Laurie Rasmussen | The Dawning of the Day

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The Dawning of the Day

by Laurie Rasmussen

Traditional Celtic and original melodies for harp, flute and cello.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Brigid O'Malley
3:03 album only
2. Sophia Rose
2:55 album only
3. The Wild Geese
4:21 album only
4. Gaelic Melody/Star of the County Down
4:13 album only
5. The Mermaid's Song
4:13 album only
6. Éiníní
3:22 album only
7. The Dawning of the Day
2:49 album only
8. Morgan Megan
3:17 album only
9. Blind Mary/Sheebeg Sheemore
5:27 album only
10. Squire Wood's Lamentation on the Refusal of his Halfpence
3:42 album only
11. Ca' the Yowes/Swallowtail Jig
3:41 album only
12. The Banks of the Roses/My Guiding Star
3:17 album only


Album Notes
The debut recording of Laurie Rasmussen, “The Dawning of the Day” is a collection of traditional Celtic melodies for harp, flute and cello. Some of the tunes are well-known and others are more obscure, while “Sophia Rose” is an original composition.

Laurie Rasmussen has been playing the harp for over 20 years, specializing in traditional Celtic music. As a performer she has toured across the US, Canada and Europe as a soloist and in collaboration with a variety of international musicians.

In 1999 she appeared on stage nightly and served as Music Director for the Irish dance show “Spirit of the Dance” at the Eldorado in Reno, Nevada. While living in Italy in 2000-2003 she was a featured artist at Celtic music festivals around Italy and Germany, opening for The Boys of the Lough and Altan and sharing the stage with uillean pipers Diarmaid Moynihan and Massimo Giuntini, guitarist Roberto Dalla Vecchia, cellist Christian Kewitsch and the Milan-based Celtic group Inisfail.

Expanding into new genres led Laurie to capture third prize at the 2007 Lyon & Healy International Jazz and Pop Harpfest competition.

Music has been a part of Laurie's life since childhood when her grandmother bought her a piano. Although she did not realize her grandmother's dream of becoming an international concert pianist, that instrument launched her toward other interesting musical adventures: she learned to improvise while playing vibes in a jazz band; as a clarinet player she had many occasions to march in intricate half-time shows for the Denver Bronco football games and she spent a summer touring Austria, Switzerland and Germany with an award-winning youth orchestra.

After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1985, Laurie found her calling when she fell in love with the sound of the Celtic harp and built her first instrument from a kit. This inspired her interest in the building and design aspects of the harp so she moved to California and spent two years working as a luthier.

Learning about harps from the inside out was a great experience but she grew tired of breathing all that sawdust and discovered that she enjoyed playing harps more than she did building them. Time spent living and traveling in the British Isles and studying with native players instilled in her a love of the traditional Celtic genre. Consequently, her passion has become interpreting this music on the harp.

An avid teacher, Laurie maintains a private studio for harp students of all ages from young children to adult beginners and has taught beginning and intermediate classes at Ventura College. She works with the Harmonic Alliance, an organization providing private education in music to children of low income families and foster homes in Santa Barbara. A popular workshop instructor, Laurie enjoys working with group classes at harp festivals and conferences on a number of topics.



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Mary Bucher

harp addiction
After hearing Laurie Rasmussen play at a wedding I was hooked. I have always loved harp music and have several discs of it. They never seemed to be played any more because I always choose hers. When my guests hear her music they want to know how to get one. I have given many as gifts and will continue to. I hope she will make more. She has a gift for the harp that I have never heard before.

Jeanne Crawford

Time to exhale and relax...
I first heard this album at my sisters' house...she had it playing at dinner time and it was so relaxing, I had her order one for me. I live in New Jersey, where the much of the wintertime is spent indoors. Something about this album is so soothing, so warming, I would just let it play throughout the afternoons and while sitting in front of the evening fires. I find that whenever I play it now, my life seems calmer and I am more content with my surroundings. I used to play it a lot when my first child was a baby - he loved it too! Now, with two young children, my CD player has been taken over mostly by Raffi and Baby Einstein. When it's Mommy's turn, however, in goes this CD...Calgon, take me away!

Karen T

Dawning of the Day
This CD has so much appeal for everybody! It is beautiful! I have used it as a gift for speakers for my women's group. They always come back and want to know how to get more because they want it for gifts! I understand that because it appeals on so many levels. Laurie has a beautiful touch on the harp and has chosen such lovely Celtic tunes. A real winner!


Her only album?
This is delightful album full of cheeriness and heart. "The Mermaid's Song" is especially nice as other instruments (cello and flute) join in to make this song especially poignant. Come to think of it, although there are a few other tracks with additional accompaniment, the whole album could have been on a much more dramatic level with these instruments than just the harp alone. But, the lightness here is nonetheless fully enjoyable.

Jennifer Landro

Breath taking
Where do I begin! I take care of critically ill children and have seen vital signs calm when this music is played. I have also seen other nurses enter the room, and not want to leave because of the peace it brings. All my friends who hear the music, want it for themselves. It's perfect from hospital rooms, to the kitchen. It makes a dinner party great, or a bubble bath. It's stocked on my shelves as the perfect gift for baby shower, or wedding showers. It's a must have, whether your a nurse, a Mom or business owner. Give it a try, you'll to be hooked!!

Alysse Turner

Dawning of the Day
THIS is one of my MOST favorite CDs!!! Buy it now! Buy a couple to give to your friends or as hostess gifts! Laurie is an amazing artist... I especially love the first two tracks! This CD is great to listen to in the car, when you want to relax, when you have company for dinner, with a glass of wine... just make sure you give yourself a chance to really LISTEN to it once in awhile! Her music speaks to you! (And she is delightful in concert!) I can't wait for her next CD! I'm going to give that one to all my friends too!

Sue T.

A Family Favorite
We love this CD so much, it lives in our stereo instead of its case! Laurie's skill lies in her ability to interpret the music through her soul so that each song relates a beautiful story. From jigs to her own take on traditional Irish melodies, it's evident that Laurie is passionate about Celtic music and sharing her gift. The flute and cello add just the right balance to the music to complement the harp and round out the melodies. The Dawning of the Day is a must for any fan of Celtic music or the Celtic harp. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to this inspiring CD!