Russell Patrick Brown is a harper, singer and music app developer based in New York City. He has shared his music throughout North America and Europe, and has presented at: Dixon Place; Lily, Dale, New York; Mermaid Arts Centre; New York Public Library/Origin Theatre “1st Irish Theatre Festival; Bowery Poetry Club. He has worked on productions with: the WB Network, The Abbey TheatreMabou Mines, Stirling Productions/RTÉ/BBC, The Box NYC, Joey Arias, Darrah Carr DanceSurflight Repertory Theatre, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, and many Broadway recording artists. His compositions include his original folk/electronic harp music with a fusion of house, Irish traditional and rock music styles.

Russell’s love of music and dance began with his father, who played the tin whistle and provided for Russell’s education in Continental European classical music. Russell’s grandfather was a renowned accordian player and entertainer, and he danced with his mother in step dances and céilídh at the East-Side and West-Side Irish-American Clubs. He received his BA in Music at the University of Cincinnati and the Baldwin-Wallace University Conservatories of Music, where he specialized in piano improvisation and received his Dalcroze Eurythmics certification, a unique approach to teaching music through movement.

Russell spiritual devotion in his music comes from a family of Roma, Irish and Eastern European Catholic migrants, who brought with them knowledge of the Tarot, the Saints and Otherworld Communication. While practicing his jigs, hornpipes and reels on the iconically queer Christopher Street Pier, he met Celso Satori LaBeija, of the Royal Iconic House of LaBeija. With Celso he studied Satori Form, a combination of “Old Way” Vogue, martial arts, New York Club Kid fashion and embodied spiritual practices. He has also trained in aerial circus as well as contemporary dance practices with Maureen Fleming, Dr. Finola Cronin and Maria Kerin. In concert, workshops and digitally-streamed works, Russell continues to support the ancient, sacred connection of music and dance.

Private Harp Lessons

Russell teaches introductory, intermediate and advances students through video chat and in-person. One-hour long, sessions focus on developing your individual voice and is supplemented by lessons in technique, musicianship, history and repertoire. Russell has experience teaching solo harpers, harper/singers and harper/storytellers.

Four Private Harp Lessons

Four one-hour private harp lessons in-person or over video chat

Single Private Harp Lesson

A one-hour private harp lesson in-person or over video chat

Introductory Private Harp Lesson

A one-hour introduction to playing the harp

What people say

Elisabeth Vincentelli

Elisabeth Vincentelli

New York Post

"But what won me over is the fact that the evening started with an Irish dance by Russell Brown wearing a beautiful skirt. It was completely unexpected in that context, which really gave it a special kick, so to speak."


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The Two Sisters

The opening number from the 2014 show, MERCY OF TREES, presented in partnership with New York Public Library as part of Origin Theatre’s “First Irish” Theatre Festival.


The Lady of Shalott

Poem: “The Lady of Shalott” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson Tune: Loreena McKennitt Dance tune: Martin Hayes/Dennis Cahill Performed at the Irish Arts Center at the St. Pat’s for All Benefit


Russell has extensive experience playing solo harp and in groups for weddings, private parties and corporate functions. Please fill out the contact form or send an email to make a booking or for more information.

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