Mistress Signy Dimmridaela Wins Harp Championship

Baroness Signy Dimmridaela, OL (Tracie Brown) won the 2006 U.S. National Scottish Harp Championship, held October 21, 2006 at the Stone Mountain Highland Games in Atlanta, Georgia. She also won the championship in 1987 in Alexandria, Virginia, and placed third in the 1985 All-Ireland harp competition in Listowel, County Kerry.

Competitors played a 6-10 minute program of a Scottish air and a march-strathspey-reel medley, and were evaluated on Scottish style and ornamentation, arrangement, and knowledge of the history and tradition of the music as well as technical harp skills. The traditional Scottish harp, or clarsach, is smaller than a modern pedal harp, strung with gut, nylon or metal strings, and may have levers (but no pedals) for key changes and accidentals. Two of the oldest extant Celtic harps are Scottish -- the Lamont Harp and the Queen Mary Harp, both from the early 16th century and now in the National Museum of Scotland. Images of recognizable harps appear in Scotland as early as the 8th or 9th century.

Tracie performs with Celtic favorites Banish Misfortune of Athens, Georgia. She can be heard as a member of the award-winning Washington, DC area trio Connemara on the CD Beyond the Horizon on the Blix Street label.