I started playing the clarsach (Scottish harp) over 25 years ago. I had heard a family friend, Vicki Ferguson, playing and I thought she was amazing! She became my teacher and later I was lucky enough to also be taught by Charlotte Peterson and Heather Yule.
Much of the music I played at first was Scottish which I love but I was really grateful to try some new styles of music as I grew up. Attending the Edinburgh International Harp Festival, I was really inspired by so many great harpists from all over the world.
I played with Gizzenbriggs, the traditional music group at Tain Royal Academy who played throughout much of the Highlands and even toured in Montana, USA. It was at school when I first taught the harp. After finishing school, I studied BA (Hons) New Music and Media at university in England which really broadened my horizons in music.
After lugging my wee harp around the world, whilst working and travelling in Canada, New Zealand, Central America and Mexico, I love being back home in the Highlands.
I'm delighted to be playing and teaching more again and sharing the wonderful sound of this beautiful instrument.
My young family and I have now settled in Kingussie, in the beautiful Cairngorm National Park, where I am enjoying teaching for Feis Spe, watching my private pupils achieve their goals and performing for various events.
The New Hampshire Highland Games, USA.
Gizzen Briggs 20th Anniversary concert at Eden Court, Inverness
Playing in Central Park, New York, USA.