Muppets cartoonist Guy Gilchrist creates magical “Rainbow Connection” for viral harp duo, The Harp Twins
As world-renowned illustrator best known as Jim Henson’s cartoonist for his work on the “Muppets” daily comic strip, Gilchrist is pleased to announce his collaboration with Camille and Kennerly Kitt for their upcoming music video premiere this Friday (January 21) on the duo’s YouTube channel (CamilleandKennerly).
The Harp Twins, who are known for their unique harp arrangements and unusual harp covers of hits by artists such as Billy Idol, Iron Maiden, and Metallica, have amassed over 2.5 million fans on social media and over 135 million views. The viral duo will utilize Gilchrist’s illustrations to establish the magical setting for their rendition of the Paul Williams/Kenneth Ascher masterpiece.
“When we started arranging this song for two harps and voices, we were thinking about how incredible it would be to include Guy,” stated the sisters who had formed a friendship with Gilchrist over the course of several Comic-Cons where the duo and illustrator both appeared.
“I was so honored to be able to work on this project with them,” says Gilchrist. “Not only are the girls incredibly talented and have a promising future in front of them, but it allowed me to revisit <this> in a new and unique way and help introduce it to a whole new generation.”
“We love the idea that art and music are magic,” state Camille and Kennerly. “There is something so special and poignant about <this project> and we hope that our arrangement and video capture that magical spirit. In a world that seems to be becoming increasingly negative, we hope that our music will bring positivity, love, and light…like the songs says, ‘someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection, the lovers, the dreamers and me.’”
Originally sang by Kermit the Frog, and performed by pioneering puppeteer Jim Henson in the 1979 film, The Muppet Movie touched a deep nerve with audiences and reached No 25 of the Billboard Hot 100, remained in the Top-40 charts for seven weeks, and was nominated for Best Original Song at the 52nd Academy Awards. Last year, the film was selected by the preservation by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry.
Both Muppets cartoonist Guy Gilchrist and the viral harp duo, The Harp Twins Camille and Kennerly Kitt will be at the NorthEast ComicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza March 11-13, 2022 offering Celebrity Photo Ops And Autographs and more! Don’t miss out and get your tickets now https://www.eventbrite.com/
Illustrations appeared in music video 1/21/2022 at 6pm EST on YouTube
ABOUT THE HARP TWINS:
Identical twin harpists Camille and Kennerly Kitt, known as the HARP TWINS, have achieved extraordinary success by taking Electric Harps and Concert Grand Harps to unprecedented levels and smashing boundaries between different genres of music. The twins’ ability to reinvent the harp has given them the opportunity to represent the United States at four different World Harp Festivals. The duo has amassed over 2.5 million fans across their social media sites and over 135 million views on their YouTube music videos, making Camille and Kennerly the most followed and recognizable harp duo in the world.
Mixing their virtuoso harp skills with their stunningly complex arrangements of rock, metal, Celtic, Renaissance, and soundtrack classics – as well as Celtic Nordic inspired original songs – the Harp Twins deliver exciting, comedic, and interactive family-friendly performances that audiences cannot forget! To read more about The Harp Twins, please visit www.HarpTwins.com.
Friday, March 11: 5:00 – 5:45 pm
Saturday, March 12: 2:00 – 2:45 pm
Sunday, March 13: 11:00 – 11:45 am
See The Harp Twins Camille and Kennerly Kitt Live In Concert at the NorthEast ComicCon March 11-13, 2022 at the Boxboro Regency Hotel Boxborough MA.
ABOUT GUY GILCHRIST:
World-renowned illustrator, author, comic strip artist, and songwriter,Gilchrist is best known as Jim Henson’s cartoonist. He created the “Muppets” comic strip (printed worldwide in 660-plus newspapers daily from 1981 to 1986), and was instrumental in Henson’s “Fraggle Rock,” and the creation of “The Muppet Babies.” Some of his iconic Muppets artwork was enshrined in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. and his work was declared a National Treasure in 1984 by First Lady, Nancy Reagan.
