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Intersection Sessions: Christine MacPhail

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Christine MacPhail. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Harpist Christine MacPhail joins us to perform some classics,  including one of her favorite Van Morrison tracks. 

MacPhail grew up in Western Canada, and says she fell in love with the harp after seeing one in a museum as a small girl.

“My father strummed the strings and it was love at first sound,” says MacPhail.

“I pestered my parents for a good six months, and they finally bought me a little Celtic harp and found a teacher,” she says.

MacPhail says she played classical music until college when one of her friends asked her to play at a wedding.

She says keeping the harp in tune in Florida’s humidity can be a challenge, but she can play anywhere… except the beach.

“This harp is hollow at the bottom,” says MacPhail.

“I’m pretty flexible about everything but sand. A little bit of sun, a bit of drizzle of rain. It’s not great for the harp but I’m pretty flexible on all of that. But sand is just impossible.”

MacPhail performs Pachelbel’s Canon in D, Van Morrison’s Moondance  and Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years. 


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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »