About Clarity

about_clarityClarity (they/them) is a punk Celtic harpist living, playing, and loving on stolen xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ land. Classically and chorally trained, Clarity began a harp-enhanced life as a wedding, party, and palliative care musician, with a staid and elegant repertoire of Medieval, Celtic, and classical music. After a dangerous year in the wilds of Norwich, England, Clarity returned home hell-bent/heaven-sent on turning the conventional world of harping on its head. Springing forth as a fully developed persona onstage with the Norwich band Crosshair in 2005, Clarity has broken new harpistry ground with heavy metal, Goth, and rock covers, their own introspective compositions, and a deeply spiritual but sometimes abrasive personality. They have also since expanded their instrument family, learning guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and Appalachian dulcimer.

Having burst upon the scene at the “On the Fringe of the Fringe” debut show Clarity Arises in 2009, Clarity made appearances on the SFU radio shows “Melodies in Mind” and “Euanator Radio”, recorded two music videos with filmmaker Nathan Strijack, and  performed with various local musical acts.

After starting seminary at the Vancouver School of Theology in 2010, Clarity deepened a lifelong love affair with theology, winning three awards for their work in New Testament studies. Clarity was ordained to the priesthood in the Anglican Church of Canada in June of 2016, and now shares theological writings, reflections, and sermons on this blog.

In 2017, Clarity began to enter and share music with the Inayati Sufi community in Vancouver. Clarity has since been privileged to play informally in these spaces alongside brilliant local and international musicians, poets, and scholars such as Amir O’Loughlin, Dawn Avery, Mukhtiyar Ali, and Seemi Ghazi.

Clarity has produced eight free albums of devotional material online for Lent (“The Path of Ashes”, “Pilgrim Song”“Holding Fast” and “Sand and Bone”), and Advent (“Wild Star,”  “Sancta Viscera,”  “Come Like Frost” and “Panagia”), and a musically enhanced performance of Christina Rosetti’s haunting proto-feminist poem “Goblin Market.” Hard copies of each are available upon request for $10.00, with 100% of proceeds donated to a ministry in which Clarity currently serves. The albums are also available for download at https://clarityharp.bandcamp.com/

You can hear more of Clarity’s music on Soundcloud here.

Clarity also sings with a soul friend in a duet group called Say Goodbye. You can hear their music here.

BOOKING AND RATES

Clarity has twenty years’ experience performing at weddings and corporate or private events. If you would like Clarity to perform at your event, please email clarity@clarityharp.ca

RATES

Performances lasting 1 hour or less: $300.00

Additional hour: $75.00

The starting rate includes early arrival, set-up time, and ambient music before/after weddings or other ceremonies.

Clarity will write or send an invoice prior to the date of your event. Amounts are determined by performance time agreed upon before the event. If Clarity plays for less time than agreed upon, the amount on the invoice is still the amount that must be paid. If Clarity plays for longer, they must be paid for the extra time.

WEDDINGS

Clarity has been performing at weddings since 2002 and is honoured to perform at weddings of any faith tradition or orientation. Please be advised that at this time Clarity is not in the habit of booking more than six months in advance. Clarity has a typical “wedding set” consisting of the Pachelbel Canon as well as other wedding-appropriate music. If you have something special in mind, please let Clarity know. Note also that Clarity is not licensed to wed so unfortunately you can’t get a “package deal” for a celebrant and musician at this time!

Please be advised that weddings held outside the Vancouver area may be subject to an increase in rate for travel time. Clarity does not perform on Vancouver Island or any of the surrounding islands.