Throughout the years, Guy Gilchrist has set his hand to some of the most beloved, high-profile cartoons, such as “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Looney Tunes,” “Tom & Jerry,” “Tiny Toons,” “The Pink Panther,” “Minnie Mouse,” as well as “Nancy,” created in 1938 by Ernie Bushmiller. For over 22 years (from 1995 – 2018), Guy continued the story of Nancy, Sluggo, Aunt Fritzi and all the characters of the internationally distributed strip before stepping away to pursue other interests.
Gilchrist is also an award-winning writer and illustrator of children’s books (42 titles to his name, including the acclaimed “Night Lights & Pillow Fights”), garnering Reuben Awards from the National Cartoonists Society in the Best Book Illustrator category in both 1998 and 1999, and three Children’s Choice Awards by the International Reading Council.
Guy Gilchrist at the NorthEast ComicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza March 11-13, 2022 offering Celebrity Photo Ops And Autographs and more!
Don’t miss this celebrity collaboration of the Rainbow Connection on YouTube!
ABOUT THE NORTHEAST COMICCON & COLLECTIBLES EXTRAVAGANZA:
NorthEast ComicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza Cabin Fever Show, March 11-13, 2022, returns to Boxboro Regency Hotel in Boxborough, MA for 3 days of Collectors’ and Fans’ Experiences. Vendors selling comics, toys, art, books, memorabilia, crafts and pop culture collectibles. Celebrity Guests signing autographs and offering selfie photo ops (both for a fee), along with Comic book artists, writers and creators will be announced on the website www.NEComicCons.com.
First Celebrity Guest announcement is Akira Takarada, star of the original 1954 Godzilla film and hundreds of others. UPDATE: Akira Takarada had a seizure involving his heart and he is now hospitalized to recover. His condition is not life threatening, but he will need time to recover. He hopes to reschedule his NorthEast ComicCon appearance at a later date.
Celebrity Guests include Candy Clark (American Graffiti, The Man Who Fell To Earth), Vernon Wells (Mad Max, Commando), Tara Reid (American Pie, Sharknado), Guy Gilchrist (Muppets), Philo Barnhart (The Little Mermaid), Ken Wheaton (Bongo Comics The Simpsons), Keith Williams (The Phantom), and many more.
Daily and weekend passes available while supply lasts. Concert After-parties Friday and Saturday nights included in admission. Cosplay activities, photo ops, panels and presentations all weekend.
Friday March 11 vendors and artists will be open from 4:00 until 8:00 pm, with special early buyers access at 3:00 pm … Celebrity guests will be announced and schedules will be posted online. There will be an afterparty concert in the main courtyard from 8:00 until 11:00 pm featuring Karaoke with the Stars featuring Cowboy Mach Bell. Friday and Weekend attendees will be allowed into the concert.
Saturday March 12 vendors and artists will be open from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm, with special early buyers access at 9:00 am. Celebrity guests schedules will be posted online. there will be an afterparty concert in the main courtyard from 8:00 until 10:00 pm featuring Boston’s greatest party band, THE FOOLS. Hotel guests, Saturday and Weekend attendees will be allowed into the Fools concert included in admission.
Sunday March 13 vendors and artists will be open from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm, with special early buyers access at 9:00 am. Celebrity guests schedules will be posted online.
PROOF OF COVID VACCINE REQUIRED TO ATTEND – Every person will be required to show their Vaccination card, or digital facsimile.
We feel confident we produce a show that is not overly crowded, offering a better ComicCon styled entertainment event than those stadium sized shows with so many more attendees, often including overpriced celebrities and expensive parking. Come for the comfort and unique personal experiences.
Currently Hotel rooms are on sale for only $99 + tax per night when you call the Hotel and ask specifically for the ComicCon group … Tell the reservations person that you are with ComicCon group when you call 978-263-8701 to reserve your room. Each night of Hotel reserved using the code ComicCon when reserving directly with the Hotel will receive ONE Free Weekend General admission.
The show will be fun, safe and comfortable. Guaranteed Not Boring and FREE PARKING
Date and time:
Fri, Mar 11, 2022, 3:00 PM thru Sun, Mar 13, 2022, 5:00 PM EST
242 Adams Place
Boxborough, MA 01719