Sylvia Woods Harp Center
March 2013

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newA Personal Note from Sylvia Woods

Spring officially starts on March 20, so we're already into Spring Cleaning here at the Harp Center.  This means bargains for you!

Sylvia's Treasures I've decided to part with some of the hundreds of harp-related items such as figurines, posters, artwork, etc. that I've collected over the years.  I'd like them to go to new happy homes where they'll be loved and appreciated.  So I've added a new category to our website called Sylvia's Treasures.  Some were my personal copies of products that we have sold over the years, and others are treasures I have collected from other sources. Unless otherwise noted, the items are in good condition, although they may have been on display for several (or more!) years. Although most of them were not "one-of-a-kind" originally, only "one-of-each" are available now. 

Some of the treasures have stories that go along with them.  Here's one example.  When my father retired in 1984, he and my mother spent 286 days traveling around the world. While visiting the pyramids, my mother purchased a black tray with an image of an Egyptian harpist for me. The cashier who was checking out her purchases asked her why she had chosen this particular image. My mother said "it is for my daughter Sylvia Woods, a harpist who has written a lot of books for the harp." The cashier laughed and said, "I have all of her books, and I love them! I taught myself to play out of her beginning book!" Ah, the harp world is truly a small world.

So be sure to check out my "Treasures" and see what strikes your fancy.  When they're gone . . . they're gone!  I will be adding more treasures as I continue with more spring cleaning . . . so check back again periodically to see what is "new." 
I'm also selling about 50 different used LP records of harp music from the 1960s through 1980s. Many of these recordings are not available today on any media, being totally out of print. These LPs are not listed on my web site. Please email me at if you're interested in more information about these used LPs of harp music.

Sale2"Wearing of the Green" SaleHarp with Shamrocks

Save 15% on select green products with our promo code 


In past years, we've featured Irish products in our March St. Patrick's Day sale.  This year, we're featuring 12 products that are green in color (at least in part), or have green covers. Some (but not all) have an Irish theme.


The following 12 products are on sale at through March 31, 2013.  To get the 15% discount enter the code word green in the Promo Code box on your shopping cart page and click "Enter Code". For more information, see the "Save 15%" section at the bottom of this newsletter.  

Irish Linen Tea Towel 

This lovely dark green and white tea towel is woven in Northern Ireland of 57% linen and 43% cotton jacquard. The squares feature harps, celtic crosses, shamrocks, and other Irish symbols and designs.
Its ample 20" x 30" size makes it perfect for accompanying your tea service, drying your dishes, or hanging on your fridge or wall as a decoration.


Product #8642t

Regular Price: $9.95
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Irish Weave Tea Towel
 This lovely cream-colored tea towel features 4 famous emblems of Ireland: The Irish Harp, The Claddagh Ring, The Celtic Cross, and The Irish Shamrock. They are surrounded by Celtic knotwork in greens, reds, blues, and yellows. This 18" x 26" machine-washable, 100% cotton tea towel can be used as a towel, or hung on display. The harp on the towel is 4.5" tall. Imported from Ireland.


Product #8726t

Regular Price: $6.95
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Irish Harp Mug 
Irish Harp Mug

This is our favorite mug!
Our Irish Weave bone china mug is a perfect size, with a very comfortable handle. The intricate Celtic knotwork provides a beautiful frame for the 2 Irish harps (one on the front, and one on the back). The mug is cream-colored, with blue, red, green, and yellow decorations.
An added bonus is that this mug is both dishwasher- and microwave-safe. Imported from Ireland.


