Nancy Thym stammt aus Auburn,
Kalifornien. Nach Tanz- und Schauspielausbildung studierte sie Volkskunde
und Musik-Ethnologie. Ihre Kenntnisse vertiefte sie mit Volksliedforschung
direkt in Irland, Schottland und England. Für traditionelles schottisches
Harfenspiel hat Nancy Thym mehrmals den ersten Preis gewonnen, z.B.: 1984
und 1987 bei den Santa Rosa Scottish Highland Games sowie beim Golden
Gate Scottish and Irisch Festival in Kalifornien. Zur Geschichte der Harfe
hat Nancy Thym mehrere Artikel veröffentlicht. Instrumentenbaukurse führten
sie 1977/78 nach Bayern, wo sie jetzt mit ihrem Mann und 4 Kindern lebt.
NANCY THYM is Germany's
leading storyteller/harper/singer. She is one of the rare performers who
successfully weaves harp music, song and stories together into a spellbinding
web of enchantment which transports the listeners into a magical world.
NANCY THYM, a native of California who has lived in Germany since 1978,
studied Theater, Dance and Anthropology at the University of California
at Berkeley before going on to receive her Master's Degree in Folklore
from the University of California at Los Angeles. During this time she
built her rod puppet "Jack" with which she enhances her children's programs.
She deepened her knowledge of traditional music and narrative with field
studies of singers and storytellers in Scotland and Ireland.
NANCY THYM has concentrated on medieval and Scottish songs and ballads
and the role of the harp in traditional narrative and song as well as
unique areas such as the repertoire of the wandering German hook harp
players and the music of the Norwegian Krogharpe.
Most often the harp plays an important role in her stories which range
from medieval romances and lays to traditional tales from the German and
Celtic regions. She also performs stories for children with the rod puppet
"Jack". Music and songs from the respective countries and periods are
carefully selected and performed on appropriate instruments from her vast
collection of historical harps.
In California she has won prizes for her traditional Scottish harp playing
including first place (1984) and the Caledonian Trophy (1987) at the Santa
Rosa Highland Games as well as first place at the 1987 Golden Gate Scottish
and Irish Festival. She played various medieval harps in the Bavarian
State Theater production "Minne, Minne, Minne" in the Marstall Theater
in Munich. For the productions "Die Stadt" and "The Hostage" at the Nordhausen
Theater (formerly DDR) she sang and played Gothic harp and Clairseach.
NANCY THYM is a regular lecturer and faculty member at the Historical
Harp Conference & Workshop held every summer in Amherst, Massachusetts.
She is often invited to give workshops on the use of harp and other instruments
with storytelling. Through the Museum and Archive for Harp History in
Freising, Germany she provides information on historical harps for harp
builders, players, journalists, museum collections, libraries, etc. She
has published numerous articles on the history of the harp and has lectured
and performed at many international harp conferences and festivals, including
the World Harp Congresses in Paris (1990), Copenhagen (1993) and Prague
(1999) as well as the International Conference of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen,
San Diego (1984 and 1992) and Los Angeles (1986).
Because she finds contrasts exciting, she also sings early Rock &
Roll and Blues songs to the harp. Harp and Rock & Roll? A rather unusual
musical style for an instrument which is usually expected to produce "angelic"
tones! But NANCY THYM has worked extensively with Rock & Roll and
Blues, which she accompanies in a rhythmic, almost dance-like manner.
NANCY THYM has produced two records; her third recording, Noah's Dove,
is available on LP and CD. "The Faithful Wife", a medieval tale with voice
and harp, is available on cassette . She can also be heard playing various
medieval harps on Margie Butler's latest release "Magic of the Celtic
Harp II -Lure of the Sea Maiden".