Elizabeth Nicholson is a Portland, Oregon-based Celtic harp player, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist. Known for her gutsy, dynamic approach to harp performance, she is counted among America’s foremost interpreters of traditional Irish dance music for harp -- a genre whose lightning-paced tempos and complex ornamentation more typically reserve it for melody instruments such as the fiddle or flute. Her harp studies have also included classical, Paraguayan, and medieval music, and she has stretched the traditional boundaries of the instrument into rock music and country blues. Also recognized as a vocalist who “sings beautifully...her singing is delicate and pure without being over-precious,”(David Kidman, netrhythms.uk, October 2006), Elizabeth’s possesses an elegant command of traditional song -- from the filigreed ornamentation of Irish Sean Nos to the bright, strident tones of Americana.
Elizabeth currently is available for solo performances, and as a member of four ensembles: “Elizabeth Nicholson & Stringed Migration” (Celtic and international roots music), “The Rose and Thistle Band” (Celtic and classical music for weddings and private events), “The Stone Doves” (duo Celtic-Americana duo with multi-instrumentalist Bob Soper), and “Strawberry Rune” (a duo with American roots artist Lauren Sheehan, specilaizing in seasonal music). She also teaches folk harp and voice, both privately and through Reed College.