Product #8724m

Regular Price: $ 
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Stained Glass Ornament

This stained glass harp will add color and sparkle to your home. When hung as an ornament, it will beautifully reflect the lights of your Christmas tree, or the glow of candlelight.
It can also be hung in a window, to create rainbows. It is 3" tall, and includes a forest green, satin ribbon for hanging.
Imported from Ireland.
Product #8725o

Regular Price: $
     Newsletter Sale Price: $10.16

Stained Glass Panel
This brightly-colored stained glass window panel features an Irish harp, with Celtic knots and shamrocks. "Irish Harp" is written on the bottom section of the panel. The panel is 8" tall, 4" wide, with an attached chain. Imported from Ireland. This item is already on sale at 25% off, so now you'll save even more!
Product #8735s

Original Price: $
Current Sale: $16.45
     Newsletter Sale Price: $13.98
Stained Glass Mirror Magnet

This unique stained glass magnet is decorated with an Irish Harp, surrounded by interlacing Celtic knots. The hand-painted colors of red, green and yellow are enhanced by the bright reflection of light in the mirror surface. Add this unique magnet to your collection!
Imported from Ireland.
Product #8733m

Regular Price: $
     Newsletter Sale Price: $4.21

Solos for Sonja Book 2  
The books in the Sonja series, subtitled "Easy pieces for small fingers" are for kids just starting the harp. The pieces in the "Solos for Sonja" books are longer and a bit more advanced than those in the "Songs for Sonja" books, although still for beginners. They feature arpeggios and scale passages. Book 2 has 12 pages of music, and includes 4-note chords.    


 Product #7322b

Regular Price: $11.95

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Manx Music Book  

Manx tunes are from the Isle of Man, a small ancient kingdom set in the middle of the Irish Sea at the center of the British Isles. This book by Manx harper Charles Guard includes 18 harp solos, 4 harp duets, and 3 songs arranged for voice and harp. All in the key of C or in sharp keys, arranged for intermediate harp players, with no fingerings. 56 pages..


 Product #7251b

Regular Price: $19.95

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More the Merrier  

These fun arrangements by Kim Robertson and Laura Zaerr are for ensembles of 2 or 3 harps. The 4 popular Celtic tunes are Arran Boat Song, Butterfly Jig, Buzzy Chanter and Pibroch of Black Donald. Each harp player will need their own book. 58 pages, spiral-bound. This book is already on sale at 25% off, so now you'll save even more!


 Product #7539b

Regular Price: $19.95

Current Sale: $14.95
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Tender Shepherd CD  


Tender Shepherd is subtitled "Lullabies For All The Ages Arranged For Celtic Harp." Kim Robertson plays melodies for quiet times, bringing her special touch to favorites old and new from around the world. Besides harp, some of the tracks include violin, viola, cello, vibraphone and mandolin.


 Product #2519d

Regular Price: $15.95

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Golden Lights and Green Shadows  

Grainne Hambly from County Mayo is an internationally recognized exponent of the Irish harp, and is in great demand as a performer and teacher, both in Ireland and abroad. This is her second solo harp CD of traditional Irish reels, jigs, hornpipes, and slow airs. Liner notes on all of the pieces are included.


 Product #2260d

Regular Price: $14.95

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 3 Harps for Christmas  Vol. 1 CD by Sylvia Woods

3 Harps for Christmas #1

 These lovely Christmas carols are performed by Sylvia Woods on three special harps: a nylon-strung Neo-Celtic harp, a wire-strung ancient Celtic harp, and a Triple-strung harp. Each carol is performed by Sylvia on 1, 2, or 3 harps, with no other accompaniment. Volume 1 contains 28 traditional carols.  


Product #1225d

Regular Price: $14.95
Newsletter Sale Price: $12.71
Article2Landfill Harmonic  Landfill Harmonic


We are so blessed to live in countries where musical instruments are readily available.   Not everyone is so lucky. 


Prepare to be inspired!  


"Landfill Harmonic is an upcoming feature-length documentary about a remarkable orchestra from a remote village in Paraguay, where its young musicians play with instruments made from trash."   


You can watch the inspiring trailer for the upcoming documentary by clicking on the video on the Creative Visions Foundation page. You can also get more information on the Landfill Harmonic Facebook page.   The full documentary is scheduled to be released in 2014.  


