With crystalline vocals, feisty carbon-fibre harp playing and an unfettered sense of fun, Keri Lynn Zwicker has been a bright addition the Western Canadian folk music scene.
Her eclectic repertoire and quick wit delight listeners who are surprised at how truly entertaining a harp show can be.
Zwicker brings to the stage a craft built solidly on Classical training, a stage presence polished by over 12 years of touring with David Wilkie’s Cowboy Celtic and a wealth of knowledge from a Masters Degree in Ethnomusicology.
She has toured and showcased in Alberta, B.C. and Saskatchewan with her versatile trio, HarpRouge featuring Tami Cooper on flute and Jeff Faragher on Cello.
While playing playing folk clubs and festivals from Enderby to La Ronge and from Edmonton to Bragg Creek, Zwicker has garnered rave reviews for her lively stage presence, beautiful gaelic-styled singing and her ability to demonstrate the versatility of the Celtic harp.
A HarpRouge show features Keri Lynn’s fresh take on traditional folk songs, finger-blazing jigs & reels and fiery Latin instrumentals.
Her lively arrangements ensure that her carbon-fibre instrument is always the driving force, never the frill.
She has played at most every festival and on every major stage in Edmonton; the International Fringe Festival, the DeepFreeze Festival, the Edmonton Heritage Days Festival, the Edmonton Celtic Festival, the Taste of Edmonton and even performed as a guest soloist on both Classical and Celtic harp with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in 2009 as part of the Lighter Classics series. She is often hired by Edmonton Tourism to perform and represent the city at home and on the road.
In 2010, she received a grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts to study Latin harp repertoire and technique with Alfredo Rolando Ortiz in California. During this same visit to the Los Angeles area she was “discovered” by Margaret O’Carroll of Kerry Records and invited to perform as part of “An Irish Hooley” in four major California theatres in March of 2011.
Keri Lynn has independently released three albums; “The Devil’s Mill” produced by Shannon Johnson of the Juno award-winning McDades, “Rich & Rare” co-produced with David Wilkie and most recently a Christmas CD “Winter Ramble.” From 2007-2009 she promoted her own Christmas concert series and four years ago co–founded “Jig for a Kiss,” an annual pre-St. Patrick’s Day evening of Celtic music and dance.
Keri Lynn has been playing music since she was 5 years old beginning with her classical training on the piano and culminating in a Bachelor of Music in piano and harp from the University of Alberta.
She plays second harp with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and has performed major harp &andchoir works with award-winning choirs such as Cantilon, ProCoro and Kokipelli.
She is also a private instructor at the Alberta Conservatory of Music and has also led harp workshops in Montana, Alberta and BC.