Erin Hill

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Erin Hill
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Background information
Birth name Erin Kathleen Hill
Born Louisville, Kentucky, US
Genres Pop, celtic, opera
Occupation(s) Harpist, singer, songwriter, musician, actress
Instruments Harp, keyboards, electric bass, upright bass, guitar, flute, fiddle, recorder, percussion, accordion, drums, hammered dulcimer, theremin, hurdy-gurdy, saxophone
Years active 1997–present
Labels Gridley Records
Associated acts a-ha, Enya, Cyndi Lauper, Kanye West, The Fab Faux, Martha Wainwright, G. E. Smith, Garth Hudson, Savoy, Four Celtic Voices, The Dream Jam Band,

Erin Hill is a New York City harpist, singer, and actress.

Her musical performances have ranged from pop, psychedelic, and science fiction to kids music, opera, and Celtic. Hill's 2009 album with her Celtic group hit #1 on the Billboard World Music Chart.[1] She has performed with Enya, Kanye West, a-ha, Sinead O'Connor, and Jewel, among others. Hill is known for her pop arrangements on solo harp, playing and singing everything from Bowie, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young to Prince, The Police, Avril Lavigne and Lady Gaga.

As an actress, she has appeared on Broadway,[2] film, and television,[3] most notably as the Pretty White Girl on Chappelle's Show.[4] She is an actor, composer and screenwriter in the film Clear Blue Tuesday, about which the New York Times said: "Erin Hill, as a giddy, harp-playing Trekker, stands out… The best and funniest scene in the film is Ms. Hill's".[5] USA Today premiered her sci-fi music video "Lookout, Science" in 2012. Hill's "Lookout, Science" and "Giant Mushrooms" music videos were featured in the Dragon Con Independent Film Festival 2012.[6]

Hill won a 2013 Independent Music Award for her song "Stun," from the Erin Hill & her Psychedelic Harp album Girl Inventor.[7] She did Original Music and Sound Design for the 2013 Drama Desk Award-nominated That Play: a Solo Macbeth.[8] She was featured in an HBO Game of Thrones 2013 promo, playing the Game of Thrones theme on her harp.[9] Hill is also the voice and harp behind Tafne, a central character in the Android video game The Legacy of Barubash.[10] Newsday has called her "the dangerously enjoyable Erin Hill."[11]


  • World of Nickhoo by The Dream Jam Band (April 2014) Dream Jam Productions. Erin Hill: vocals, harp
  • Let It Snow by Jewel (September 2013) Somerset Group, Ltd. Erin Hill: harp
  • Girl Inventor by Erin Hill & her Psychedelic Harp (January 2013) Gridley Records. Erin Hill: songwriter, vocals, harp, keyboards, bass.
  • Leave it in the Soup (July 2010) by The Dream Jam Band. Dream Jam Productions, EMI. Produced by Rick Chertoff. Erin Hill: songwriter, vocals, bass, harp, keyboards; arranger on Shoes, co-producer on Melanie the Mermaid
  • Four Leaf Clover by Four Celtic Voices with Celeste Ray & Erin Hill (2009) Gridley Records. Erin Hill: songwriter, vocals, harp, bass.
  • Vapor by Taylor Barton with Wicked Felina (2006) Green Mirror. Produced by G.E. Smith. Erin Hill: co-writer, vocals, harp, guitar, keyboards, hammered dulcimer.
  • The Fantasticks (2006) Ghostlight Records/ Razor and Tie. The new Off-Broadway recording. Erin Hill: harpist.
  • Martha Wainwright by Martha Wainwright (2005) Zoe Records. Erin Hill: harpist.[12]
  • Pyjama Party by Frederic Buchet (2005) Gridley Records. Erin Hill: producer, co-writer, vocals, harp, accordion, hammered dulcimer, analog synths.
  • Frost as Desired by Erin Hill (2002) Gridley Records. Erin Hill: songwriter, vocals, guitars, harp, synths.
  • I See a Great City by Clan Chi (2002) Crisnjoco. Erin Hill: vocalist
  • Pretty Flowers by The Buddy Scott Trio (2002) Gridley Records. Erin Hill: vocals, executive producer.
  • Cradle Will Rock (1999) RCA. Motion picture soundtrack, directed by Tim Robbins. Erin Hill: vocals.[13]
  • Cabaret (1998) RCA. The new Broadway cast recording, directed by Sam Mendes. Erin Hill: vocals, harp, flute, saxophone.
  • Night of the Hunter (1998) Varese Sarabande. Erin Hill: vocals.[14]
  • Titanic (1997) RCA Victor. The Original Broadway Cast Recording. Erin Hill: vocals.
  • Honkytonk Highway (1996) Original Cast Recording. Erin Hill: vocals, harp, fiddle, lap steel, guitar, bass, percussion, keyboards, saxophone.[15]