Here's more information from the Landfill Harmonic Facebook page:

Cateura, Paraguay is a town essentially built on top of a landfill. Garbage collectors browse the trash for sellable goods, and children are often at risk of getting involved with drugs and gangs. When music teacher Fabio set up a music program for the kids of Cateura, they soon have more students than they have instruments.

That changed when Szaran and Fabio were brought something they had never seen before: a violin made out of garbage. Today, there's an entire orchestra of assembled instruments, now called The Recycled Orchestra.

Our film shows how trash and recycled materials can be transformed into beautiful sounding musical instruments, but more importantly, it brings witness to the transformation of precious human beings.


"The world sends us garbage . . . We send back music." 

winnerReview-It Winner


Needlework Harp OrnamentThis month's Review-It winner is Marilyn Newman from Port Royal, Virginia for her review of our Needlework Irish Harp Ornament.

"Gorgeous sophisticated ornament - nice size - elegant and cheerful. Prettier than the picture."

Here's what Marilyn told us about herself. Marilyn and her Ravenna 34

"I started learning to play the harp as a 'retirement project' - after a highly technical career.  I started with a sweet 22-string harp my husband, Mike, gave me for Christmas.  In several months I needed a full strung lever harp.  So I was searched for a good used harp and found a perfect burgundy color Dusty Strings Ravenna 34-string harp with levers on all strings.  Then I was off and rolling with my terrific harp teacher, Mary Triola, in Fredericksurg, VA.  She is a wonderful teacher, knows how to keep me motivated, and bends with my older person's hands and shoulders issues.  I started out learning Celtic tunes and hymns.  Now I'm learning old musical tunes to play for folks in a nursing home.  I also play occasionally for church and for our local Independence Day celebration.  I just purchased a custom made 30/30 double harp made by luthier Robert Cunningham in Atlanta.  That's my next challenge.  Touching the harp has changed my life in many positive ways and has given me a strong and challenging focus since retirement.  I love going to harp weekends and classes to learn more and meet other harpists - they are just great fun creative people!


This photo is my Ravenna at the 2012 Historic Port Royal (Virginia) Independence Day Celebration.  I learned sixteen well known patriotic songs for the celebration, and it forced me to make lever changes while playing the tunes." - Marilyn

Our lovely needlework ornament is already on sale at  for $9.65, which is over 25% off the original price of $12.95.  Through March 31, 2013 you can get an additional 15% discount by entering the code word green in the Promo Code box on your shopping cart page and clicking "Enter Code". For more information, see the Save 15% section at the bottom of this newsletter.
reviewWin 20 harp dollars with our Review-It contest
Review It Winner LogoShare your thoughts about the wonderful products offered on our website and you could win $20 towards your next online purchase. It's easy. Here's all you do:
#1. Go to the product page of your favorite product.
#2. Click on "Write Your Own Review," which you'll find right below the product name and number.
#3. Fill out the form to write and submit your review.

That's all there is to it! Each newsletter will announce our most recent "REVIEW-IT" winner. You can review as many products as you'd like. Each review you submit will give you another chance to win.  Go to and start reviewing!

codeOur newsletter promo codes are only redeemable on-line, and can only be used for the products featured in the sale section of this newsletter. They are not valid for phone, fax, e-mail, or in-store orders. This month's code word is green and it is good for 15% off select products.


Here's how to get your newsletter discount at 

#1. Put the items you want to purchase in your cart. 
#2. On the page where you view the items in your cart, type this month's code word
green in the "Promo Code" box, and click on "Enter Code."
The actual price of the featured sale products on this page will then automatically change to reflect the discount. You'll also see a note below the Promo Code box saying the name of the promo code you entered, and the percentage amount of the discount.  


REMEMBER:  you must enter the this month's code word green in the Promo Code box and click "Enter Code" on your shopping cart page by March 31 to get the discount!
If you forget, or if you have trouble adding it to your order,
email us immediately.  
Offer Expires: March 31, 2013
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