HISTORY the harp has been used in public and
religious ceremonies. The Celts felt it so important,
that their harpers were spared any other
responsibilities so that they would not hurt their
Steve carries on this tradition by
playing his harp at various functions in the Keys.
His specialty is weddings.
"I arrive early to get set up and make sure
my harp is properly tuned. Then I start playing even
though there may be nobody there. This sanctifies the
air and provides a relaxing atmosphere for the
wedding party and guests to walk into. Harp music can
be very soothing, a quality much appreciated at
weddings where there can be a lot of tension.
My repertoire includes numerous Celtic and
classical pieces along with a few popular selections.
I am happy to honor any special requests if possible.
When the bride is ready for her entrance, someone
gives me a cue and I start the processional. This can
be "Here Comes the Bride" or "Trumpet
Voluntary." One nice thing about the harp is how
it can take a piece that may be considered
old-fashioned or cliché, and give it new life.
At the moment the groom kisses the bride I hit the
"Wedding March" by Mendelssohn. This
moment, along with this music, usually results in
there being not a dry eye in the house.
After this, I resume playing as before. During
this time toasts are made, the couple are
congratulated, and pictures are taken. Only when
silence is requested or the party leaves the
reception, do I stop playing. After a while you may
not even notice my playing, but were I to stop
prematurely, one has the feeling the sky would fall.
Steve has performed at dozens of ceremonies at
nearly all the most popular gardens and hotels in Key
West. He personally knows most of the wedding
professionals in the area, and will happily discuss
with you his recommendations.
Steve is also available for dinners and parties of