Year Film Role Notes
2013 A Day in the Wife Jenna directed by Katie Pawluk
2013 Jerome's Bouquet Good Samaritan #1 directed by Chris Calkins, Bebe Neuwirth
2009 Clear Blue Tuesday Etta Cummins also screenwriter and composer[16]
2009 Red Hook Westie Girl[17] uncredited
2000 Loser Dancer / Lulu uncredited
1999 Cradle Will Rock Sandra Mescal directed by Tim Robbins
1993 24 Frames per Second Susan Tiptree[18] CINE Eagle Award, IAC Gold


Year Title Role Notes
2008 The Sunny Side Up Show Erin the Red episode: Chica's Big Birthday Surprise!
2007 Live Earth: The Concerts for a Climate Crisis herself harpist for Kanye West
2007 Education of Kanye Part 1 herself harpist
2007 Education of Kanye Part 2 herself harpist
2007 106 Park & Live herself harpist for Kanye West
2007 MTV Total Request Live herself harpist for Kanye West
2007 American Masters Rose of Sharon episode: Novel Reflections: The American Dream

Christmas in Rockefeller Center

herself backup singer for Enya
2004 Who Wants to be a Millionaire herself 2 episodes
2004 Broadway the American Musical Sandra Mescal episode: I Got Plenty o' Nuttin': 1929–1942
2003 Chappelle's Show Pretty White Lady Singing Episode 1.2, also wrote the music for the skit
1998 Late Show with David Letterman Lulu
1998 The 52nd Annual Tony Awards Lulu original Broadway cast of Cabaret
1998 The Rosie O'Donnell Show herself 2 episodes
1997 60 Minutes herself/The Devil's Bride in Randy Newman's Faust episode: TV Land Legends: The 60 Minutes Interviews
1997 Macy's 21st Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular Kate Mullins
1997 The 51st Annual Tony Awards Kate Mullins original Broadway cast of Titanic
1992 Another World Annie appeared in 7 episodes


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Year Production Role Notes
2001 Urinetown Hope, Little Sally (understudy)[19] Henry Miller Theater, original cast
1998 Cabaret Lulu[20] Roundabout, Henry Miller Theater, original cast, directed by Sam Mendes
1997 Titanic Kate Mullins[21] Lunt-Fontanne, original cast

Off-Broadway and regional theater[edit]

Year Production Role Notes
2013 A Midsummer Night's Dream First Fairy/Robin Starveling Classic Stage Company, starring Bebe Neuwirth, Anthony Heald, Christina Ricci
2010 Lincoln Center's South Pacific Harpist, Rehearsal Pianist 1st National Tour (Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Toronto, etc.)
2010 Lil's 90th Musical Director Long Wharf Theater, starring Lois Smith
2008 Lil's 90th Deirdre Sundance Theater Lab, starring Lois Smith
2006 The Fantasticks Harpist The Jerry Orbach Theater, Snapple Theater Center, the Off-Broadway revival
2006 The Difficulty of Crossing a Field Mrs. Williamson Ridge Theater, Alexander Kasser Theater opera
2004 People Are Wrong! Teri Vineyard Theatre
2002 When It's Cocktail Time in Cuba Anya Cherry Lane Theatre
2001 Largo Leila New York Stage and Film, also starring Cyndi Lauper, Fisher Stevens
2000 Spring Awakening Ilse Sundance Theater Lab
2000 Night Governess Chloe McCarter Theater, world premiere
1999 A Little Night Music Petra Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Great Lakes Theater Festival
1996 Between the Sheets Lilly Playwright's Collective, world premiere, by Eduardo Machado
1995 Randy Newman's Faust The Devil's Bride Goodman Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, and American Place Theater (Lincoln Center workshop)
1994 Rent Brenda, Blockbuster Woman, Mark's mom, student New York Theatre Workshop
1994 Night of the Hunter Ruby Vineyard Theatre
1993 Honkytonk Highway Jenine-Kate Don't Tell Mama, Goodspeed-at-Chester, won Bistro Award


