Sue Richards

Most Popular Works
See all


Born: Muscle Shoals, AL  
Sue Richards is a leading American player of Celtic harp. She has been the American National Scottish Harp Competition Champion four times. Richards is also a leading figure among American harpers as a group.

She has taught in various locations in the U.S., including the geographic corner states of Florida, Maine, and Alaska, and is frequently invited to be an adjudicator at harp competitions. Richards has been president of the Washington
Read more D.C. Area Folk Harp Society and the Scottish Harp Society of America.

Sue Richards has made over thirty record albums, including solo albums, duo recitals, and chamber ensemble recordings.

Richards is a member of the Celtic group Ceoltoiri (pronounced kwel-terry, and meaning "Musicians") and the Ensemble Galilei. The latter group is a sextet that plays both traditional Celtic and Irish music and folk music plus Renaissance and Baroque music, especially works that have links with that tradition.

Richards is based in the Washington, D.C. area. She has won two WAMMIE awards from the Washington Area Music Association for her solo albums as "Album of the Year" and "Best Traditional Album." As a founding member of Ensemble Galilei and returning to the group's second incarnation after a brief period of inactivity she has won four more WAMMIEs.

Her repertory includes music from all Celtic lands and Ireland, including fruits from her own 20 years of collecting folk music. She composes music in the Scots harp tradition, particularly for special occasions, a function that is traditional for Scottish harpers.

Her recording session work has included appearances with Danny Doyle, Jean Redpath, Bonnie Rideout, and Maggie Sansone (fellow members of Ensemble Galilei), Lisa Moscatiello, and Seamus Egan. She has been invited to the White House where she played for president Bill Clinton. Read less
Browse 1-5 of 5 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    Surrounded by Angels / Ensemble Galilei
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92210 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Anders Norudde,  Sue Richards,  Anonymous  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Galilei
    CD: $13.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $13.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 2.
    A Change Of Worlds / Galilei
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92153 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Carolyn Anderson Surrick,  Traditional,  Nicola Matteis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Galilei
    CD: $15.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $15.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 3.
    Come, Gentle Night - Music Of Shakespeare's World / Galilei
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80556 Release Date: 01/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John I Hilton,  King VIII Henry,  Sue Richards,  John Playford  ... 
    Performer:  Sarah Weiner,  Sue Richards,  Deborah Nuse,  Liz Knowles  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Galilei
    On sale! $18.98
    CD: $14.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $18.98   CD:  $14.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 4.
    The Mystic And The Muse - 600 Years Of Women In Music
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90247 Release Date: 03/11/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Erasmus Widmann,  John Dowland,  Nancy Karpeles  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Galilei
    On sale! $17.98
    CD: $15.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $17.98   CD:  $15.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 5.
    Following the Moon / Ensemble Galilei
    Label: Dorian Discovery   Catalog: 80139 Release Date: 11/20/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Kirkpatrick,  Alfons X (El Sabio),  Carolyn Anderson Surrick,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Carolyn Anderson Surrick,  Sue Richards,  Marcia Diehl,  Eric Wagner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Galilei
    CD: $16.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $16.99 Add CD to Cart