What a wonderful summer I have had! It has been a big mix of things harp wise which I really enjoy, it’s nice to have such varied work to keep me busy. This summer was a busy one for weddings taking me all over the place; Nairn, Strathpeffer, Stirling, Aberdeen… with a mix of solo work and duo work with Turadh.
I love playing at weddings and particularly love the challenge of arranging specific pieces requested by the couple. I have a few more weddings left this year in Inverness and Edinburgh and can then pop my wedding clothes back in the cupboard for a while. Phew!
Turadh has had a busy summer too, but we have particularly enjoyed being able to play outside in this lovely warm weather! We kicked things off in June in Forres playing as part of their Scottish music week in a collaborative concert with Nairn Gaelic choir. We were lucky enough to perform in the beautiful St. Laurence church with it’s wonderful acoustics and even sold out of all the CDs we had taken!
We were then asked by Feis Rois to perform in June and July as part of ‘Under the Canvas’ at Eden Court. A really great idea by Eden court to set up a big canvas tent where there was live music, provided by Feis Rois, two days a week! It was a really fun vibe and so nice to be able to soak up some sun while playing.
I then took myself off on holiday to France but as I can’t bare being away from my Clarsach for long I borrowed my fellow teacher and branch committee member Emma Wright’s travel harp. What a novelty being able to wear a harp on your back and easily fit it into the overhead lockers on a flight! Needless to say it was a very creative two weeks, I came back with plenty of ideas, just a shame I forgot to take any manuscript paper..
On returning to Scotland I managing to fit in lots of pupils and am delighted to have a few new pupils to add to my timetable this next session. I finished my summer off with a full weekend of Turadh gigs beginning in Inverness providing some music for Feis Rois during their ‘Youth Music Symposium’. We then hopped in the car to drive down to Edinburgh for our gig at the Edinburgh Fringe. We were delighted by the turn out considering it was not a good day for weather but a really fun gig in the end with a lovely audience. I was really excited to then stay on a few more days myself to enjoy the fringe!
Lots more to come the rest of the year including more weddings, a knitting festival, Music in Hospitals, Cromarty harp weekend, Highland Branch of the Clarsach Society AGM and much more. Stay tuned…