John Doan will perform Friday as a benefit for missions

Emmy nominee and master harp guitarist John Doan will perform right here in Sandy this week. His Celtic performance will help raise funds for Living Way Fellowship’s ongoing missions in Taiwan and Mexico.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Living Way Fellowship Church, 39300 Dubarko Road in Sandy, will present “Celtic Pilgrimage with John Doan” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 7. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Doan’s harp guitar and multimedia concert features music from his recording “Eire— Isle of the Saints” and “Wayfarer.” The first was the winner of Best Celtic Album of the Year; the latter also was nominated.

The 20-string harp guitar aids Doan in his musical storytelling of Irish history. Of his instrument, Doan said,” It has almost the range of the piano, but it is a lot easier to carry with you.”

As a result of Doan’s popularity in performing in concert halls throughout the United States and Europe with his historic instrument, this year a John Doan Model harp is being manufactured in Ukraine.

Doan visited Sandy about a year and a half ago and gave a Christmas concert at the church, which asked that he return in March to give a Celtic concert as well.

Doan lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, Deirdra, and is an associate professor of music at Willamette University in Salem.

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