Elizabeth Nicholson - Sink or Swim

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Elizabeth Nicholson is a Portland, Oregon-based Celtic harpist and vocalist.  Known for her gutsy, dynamic approach to harp performance, she is counted among America’s foremost interpreters of traditional Celtic dance music  -- a genre whose lightning-paced tempos and complex ornamentation more typically reserve it for melody instruments such as the fiddle or flute.  Her harp studies have also included classical, baroque, renaissance, medieval, and Latin music, and she has stretched the traditional boundaries of the instrument into rock, old-time, and country blues.  Also recognized as a vocalist who “sings beautifully...her singing is delicate and pure without being over-precious,” (David Kidman, netrhythms.uk, October 2006), Elizabeth's voice has drawn comparisons to 60s folk revivalists Sandy Denny and Judy Collins.