I was wondering if anyone had any information on the harp being used in English folk music? I don't seem to be having much luck, as most harpists I come across play in Scottish or Irish bands. I have recently acquired a harp but am finding it difficult to find a suitable teacher. I have no real issues with learning classically, as it would be good to get some basic foundations but eventually I would like to learn with someone who can use their harp spontaneously (i.e. without always having a score and as a bit of a busking instrument) and with someone who is genuinely passionate about the English folk tradition (rather than saying "oh yes, I do folk!" and proceed to play awful arrangements of Scarborough fair and Greensleeves...)
I am based in Kent but more than willing to travel if it means finding the right teacher. Also welcoming suggestions of harpists to listen to; particularly those involved in English folk.