Butterfly Wings

(Short audio included at the end of the post.)

During my recent blogging break, I have been learning to play the folk harp.

This is a Fireside Harp from Backyard Music, made of cardboard.

The shape of the harp reminds me of the wings of a butterfly that visits my garden.

A rain storm came up just after these photos were taken, but I’ve included a short audio with a rainy backdrop, which can be played along with these photos.

Eleanor Plunkett, by Turlough O’Carolan, arranged by harpist and composer Anne Crosby Gaudet, performed by Julie Mankowsky.

26 thoughts on “Butterfly Wings

  1. Welcome back, Julie. Your garden looks lovely and your new harp is beautiful. I imagine you sitting on that bench surrounded by fragrant blossoms, flittering butterfly wings, and singing birds. Sounds like paradise to me. 😊
    Warm greetings,

    1. The man who makes these harps also makes banjos out of cigar boxes, and other neat and cost effective instruments. Quite cool! Thanks for visiting!

  2. Dear Julie, this was so sweet and serene…truly moving. I enjoyed your narrative and photos, and the sight of this lovely harp in your serene garden. It really does look like a butterfly. Hard to believe it’s made with cardboard and delivers such a sweet sound. Your performance was magical. Thank you so much.

    1. Aww…so nice of you to say that, Jet! I’m filing the harp under “the things we learned in covid”. I bought recorded lessons on particular songs online and downloaded them, and have learned to play totally via the internet. Every once in a while, I attend virtual “harp meet ups” as well. Harpers are a friendly and quirky group; sort of like birders but with harps instead of cameras… 😉

    1. It has a really nice sound-almost bell-like. Learning folk harp has always been on my bucket list, so this was an affordable way to go. Thanks for visiting!

  3. That’s so interesting, I’ve never actually heard of a harp made of cardboard before but it’s so creative! And your butterfly-wing harp sounds great, all the more with the rain in the background. 🙂 I love Eleanor Plunkett! It’s really great that you’ve been learning the harp. Wishing you best of luck with it!

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