Musick has Charms to soothe a savage Breast, To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak.
--William Congreve ("The Mourning Bride" 1697)


Introduction      Demo tracks      History

Celtinalia brings together two performers with many years of diverse musical experience. Jennifer Pratt-Walter, of the Celtic Muse duo, provides Celtic harp, recorder, tin whistle, percussion and vocals. Carl Thor, of Talisman, adds hammered dulcimer, keyboard, mandolin and vocals. Jennifer and Carl have known each other for years, but only recently began performing together outside of their church community. Together, they create music to lighten the spirit and feed the soul. Audiences are loving the transcendent quality of their music — and clamoring for a recording!

Available for performance at festivals, wineries, cafes, church services, retirement communities, weddings and other special occasions, Celtinalia weaves a varied and satisfying program of music ranging from the 14th century to the present day.

Contact us to arrange music for your special event.

Celtic knotwork

Who we are

Whether from the concert stage or at the bedside of the dying, Jennifer communicates her reverence for life, her instrument, and music with her hands, searching to define and transcend human experience. Her musical background includes band, choir, and madrigal performance, study of harp, piano and fretted dulcimer, and 20 years performing with Valerie Blessley in the Celtic Muse duo. Her repertoire includes Celtic, Early, contemporary, original, and light classic pieces, and she shares her love of the Celtic harp through her teaching studio in Vancouver, WA.

Carl paints evocative images in sound on the hammered dulcimer and recalls an earlier era with his songs and piano compositions. Involved in music since childhood, during the past 20 years he has performed with Talisman, Cascade Crossing, Hands4, the Portland Megaband, and in collaboration with a variety of other musicians. Though his repertoire centers in the Celtic traditions, he has performed in marching bands and choirs, played music from jazz to Scandinavian, and produced electronic music. He teaches hammered dulcimer, piano, and electronic music.

Demo Tracks

English country dance tune from the Playford collection - harp and hammered dulcimer:

Medieval Spanish song - hammered dulcimer and harp:


Performance History

Here is a listing of the places Celtinalia has played.

Date Event Location
-- 2016 -- -- 2016 -- -- 2016 --
Sat. 6/18/16 UU Church of Vancouver coffeehouse Vancouver, WA
Fri. 4/15/16 Burnt Bridge Cellars Vancouver, WA
-- 2015 -- -- 2015 -- -- 2015 --
Sat. 12/12/15 House Concert Lake Oswego, OR
Fri. 12/4/15 Burnt Bridge Cellars Vancouver, WA
Sun. 11/29/15 UU Church of Vancouver featured music Vancouver, WA
Sun. 10/11/15 Concert at TreeSong Nature Awareness Center Washougal, WA
Sat. 7/25/15 Heissen House Vineyards Lavender Fest Battle Ground, WA
Fri. 7/24/15 Heissen House Vineyards Battle Ground, WA
Sat. 3/21/15 UU Church of Vancouver Spring Soiree Vancouver, WA
-- 2014 -- -- 2014 -- -- 2014 --
Sun. 12/28/14 UU Church of Vancouver featured music Vancouver, WA
Sat. 12/13/14 House Concert Lake Oswego, OR
Sun. 10/26/14 Concert at TreeSong Nature Awareness Center Washougal, WA
Sun. 10/19/14 Private party Portland, OR
Sat. 9/13/14 Vancouver Peace & Justice Fair Vancouver, WA
-- 2013 -- -- 2013 -- -- 2013 --
Fri. 12/20/13 Private performance Vancouver, WA
Wed. 12/18/13 Concert at Good Health Naturally Vancouver, WA
Sun. 12/15/13 Performance at Touch of Class Chorale Christmas concert Vancouver, WA
Sun. 10/13/13 Concert at TreeSong Nature Awareness Center Washougal, WA