Tara Minton is a harpist, vocalist and songwriter hailing from Melbourne, Australia. Since relocating to London in the Spring of 2011 she has built an international reputation as a performing artist and educator.
Tara and her trio have played some of London's most iconic venues including The Elgar Room at The Royal Albert Hall, The Pizza Express Soho, Ronnie Scott's Upstairs, The Pheasantry, Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec, Le QuecumBar, The St Pancras Old Church and Brasserie Zédel. They have toured extensively throughout the UK and Europe with notable appearances including The Camac Harp Festival in Geneva 2012, a sold out season at the Melbourne Cabaret Festival 2013 (where she performed in a revue alongside Mary Wilson of the Supremes and duetted with Olympic diving champion turned cabaret star, Matthew Mitchem), The World Harp Congress in Sydney 2014, Krakow Harp Days 2015 with renowned New York session guitarist, Tristan McCoppin, The Rockwood Music Hall in New York 2015, five sold out dates in Lithuania 2015, The Cambridge Jazz Festival 2015, Payes de Ancenis Harp Festival 2016, Squinterno Music Festival and Italian tour with Gypsy jazz outfit, Harp Bazaar 2016, Birmingham Harp Day 2017, The Camac Harp Festival in Rotterdam 2017 and the Camac Cardiff Harp Weekend 2017.
Tara's much anticipated solo album "The Tides of Love" was launched this year at The Elgar Room at The Royal Albert Hall on the 6th of April and will be released worldwide on the 14th of July this year.
Aside from live performance, Tara is passionate about music education. She conducts workshops in jazz harp with her trio as well as giving private lessons in harp and voice. She founded "The London Jazz Harpers" group alongside Brenda Dor-Groot and Zannah Evans, organizing regular meets and harp jams to promote the culture of improvisation in the harp community in London.
Tara is proudly endorsed by Camac Harps.
"I recommend her highly, to everyone interested in an artist whose musical expression is equalled only by her warmth and integrity." - Jakez Francois, Director of Camac Harps.
"An astonishingly gifted performer who grabs hold of music by the scruff on the neck and won't let go." – Tim Boniface (Arranger, Composer, Saxophonist, Pianist.)
"Tara is a wonderful musician and songwriter. The concert with her trio presenting her new album was stylish and heartwarming. All three are fantastic musicians who clearly love what they do and shared their emotions with an enthusiastic audience. They make you feel like you're part of the family." - Gabriella Dall’Olio, Head of Harp, Trinity Laban College of Music.
"The Tides of Love is a masterpiece!" - Amanda Whiting, Jazz harp consultant at The Royal Welsh College of Music.
"Minton’s voice is clear, strong and pure and conveys a great deal of sincerity - ‘February Forever’’s verse has a tumbling flow of confessional lyrics that clearly owe a debt to Joni Mitchell, whose influence can also be seen in the swooping multi-register melody and the carefully thought out complexity of the arrangement...with the harp taking on the role usually given to the piano, adding an attractive space and lightness." - Eddie Myer, Jazz Views