Chapel Sessions Music are presenting The Harp Twins at St Edward’s Church on Grange Road, Netley Abbey on Wednesday 21st February.
Young harpists Camille and Kennerly Kitt from the USA, known as the Harp Twins, have achieved extraordinary success by taking Electric Harps and acoustic Concert Grand Harps to unprecedented levels and smashing boundaries between different genres of music. The duo has amassed over 1 million fans across their social media sites and over 65 million views on their YouTube music videos, easily making Camille and Kennerly the most followed and recognisable harp duo in the world. Mixing their virtuoso harp skills with their stunningly complex arrangements of rock, metal, and soundtrack hits, the Harp Twins deliver exciting and interactive performances audiences cannot forget. We managed to cathch up with the duo as they talk about the show,
How much are you looking forward to your show at Chapel Sessions, Netley Abbey in February?
We are very excited for our concert in Netley! Following the part of our UK tour in Wales, our Chapel Sessions concert will be our first ever show in England! The entire concert sold out only a couple of weeks after it was announced and we are so grateful for the support of our UK fans.
This is a very much community-based show, is this why you decided to play there?
When we knew we were coming to the UK to tour for the first time, we knew we wanted a show in the south of England. We have a lovely, long-time fan who lives in the area, and can’t travel far due to health issues. When we discovered Chapel Sessions, we knew it would be the perfect fit. John and Sonja (the organizers) are such sweet people and have made the planning process for this concert go smoothly.
Is this the first time you have visited UK?
Yes! This is our first ever time in the UK. We have toured extensively in North American and have performed in several countries in South America. We know our UK fans are excited that we’re finally here and we are quite excited, too. 😉 😉
What other places are you looking forward to visiting in the UK while you’re here?
We’re touring Wales with renowned Triple Welsh Harpist Robin Huw Bowen, which is allowing us to see many different parts of Wales. We love ruins, so we will definitely try to visit some castle ruins while we’re here. We want to see Stonehenge, so hopefully we’ll get to visit there, too.
So, being twins, do you always share the same ideas on music?
We definitely think very much the same – and being twins gives us a special connection while we’re playing harp together. We love the same music, so arranging and composing is a very fluid and organic process for us.
How proud are you to be recognised by the likes of Guns N’Roses and Ozzy Osbourne to name a few?
It’s always an honor when an artist whom we cover sees and shares our music. We fan-girled a little when Billy Idol posted our cover of “White Wedding” on his official social media sites and said: “If you live long enough you get to see this version of White Wedding.”
Will you be releasing any new cover albums this year?
Yes! We plan to release another rock and metal cover album “Harp Attack 3”. We have a few other surprises up our sleeves that we can’t reveal quite yet!
Do you play for completely different audiences in the USA?
Our fans range from young children to seniors and it’s so cool to see people of all ages, backgrounds, etc., come together at our concerts and enjoy some unique harp music. Music truly is a universal language.
So you’re are both Third Degree Black Belts in Tae Kwon Do, does this help you with your musical talents (poise, control, movements, strength)?
Our martial arts training certainly aided our lives in different ways: discipline, strength, balance and more. We’ve always been very active, very musical and very driven in life.
The Church Hall opens at 183:0 for Wine/Real Ale, Tea/Coffee. Doors to concert opens at 19:00 and the performance starts at 19:30. Chapel Sessions Music is a community led not for profit occasional music series.