A short about
Rebecca Harrisson has performed on the Celtic harp at concerts and events throughout Scandinavia, the USA and England.
She often shares the stage with her husband, David Harrisson. Since 2013 she has enchanted audiences with storytelling and harp.
In the Oslo Storytelling scene, she often works with Fortellerhuset (Storytelling House) and is a founding member of the Norsk Harpeforening (Norwegian Harp Society). While originally from the US, she resides near Oslo, Norway.
Rebecca is a founding member of the Norwegian Harp Society (Norsk Harpforening) and is current president.
The long(er) version
The folk harp and I fell in love back in 1980, in a small music shop in Traverse City, Michigan. I plucked out basic tunes while my sister took lessons, but the harp never came home with me.
Soon after I started playing classical piano which I pursued with passion over 11 years until my early twenties. Disillusioned with the gap between what I wanted to play and what I could play, I stopped pursuing music.
In 2003, I saw a woman in Germany playing a harp. I remembered my first love and asked for lessons, I'm still happily playing today.
Sitting around the campfire, 40 young faces watched a ghost story come to life. Forgetting themselves they gasped, jumped and finally, laughed at the end. "That's not scary," they told each other as they turned on their flashlights to walk back to their cabins.
What started with my father telling bedtime stories and led me to becoming the storyteller at summer camp has turned into one of my life passions - finding and creating stories.
My stories come from several sources. Sometimes a piece of music unlocks a story as I learn it. Other times I find an old tale and flesh it out as the characters awaken and tell their tale.
My current project - Translating some of the old Norwegian Ballads and arranging the accompanying melodies for folk harp.
I grew up in a small town in the northern part of Michigan's Lower Peninsula - about an hour's drive from Lake Michigan. Many moons ago, I attended Michigan State University for a B.S. in Forest Conservation and Communications.
Upon graduation I moved to Alaska and then Finland, chasing my dream of working professionally with sled dogs. Finally I settled in South Germany where I became and English Language teacher. Ten years ago I moved to the Oslo area of Norway and began freelance teaching, working in communication consulting and writing. Slowly I've moved into professional harp playing and storytelling as my 'night job'.
Currently my husband, folk musician David Harrisson on the Nesodden Peninsula, about a ten minute walk away from Oslo Fjord. We enjoy working in our garden and the lively sessions in the area (at least during the summer months, no telling what covid-19 winter will bring.)