About

Karen Marshalsay is a master of traditional Scottish harp music. Having learnt from Alison Kinnaird and Bill Taylor, Karen specialises on all three Scottish harps – both gut- and wire-strung models and the baroque bray harp with its buzzing sitar effect – Karen has appeared throughout the UK, Europe, America and Australia. Career highlights include the Edinburgh International Festival, Celtic Connections, and the Australian National Folk Festival, work with Allan MacDonald on pibroch interpretation, with African and Paraguayan musicians and on multi-cultural projects including Yatra, which premiered at the Edinburgh Mela in 2008. As a composer, Karen has produced new works for Celtic Connections’ New Voices series and the Distil showcase concerts for the Scottish Traditional Music Trust and has published her own series of harp music books under the imprint Marsharp Music.  An experienced tutor, Karen taught clarsach at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music at Plockton for 7 years and lectured in Scottish and world music at the RSAMD.

This blog is an informal sounding board to share some thoughts on music generally, and more specifically about Scottish harp music. Comments and suggestions are always welcome!

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