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Carol Farrar is a harpist based in the Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada. She has performed at many different venues in the area, including The Prince of Wales Tea Room, Art by the Falls, The Welland Food Festival, The Regal Beagle Pub, The Sheraton Hotel, The Minolta Tower, Hernder Estate Winery, and many others. Engagements further afield have included the Old Mill in Toronto,, and the Rockton Celtic Festival. Carol has performed at over 220 weddings in the last 5 years.

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As a visual artist with a degree in Art and Art History, Carol learned to play the harp later in life.

In her words:

"It would be safe to say that I did not choose the harp, but the harp chose me. It all started with a New Year's resolution, one of the few I've ever made, and within three weeks I had a harp in my living room and a teacher ten minutes away...not easy when you live in the country."

Carol began her professional harping career by playing a wedding for a friend at the famous Old Mill Restaurant in Toronto. One wedding turned into four the following year, and so on, to over thirty weddings that Carol performs at every year.

In addition, Carol is a much-sought-after solo performer, and has performed as a guest soloist with the Peninsula Strings Orchestra, Chorus Niagara, and the Rainbow Ringers Bell Choir.

Carol has performed at many festivals including the Amherst Museum Scottish Festival with the Glengarry Bhoys and Hobson's Choice. Other festivals include Art By the Falls, the Rockton Celtic Festival, the Balls Falls Thanskgiving Craft Fair, and shared the stage with the famous Irish singer Seamus Kennedy.

Carol is very proud of being a two-time winner of the Knowne World Harp Competition in Pennsylvania, with her renditions of 'Sometime' and 'Neil Gow's Lament' , both of which are on her C.D. 'red spirit rising'.

Her debut CD, "red spirit rising", was released to critical acclaim and was sold out in the first month. (more about the CD here)

Carol has also played in restaurants such as the Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls, the Pillar and Post in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and the former Shipman's Cafe,as well as for The Wild Flower Restaurant, Fonthill.