Songs & Stories
Joanna Mell is an award-winning harper, singer and storyteller, whose life work is recreating the bardic arts of ancient Ireland. She possesses a beautiful, soaring soprano voice, which she uses to transport her listeners to the enchanted Celtic Isles. She sings in both the ballad and Sean Nos styles. She has won numerous first-place awards in Gaelic singing contests and feises on the East Coast, including second place in Sean Nos singing in the regional All-Ireland competition in New York. Joanna is also an accomplished harper, being classically trained on concert harp, and also having studied the traditional Celtic harps (Neo-Celtic and wire-strung). Joanna became interested in the ancient bardic tradition of telling stories to harp accompaniment after reading accounts of the ancient Irish harpers. She now uses her voice not only to sing but to weave the spoken word with the entrancing sounds of the harp to produce a unique experience for her listeners. Joanna's CD 'Songs and Stories' has received outstanding reviews in major newspapers, such as 'The Morning Call' of Bethlehem, Pa., and 'The Irish Edition' of Philadelphia, Pa. All you need for a virtual trip to ancient Ireland is Joanna's CD 'Songs and Stories', a space lit only by firelight or candles, and a glass of your favorite beverage. Joanna also tours extensively and conducts workshops on arranging music for the harp, as well as storytelling.