PARIS — Grammy-nominee Deborah Henson-Conant, dubbed the “Wild Woman of the Harp,” will give an encore concert Saturday, Aug. 21, at Celebration Barn.

In addition, she will take part in a workshop performance on Friday, Aug. 20, that is open to the public.

On Saturday, Henson-Conant will present her one-woman show, “Honey, I Shrunk the Harp,” showcasing her newly invented 36-stringed, strapped-on harp and playing everything from blues to flamenco while pouring out stories in words and music.

“People are often surprised that the show is so funny, or that I play the blues, or that I belt out songs,” Henson-Conant said of audience reactions. “Men pull me aside confidentially after the show and whisper, ‘My wife dragged me here kicking — but I loved it!'”

Henson-Conant has toured as a Boston Pops soloist, opened for Ray Charles, starred in music specials for PBS, hosted TV shows for BET and BBC, performed worldwide (in English, French and German), and jammed on-stage and off-stage with Bobbie McFerrin, Doc Severinsen and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler.

She has released more than a dozen albums, including three major label releases and her Grammy-nominated “Invention & Alchemy.”

On Friday, Karen Montanaro of Celebration Barn, Henson-Conant and participants in a “Performance for Musicians” workshop will present what’s described as an “edu-tainment” event. Montanaro and Henson-Conant will outline their core performing principles, then illustrate them in action on-stage with 90-second performances by both students and teachers.

Shows will start at 8 p.m. Tickets for Friday are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors (63+) and $8 for students and children. Tickets for the Saturday night concert are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors and students. Call the box office at 743-8452. Celebration Barn Theater is at 190 Stock Farm Road, just off Route 117. For more information, visit www.CelebrationBarn.com.

Grammy-nominee Deborah Henson-Conant


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