Welcome to Harpist in the Wild!

I’m Canadian harpist and composer Josh Layne. Come along with me as I combine my love of music with my love of the outdoors as a Harpist in the Wild! 🙂

Season 3 is in the books!

Episode 1 – Uncharted Shores. Sep. 25

Episode 2 – A Bird Came Flying. Oct. 2

Episode 3 – Naderman’s Sonata No. 1. Oct. 9

Episode 4 – The Nightingale. Oct. 16

Intermission – Oct. 23

Episode 5 – For the Earth: Song without Words. Oct. 30

Episode 6 – Aurum Aqua. Nov. 6

Episode 7 – Naderman’s Sonata No. 2 in C Minor. Nov. 13

Episode 8 – my composition Nordic Spaces. Nov. 20 (Season Finale)

A stand-alone adventure sponsored by Camac Harps and The Virginia Harp Center:

Season 2, A Baroque Feast, is complete:

May 1st. Episode 1: Bach, Toccata (and Fugue) in D minor, BWV 565. Written in 1705 [perhaps…]


May 8th. Episode 2: Handel, Chaconne from Suite in D Minor, HWV 448. Published (written?) in 1705/06

May 15th. Episode 3: Vivaldi, Winter from The Four Seasons. Written in 1717

May 22nd. Episode 4: Bach, Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1. Written perhaps in 1720 or possible even earlier

May 29th. Episode 5: (Handel)

June 5th. Episode 6, season finale! (Bach)


Harpist in the Wild is a YouTube video series, organized into seasons, with occasional stand-alone episodes. During a season, episodes air every Saturday.

Read the announcement in my Feb. 15th email newsletter.

Hannah Palmquist at The Harp Column did this Q&A about Harpist in the Wild.

Past episodes and seasons:

February 20, 2021: The very first Harpist in the Wild episode!A Winter’s Day – a stand-alone episode about an ensemble piece I wrote in 2017.

Season 1, improvs, featured my small electric harp:

Episode 1 – “By the Ocean”

Episode 2 –Looper pedal

Episode 3 – “Encounter with Deer”

Episode 4 – “Ocean at Dusk”

Episode 5 – “Snow Day” (Series finale).



You can support the work I do on YouTube through my Patreon page. At the “Wild Harpist” level ($10 or more a month) I’ll display your name on-screen when I thank my patrons at the end of each Harpist in the Wild episode.

The harp that I’m using in Season 1 is a Firefly II electric harp, by a harp maker in Rhode Island – Dick Ranlet of Wickford Harps. http://wickharps.blogspot.com (I believe he is semi-retired now).

I did a Harp Tuesday episode about the harp: http://www.joshlayne.com/harptuesday/ep-111-exploring-electric-harps-part-1/