Article by Robert Howell
Star Edwards is well known for her eclectic harp styles, whether playing solo or ensemble. Captured by the storytelling quality of folk music and fiery protest music of Dylan and Baez, she took up guitar at thirteen years old. The folk ballads led to an inevitable introduction to Irish and Scottish music. An important influence in Star’s musical choices come from a dance background in International folk dance music. All these musical styles have found a home in the heart of Star’s music. Improvisation is the backbone of Star’s playfulness with her music. She improvised and played by ear for ten years on harp before she came to read notation. It is through this playfulness and use of imagination on harp that has been an open door to composing music which writes itself down. She welcomes the melodies, as the songs search for her joyful openness.
In 1983 she founded the Colorado Folk Harp Society, and has directed and arranged music for the Celtic Harp Orchestra. Star has been responsible for bringing the presence of the Celtic harp to many festivals, such as the Scottish Highland Games and the Irish Festival in Denver since 1985.
Star teaches Celtic harp at Swallow Hill Music School in Denver and continues to explore the possibilities of numerous styles of music on the harp. She currently plays Celtic and Renaissance music with the band, Orion’s Bow. Star is playing a fusion of folk rock world music with Kingbeat, which include guitar, drums and keyboard back up. She can be found playing solo classical and pop music at the Brown Palace Hotel and therapeutic music to hospice and critically ill patients at local hospitalsl.
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Hometown: Denver, CO
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