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Harpist W06
Wales / West Midlands / South West

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This harpist was classically trained reaching "Grade 8 with Distinction" on concert pedal harp, but she now specializes in the Celtic harp. She is a full-time harpist, playing extensively throughout the UK and abroad.

In 2007 she performed as a soloist to 25,000 people in the 02 Millenium Dome and in the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the "Young Voices" Tour. She was also chosen as one of 6 winners of the "Danny Kyle Open Stage Award" at the Celtic Connections Festival 2007 - picked out from among 82 different musical acts competing for the title. She was the 'Harper of All Britain' in 2000 and won it again in 2002.

Together with her love of Celtic music, She has been studying Irish, Scots Gaelic and Welsh and has a degree in Celtic Studies from Trinity College, Cambridge.

She is one of a select number of young musicians to be accepted onto the UK's Live Music Now! scheme which has led to solo recitals in theatres and arts centres across the UK, as well as regular concert tours to a huge range of community venues such as special schools, nursing homes and hospitals.

She is fast gaining a reputation both in the UK and abroad as an extremely talented and expressive harper. Her aim is to show a new approach to harp-playing, using the Celtic harp
as a strong melody instrument.

She's first solo album 'Jumping Ahead' of Irish and Scottish harp music with backing
from a variety of world music instruments was launched in London in 2003. Her second album 'From the Crooked Tree' (harp, bass and drums) was released in 2007 and combines Celtic music with jazz backing.


She has also recorded on numerous other albums including the band
album with London-Irish Ceilidh Band 'Siansa' (2001), two CDs "Through These Eyes" and "A Hundred Thousand Angels" by pop singer Luce Drayton (in 1999 and 2000) and the album "Shake the Blossom Early" by London-Irish singer Helen Roche (2004). She has guested on the album 'Craic of Dawn' by the German-Irish band An Tor (2006) and on "Ear to Ere", an American/Welsh cross-over album produced by Red Kite Records (2007) and with Welsh trio Triban (2007).

She has given numerous solo harp recitals around the world. As a member of "The Irish Variety Show", she has been on 14 tours of the USA to 20 different states since March 2002. She has been on 5 tours to Germany since 1999 including solo performances at the 'Irish Spirits' festival in Frankfurt. She has given concerts in Amsterdam (1997), France (where she led an Irish harp workshop in Paris in April 2001), Belgium, Holland and Ireland (May 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2007).

She makes regular radio and TV appearances (both performing - and also presenting in most of the Celtic languages!) for BBC Northern Ireland, Radio Wales, Radio na Gaeltachta, ITV Wales and S4C.
 
In October 2006 she toured Nova Scotia, Canada with a group of Scottish musicians and dancers from the Isle of Barra. The tour was televised for a Scots Gaelic TV programme
"Fagail Bharraidh" on BBC Scotland (January 2007).

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