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 4 STARTS DECEMBER 10th, 2022! New Episode Every Saturday

The theme of this season is travel, with episodes I filmed during my travels this spring, summer, and fall, as well as episodes from my hometown of Victoria, BC, Canada.

Episode 1 – A Minstrel’s Adieu to His Native Land by John Thomas. Dec. 10, 2022. Filmed in Victoria, BC, Canada

Full Episode
Music video only

Episode 2 – Cherry Trees at Merchiston by Isobel Mieras. Dec. 17, 2022 Filmed in New Hampshire, USA

Episode 3 – Noël No. 1 by Marcel Tournier, Dec. 24, 2022. Filmed in Suffolk, UK

Episode 4 – Soupir by Marcel Tournier, Dec. 31, 2022. Filmed in Victoria, Canada

Episode 5 – Prelude for Lute, BWV 999 by J.S. Bach, Jan 7, 2023 Filmed in Suffolk, UK

Episode 6 – Calanais by Carol Kappus, Jan 14. 2023. Filmed in Rome, Italy

Episode 7 – Handel’s Concerto for Harp, 3rd movement. Jan. 21, 2023. Filmed at Grüner See, Austria

Episode 8 – Bach’s Gavotte en Rondeau. Jan. 28, 2023. Filmed in Prague, Czech Republic

Episode 9 – Victoria, Canada

Season 3 Sep. 25 – Nov. 20, 2021

Episode 1 – Uncharted Shores. Sep. 25, 2021

Episode 2 – A Bird Came Flying. Oct. 2, 2021

Episode 3 – Naderman’s Sonata No. 1. Oct. 9, 2021

Episode 4 – The Nightingale. Oct. 16, 2021

Intermission – Oct. 23, 2021

Episode 5 – For the Earth: Song without Words. Oct. 30, 2021

Episode 6 – Aurum Aqua. Nov. 6, 2021

Episode 7 – Naderman’s Sonata No. 2 in C Minor. Nov. 13, 2021

Episode 8 – my composition Nordic Spaces. Nov. 20, 2021(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/