professional musician forever - touring as a supporting artist for various
singers and instrumentalists, adjudicating music festivals, concertizing,
She studied harp in Graduate School at Indiana University, and then had a
hiatus before coming back to it full force. Now she freelances on both
harp and piano in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia - including
playing harp as one of the regulars at Ireland's Four Courts in Arlington,
Virginia; being part of the Olde Tyme Christmas at Harpers Ferry, West
Virginia; and teaching harp and piano at the National Cathedral School in
She recorded her CD of her own harp arrangements - "Straight from the
Harp" - in August 2004, and published two books of harp solos, duos, and
trios with fellow harpist Mimi McNeel in July 2005. Together she and Mimi
are McBrad Publishing.
She performs with the Heatherwood Harp Ensemble, and has created several
well-received arrangements for their concerts. In addition to her
arrangements of traditional music, she enjoys taking keyboard music from
the Baroque and Classic periods and making it harp friendly.
Barbra Bailey Bradley's CD, "Straight from the Harp", is a relaxing blend
of Baroque and Classic keyboard music and traditional tunes, arranged for
The "Three Baroque Dances" [Musette, Musette, Minuet] come from the era of
J.S. Bach. Many beginning pianists have studied them. Barbra has arranged
the dances for solo harp. The Minuet utilizes the Baroque style of adding
ornamentation to each repeated section.
"Huron Carol" is known to many Canadians as the way the Jesuits taught the
story to the Huron peoples of northern Ontario. Barbra made the
arrangement for, and dedicated it to the Heatherwood Harp Ensemble. All
three parts are performed by Barbra herself on the recording
"Slane/Nettleton" is a medley of two beloved hymn tunes. Many listeners
will recognize Slane as Be Thou My Vision, and Nettleton as Come Thou Fount
of Every Blessing. This arrangement for solo harp was begun soon after
9/11, and was dedicated to Barbra's husband, Joseph, for his birthday in
"She's Like the Swallow/I'se the Bye" are two folk songs from Newfoundland,
first heard by Barbra during undergraduate studies at the University of
Western Ontario. This arrangement is for two harps, and Barbra plays both
parts on the recording.
"Lakes of Pontchartrain" is a southern American folk song. Barbra first
heard Pamela Bruner sing it at the Somerset Folk Harp Festival, fell in
love with it, and made this arrangement for solo harp. It has become her
"Sonatina in C" by Muzio Clementi [Allegro, Andante, Vivace]is another
piece played by many beginning pianists. Barbra has arranged it for solo
harp, and has given it a more relaxed feel.
Cuts from the CD have been played on KRVS ["Harpestry" hosted by Valerie
Green] and WETA [Mary Cliff's "Traditions".]
Since its coming onto the market, Barbra's CD has received kudos from many
Gerry Serviente, Founder and Director of the Somerset Folk Harp Festival,
says simply, "Love your CD!"
This is echoed in the words of piano technician from Baltimore, Dale Smith,
"I thoroughly enjoyed your harp music CD. I was especially fond of the
hymns, which started off with one of my favorites, Be Thou My Vision.
Congratulations on a fine recording!"
A good friend described the music as "soft, soothing, precise, familiar,
and beautiful!" Another said that it should be marketed for meditation
purposes, because it was "better than a lot of others out there.".
Still another said: "I keep it in my car for soothing effect. I LOVE it."
He is ordering 2 more copies for his sisters who are Massage Therapists.
A Massage Therapist in my area uses it in his sessions, with rave reviews.
A local physician played it in her waiting room with the result that one of
her patients requested a copy.
The list goes on . . . .
1. Musette - Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach
2. Musette - J.S. Bach
3. Minuet - Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach
4. Huron Carol - Traditional
5. Slane/Nettleton - Old Hymn Tunes
6. She's Like the Swallow/I'se the Bye - Traditional
7. Lakes of Pontchartrain - Traditional
8. Sonatina in C - Muzio Clementi - Allegro
9. Sonatina in C - Muzio Clementi - Andante
10. Sonatina in C - Muzio Clementi - Vivace