W Ed Harris is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist who's passion for traditional music is readily apparent in his music. "I guess I've come full circle at this stage in my life journey, in that I've come to appreciate the melodies of times past and the impact they have made and continue to influence in today's music. I've done the orchestral, jazz, folk, bluegrass, gigs a number of years before realizing my passion for Celtic music. It has remained my main focus for over 30 years now."
Music has remained central in Ed's life since he first picked up the guitar, at age 5. "I can't imagine a life without music", he says. "I've been asked many times, when do I find time to practice, and my response is always, that's like asking when do I find time to shower or brush my teeth"!
W Ed Harris has received many music awards over the years. He recently received the Akademia Music Award for "Best Album" in the World Music category for his most recent album, "The Well Below the Valley", and he is a finalist for the 2018 "Best Artist" award. He just recently received an invitation to attend the 2019 Music Gala when the awards will be announced. He was also a finalist for the "2016 Celtic Album of the Year" for his album, "The New Bern Seisiúns" by INEC (Ireland Natl. Event Center).
"Ed's passionate musical interpretations are diverse and multi-dimensional. From traditional to contemporary, his music is sure to connect at some level with the listener" - Celtic Music Review
"...W Ed Harris' widely varied themes and aesthetic choices, is a transcendent part of the world music canon" - Akedemia Music Review
Ed has always been supportive in keeping music within the public school system, provided music for 3 documentary educational films for the University of North Carolina, and his album, "Reflections of the Heart" is being used for relaxation therapy at the VA Medical Center, where he is employed, for combat veterans suffering from PTSD. Ed is also an active member in the following music organizations: Celtic Heritage Society, TradConnect, Fiddle & Bow Music Society, Irish Music Society, and the Four Peaks Arts Counci
Membership and Affiliations (Past & Present)
BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.)
Fiddle and Bow Music Society
Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society
Arizona Irish Music Society
Grand Canyon Music Traditions Society
Four Peaks Irish Arts Council
"The New Bern Seisiúns" Feb - 2016 "Celticophilia" Jan - 2015
"Two Rivers" Jan - 2014
"Celtic Vibe" Sampler - 2013
Film and Theater Projects (Audio/Sound Effects)
"8 Weeks in March"
"New Life" - "Winner Best Local Documentary, Carolina Film & Video Festival 2000"
Theatrikos - "Radio Theater - 2013
Audio & Sound Effect Projects:
"Inner Sanctum" - Act 1
"Time Machine" - Act 1
"Fibber and Molly" - Act 2
"Flash Gordon" - Act 2
"TimberCreek" - Folk
"St. Steven's Green" - Irish/Celtic
"Homestead" - Bluegrass