Exams and competitions

It’s been a week of exams and competitions for me in a surprisingly sunny Scotland. Last Saturday I adjudicated the clarsach competitions at the Moray Music FestivalĀ in Elgin. It’s the first time that clarsach has been part of this successful competitive music festival and though it was a small field it was a good standard…

How do wire players find new material?

Over the past few years I’ve been involved with the Wire Branch of the Clarsach Society. We’re an international, scattered bunch and many folks don’t have regular contact with a teacher or group of players. When I edited the branch’s newsletter, Wire Strings, I made sure each issue had music arrangements in it, just to…

Tune for a rainy day

This track was recorded for the Harp House CD which the Edinburgh International Harp Festival released in 2004. It seemed like a good thing to post on a rainy day here in Edinburgh! The tunes are Helen’s Farewell which I composed and a traditional piece called Dhomhnuill o Dhomhnuill which I found in Frances Tolmie’s…

Welcome! Failte!

To the new blog – where various aspects of Scottish music will be pondered – especially as they relate to the harps of Scotland – the modern gut-strung levered clarsach, the older wire-strung clarsach and the buzzing bray harp!