My parents know I don’t travel light. When I go to stay with them for a couple of nights I always take way too much stuff – enough to go on holiday for ten days (wishful thinking?) and I’m starting to think that it might have something to do with being a professional harpist and just needing a lot of stuff when I’m out and about.
I envy the pianists/organists of this world who can just bring music and they’re done. I know it’s a pain to never be able to perform on your own instrument, but you can take the train! Yes, I see that as a perk – I guess the grass is always greener.
I played at a wedding today, here’s what I had to take with me, and what I take with me when I have any sort of gig:
– car (ok this one is obvious)
– harp (again, pretty essential)
– music stand
– tuning machine
– tuning fork
– tuning key
– spare tuning key
– ipad charger
– spare sheet music
– spare strings
– spare string anchors
– harp trolley (almost forgot!)
– bicycle pump for harp trolley
– pencil sharpener
– stand light – in case of a power-cut or, you know, nightfall
– clothes pegs in case I have to clip music to my stand in high winds
– concert dress
– concert shoes
– business cards
– my laminated ‘Do Not Touch’ sign. Indispensable.
– snacks – I try to keep these as healthy as possible, usually a banana or some cashew nuts
– book to read – currently reading Needful Things by Stephen King
– phone charger
– special chemical hand-warmer thingies – these.
– normal handbag and all its usual contents.
Phew! See what I mean? That’s a lot of stuff and I have needed it all at some point or other. I’m always finding new things that I need to bring with me.
Harpists – what do you always need with you at a gig? Do share and together we can be the most thoroughly prepared harpists the world has ever seen!