"Having launched in Liverpool in 2009, Metal's first artist in residence is Glasgow-born writer and harpist Rebecca Sharp. This week, she will premiere The Ballad of Juniper Davy and Sonny Lumiere, a performance piece that incorporates a live musical score and design by artist Elizabeth Willow into Sharp's fantastical poetic text about a pair of Victorian lovers who live by night among the station's shadows and steam. [...]
Regulars at The Arches in Glasgow may recognise Sharp's name from two works that appeared at what was then the Arches Theatre Festival. Both Last Child in 2001 and Danger: Hollow Sidewalk in 2006 revealed an audacious new playwriting talent who grew up watching multi-media artists at the CCA and Tramway. [...] Sharp now combines her harp-playing with poetic narratives ... Her debut EP, The Mystery Workshop, released in 2009, revealed a set of fragile and ornately-crafted compositions ... a musical backdrop reminiscent of Joanna Newsom. The Ballad of Juniper Davy and Sonny Lumiere takes this approach even further. [...]"
"A city harp player is proving that tradition is no limit to creating new art work. Rebecca Sharp is at the helm of a number of new projects that are taking the traditional Scottish instrument to a variety of different places. [...] With a degree in theatre from Glasgow University under her belt, her play, Last Child, had been performed in the city and off-Broadway. But upon arrival in Liverpool nearly six years ago, her passion for playing the lever harp returned. [...]
The beauty of Ms Sharp's music - mostly instrumental, but occasionally with spoken word poetry - is that it has created a variety of musical and artistic collaborations. Her first EP, titled The Mystery Workshop, was released earlier in the year. This month she becomes artist-in-residence at Metal, the arts organisation behind the regeneration of Edge Hill Station, and is creating a site-specific work, as well as working alongside artist Elizabeth Willow. [...]"
photo (c) Stephanie de Leng
Liverpool Daily Post feature by Vicky Anderson, July 2009
Herald Scotland feature by Neil Cooper, May 2010