March 31st - April 5th
Edinburgh International Harp Festival
Simply the best harp festival in the UK, with great concerts, courses, workshops and sessions. A fabulous exhibition of harp makers and all things harpy plus friendly volunteers makes this a highlight of my year and I`ll be in the thick of it teaching two courses ( Elementary Scottish tunes and US/UK songs with the harp) plus a workshop on the Macmath project I was involved with recently. Hope to see you there!
May 5th - 7th
Moniaive Folk Festival
I have been helping to organise this local celebration weekend for a few years now and we have a great line up again plus a wide range of workshops (including harp with Heather Downie!) along with lots of free children`s events and sessions. I may even get to play a few tunes by Sunday.
Sunday, May 21st
Harpa concert at Mill on the Fleet
I will be playing along with members of the Dumfries and Galloway Branch of the Clarsach Society. Harpa are a group of fantastic players from the USA who will be over here touring round the sights and playing at various venues. There will be a harp heavy session at the Craigdarroch Hotel in Moniaive on the Monday evening too!
Saturday, May 27th
Concert at St Ninian`s, Moniaive
I will be performing a new piece I`ve written as part of Glencairn`s Creative Place project. Its for handbells (The Bells of St Ninian`s!) , saxophone, percussion and lots of harps! Called ‘Ae Spark o Nature`s Fire’ it reflects a day in the creative life of this glen and its folk , from dawn chorus to star studded dark sky with a healthy dose of community discussion/argument and a lyrical waltz to bring everyone together!
I`ll also being playing in, local bass player, Stuart Macpherson`s composition which he has written for our newly formed quartet that includes Gavin Marwick on fiddle and Ruth Morris on nyckelharp.
These two pieces will be set in a whole song cycle of newly commissioned works from a range of brilliant songwriters inspired by local places and poetry – all performed by our community choir, Cain Chorus www.cairnchorus.co.uk
Saturday, June 3rd
Concert at Crichton Church as part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival.
Cairn Chorus will perform their song cycle (including ‘May the road rise up to meet you’ from Folds in the Field CD ) again but this time with backing from the Scottish Ensemble in the amazing mini cathedral setting at the Crichton.