White and McMaster appeared previously on Jan. 3rd, 2013, when their music brought poet John Tyndal to the stage.
The beauty of Jen White's harp and vocals captivated the audience then, just as it had a few months earlier at the 100,000 Poets for Change reading at Landon Library in September, 2012.
On Nov. 6th, White and McMaster will play from 6:30 to 7:00 and then again during the intermission at about 8:00.
Most of Ms White’s pieces are original compositions, both melody and lyrics. They were inspired by Celtic music, myth and story. Her songs are “woven together with old tales”.
Influences? She “likes hanging out with wyrd people”. A more likely early direction came from her father, jazz cornetist Eddie White, whom she quotes as saying: “I'm just here to play!"
In her own words: “I've been an independent musical artist since 1998, mostly since I never fit nicely into corporate 9 to 5, so I had to figure out a creative way to pay the bills and keep the wolves from the door. I hooked up with an ecclectic percussionist, Robert McMaster, around the same time, who's kept life interesting around my little corner of the world. One of these days I'll get those novels out of my head and onto the page. In the meantime, I'm having fun with my music. I get to meet people I would not normally have met, and venture off to places I wouldn't otherwise have had opportunity to visit.”
In May, 2013, Ms White tried out her political wings, competing for the NDP nomination for London West, which was won by Peggy Sattler.
Robert McMaster is memorable as the white-bearded, beret-wearing gentleman behind the huge assortment of drums, cymbals and a plate dangling with a multitude of keys, one of many instruments he puts in the category of ‘Found Sound’. Mr. McMaster is not only a full-time musician (percussion, 'Lacota flute, guitar), but is also an activist, having “seen more and more changes around me that are not good for the Earth or it's Peoples." In the past, he has been a photographer and body/enery worker (Kripalu massage).
A favourite quote: "Think outside of the box... but try not to fall off of the shelf." (I said that - Robert McMaster).
White and McMaster perform original music in concerts, music festivals, corporate events etc. They have one CD out ‘Jennifer White - Clarsach the Celtic harp’. A second CD is in production. A vocal track of a traditional song and three of Ms White’s original instrumentals have been featured on a number of world release compilation CDs.
Jennifer White’s website: www.Knockgrafton.com Samples of White/McMaster music here:http://www.knockgrafton.com/contents.html