Harp Concert

Taking place at

The Kingdom of Fife


23 Aug


Karen Marshalsay is a master of all three Scottish harps – the warm-sounding modern gut-strung lever harp; the clear-ringing wire-strung clarsach of the Highlands and Gaelic culture; and the baroque bray harp with its buzzing sitar-like effect.

This concert features music from her new album of traditional harp music and original compositions, ‘The Road to Kennacraig’, which was released on Monday 15 July.

Her compositional talent materialises on tunes written for people and places, including ‘Helen’s Farewell’, ‘Isabel Gow’s Welcome to Edinburgh’ and ‘The Road to Kennacraig’ itself. With tunes spanning over 400 years, this first solo album shows Karen is a highly accomplished player of traditional music and a fine composer of tunes in a living tradition.

As well as appearing in solo concerts, Karen is currently a member of Irish folk music legend, flute and whistle master and singer Cathal McConnell’s trio. She has also produced new works for Celtic Connections’ New Voices series, Hands up for Trad’s Distil showcase concerts, and Drake Music Scotland. She was Composer in Residence with Harps North West in 2016. More recently, she guested with the Russian String Orchestra, playing her own compositions during the Edinburgh Festival in 2018.

Dates & Times

Friday 23 August