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For the past 18 years, we've been making moula making music together and still lovin' it. Weddings, concerts, corporate functions, parties, showers, you name it, we play it. Well....almost. We've moved the harp in sun, rain, sleet and gusting wind. And we could not live without our music.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Here's a little teaser from our Celtic Charms CD.  It's a harp and flute arrangement we did of Carrickfergus, a beautiful, haunting traditional melody. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

They're here!!

The actual CDs have arrived and we love them!  Let us know what you think.


Monday, November 22, 2010

Arigato Pak tutorial

WOOHOO!  I just picked up our Arigato Paks and am stunned by their beauty.  I feel like each one is a little gift, created by Stumptown Printers.  In the end, Cathy and I are doing the assembly ourselves.  This has become such DIY project through and through.  

So now you know when you buy your Celtic Charms CD, each one has been lovingly folded by Nat & Cat :)  

Although it's many steps, it's quite meditative to fold and fold and fold and fold and fold and fold.  In case you want to have a Zen moment too, here's my step-by-step tutorial:  

Arigato Pak 1 of 1000. 

Step 1 - Pre-fold all the folds. 

Step 2 - The first real fold. 

Step 3 -  Way easier than Ikea.

Step 4 -  A little nudge here...

Step 5 -  And a little nudge there....

Step 6 - I should have gotten a manicure.

Step 7- Almost there! 

Step 8 - It's tricky to hold the camera and fold the last fold. 

Step 9 - Now you see the 100% recycled text...

Step 10 - And now you don't.  Tada!  

Musicians have feelings too.  

There you have it - How to Fold Your Arigato Pak in 10 Easy Steps.  Now if you'll excuse me, we have nine hundred and ninety-nine more to go.  
 - Nat. 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Seven Days and Counting

We're counting down to the birth of Celtic Charms. Our Arigato packaging has arrived at the CD pressing plant. How exciting!!! Part of the process is actually DONE!!!! Here is the real thing... not folded, of course! If you have good eyesight, you might even be able to read our playlist...

By this time next week, we will have our CD baby in our hands.  Keep checking our blog for daily specials and updates. You might even be able to hear a sneak preview of the new CD! If you read this blog and email us at harpandflute@varianteduo.com before midnight November 21th, 2010, we'll offer you free delivery on your CD order in Canada. The deals will get better as days grow closer. Stay tuned.

The Celtic Chix