Soundtrack (film and television)[edit]

  • That's What She Told Me (2011) composer. writer: "The Jubilation," "Silver Feet," "No Other You." performer: "The Jubilation", "Silver Feet"
  • Clear Blue Tuesday (2009) writer, performer: "Prologue", "Reckless". co-writer: "Move High"
  • A Mock Time: A Star Trek Wedding (2007) writer: "Intro: Mock's Brain" and "Main Theme: The Bridegroom of Gothos"
  • The Shabbos Bigfoot (2006) writer: "Waking Up and No Other You". Performer: "Waking Up and No Other You"
  • American Desi (2001) writer: "Lolita (Lo and Behold)". "Performer: Lolita (Lo and Behold)"
  • $pent (2000) writer: "Do it Yourself". Performer: "Do it Yourself"
  • Bad Bride (2000) (TV) writer, performer: "Waking Up".
  • So, What's in Jericho? (1999) performer: "Precious Memories"
  • Cradle Will Rock (1999) performer: "Let's Do Something", "The Cradle Will Rock", "Honolulu", "Oh What a Filthy Night Court", "Art for Art's Sake"
  • The 52nd Annual Tony Awards (1998) (TV) performer: "Willkommen"
  • Macy's 21st Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular (1997) (TV) "performer: Lady's Maid"
  • The 51st Annual Tony Awards (1997) (TV) "performer: Ship of Dreams"


  1. ^ "Four Leaf Clover #1 in the Billboard World Albums chart". Billboard Top 200. May 2, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2010.
  2. ^ "Erin Hill on IMDB". Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  3. ^ "Erin Hill on IMDB". Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  4. ^ "Pretty White Girl Sings Dave's Thoughts". Retrieved June 26, 2014.
  5. ^ "A Post-9/11 Pop Musical". Mike Hale. New York Times. September 2, 2010. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  6. ^ "Dragon*Con Independent Film Festival". Dragon*Con Independent Film Festival. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  7. ^ "Erin Hill & her Psychedelic Harp". Retrieved June 26, 2014.
  8. ^ "That Play A Solo Macbeth" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 12, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2014.
  9. ^ "Game of Thrones: Season 3 – Theme Song Mash-up (HBO)". Retrieved June 26, 2014.
  10. ^ "Live Harp Recording Session". Kactus Games. February 2, 2013. Archived from the original on March 15, 2013. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  11. ^ "Sensual, ingenious 'Midsummer' enchants". Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  12. ^ "Martha Wainwright on Discogs". Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  13. ^ "Cradle Will Rock on IMDB". Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  14. ^ "Night of the Hunter on Castalbums". Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  15. ^ "Honkytonk Highway on Castalbums". Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  16. ^ "Clear Blue Tuesday on IMDB". Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  17. ^ "full cast page for Red Hood on IMDB". Retrieved July 4, 2010.
  18. ^ "24 Frames Per Second page on IMDB". Retrieved July 4, 2010.
  19. ^ "Urinetown page on IBDB". Retrieved July 4, 2010.
  20. ^ "Cabaret page on IBDB". Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved July 4, 2010.
  21. ^ "Titanic page on IBDB". Retrieved July 4, 2010.
  22. ^ "Fade to White movie official website". Archived from the original on December 17, 2009. Retrieved July 6, 2010.

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