseflute, clackamore, space crickets, random pieces of junk, cutlery.
Tanya Tagaq, Bali, Stimmhorn, Norway, the opening theme of Fred Penner's Place, Austria, tumbleweeds, Siberia.

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Harping in Siberia - The Latest News

7th International Jew’s Harp Congress, Yakutsk 2011

International Jew’s Harp Society Bulletin 2 – Compiled by Michael Wright

First, an apology. In Bulletin 1 we said that the virtuoso competition was for men over 25. We have since had information that indicates that this was a mis-translation. The Virtuoso Competition is, in fact, open to male and female players. The competition for women under 25 has been set up to encourage and support female players and the organizers have… Continue

Posted on March 14, 2011 at 10:24pm —

International Jew's Harp Festival in Yakutsk 2011

Below is the first information package for the 7th International Jew's Harp Festival in Yakutsk, Siberia.

If you are a resident of the Americas (North, Central, or South) interested in attending the festival as a performer or a special guest, please reply to me no later than Thursday February 3 (see the competition categories and regional contacts below).

Visas are required to enter Russia and all performers must receive official letters of invitation from the festival… Continue

Posted on January 31, 2011 at 8:50pm — — 1 Comment

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At 3:21pm on August 30, 2010, Jan Heinke said…
hi deirdre, thanks for your interest. it would be great to meet you in dresden. this year's festival program includes hosoo, nam (austria), christian zehnder and me. let's keep in touch. best, jan
At 11:05pm on January 9, 2010, Jens Mügge said…
Hello Deirdre, i send you a message about the dates with Hosoo's summer vacation in Mongolia and David Hykes 11th Annual Harmonic Presence Retreat - sorry that Hosoo's event informations are in German only ... I downloaded your MA about the Gongong and I am happy to read now the 72 pages of your work. Thank you for that ... all the best, Jens
At 6:11pm on January 7, 2010, Arjopa said…
Dear Deirdre!
Thanx for your request!
Your webpages are really interessting!

Hope you like our Khoomei Throatsinging Folk Punk,too!!

Greetings from Berlin!
Arjopa & The Master U-like

At 8:03am on January 7, 2010, Jens Mügge said…
Hi Deidre,

yes, I know since 2009 that there is the next international jew's harp festival in Hungary. Do you have a website link for that. I will be there if it isn't during my travel with Hosoo through Mongolia (Beginnging of July). And if it is not during David Hykes Denmark Retreat in August ... I will see - this festival has a very high priority.


At 10:10pm on January 6, 2010, Jens Mügge said…
Hey you! I am happy to find your profile via your contributions and your avatar! I like your actually status update! How do you find us?! Maybe you will meet us on a jaw harp featival?! All the best, Jens
At 10:08pm on December 24, 2009, Steve Sklar said…
I don't believe Jerry's on here yet??? I'l hook you up on FB, though.



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