Published: 08/07/2014 11:55 - Updated: 08/07/2014 12:16

Cromarty festival harps on

Corrina Hewat.
Corrina Hewat.

This year in Cromarty, as part of the annual Harp Village, a brand new suite of music will be written based on the theme of Cromarty and homecoming. Three of Scotland’s finest harpers, Corrina Hewat, Mary Macmaster and Patsy Seddon are currently working on their tunes and this will ultimately be arranged into a suite of music which will be performed by the harpers at the Friday night concert. The Harp Village weekend is aimed at absolute beginners through to advanced players and the concert on Friday September 19th at 7.30 at the Stables is guaranteed to get the weekend off to a tremendous start.

The specially commissioned tunes will also provide the material for the workshop tuition over the weekend. Workshops will be taught in all ability levels and it is a mark of the harpers talents that their tunes will be taught and learned by harpers at any stage of their harp playing.

The final concert on Sunday afternoon will feature the Cromarty Suite played by the professional harpers and all the students who have attended the Harp Village.

Tutors this year will also include Heather Yule who will be concentrating on the complete beginners and from Belfast, a new face to Cromarty, Una Monaghan.

Una specialises in traditional Irish harp playing as well as working with newly composed pieces, electronics and improvisation. She will also be doing a special demonstration workshop on motion sensor and the harp on Sunday afternoon.

Whether you want to improve your playing, learn to play faster, build up your repertoire or meet other harp players and enthusiasts, this weekend is the perfect place, with workshops to suit all.

And if harp playing isn’t your thing, this year we have a Companion’s Trail designed for the partners and companions of harpers who want to come to Cromarty for the first time. Let us know if you are interested.

Application forms are now available to download from the website at www.cromartyartstrust.org.uk

For any more information and a rundown of the workshops and costs, please get in touch with Caroline Hewat, Arts Development Manager or Gail Stuart Martin, Administrator at

Cromarty Arts Trust, P: 01381 600354 or email at info@cromartyartstrust.org.uk

Musicians’ Biogs

Corrina Hewat: Raised on the black Isle and a former student at Fortrose Academy, Corrina’s career now covers harp playing, tuition and singing all over the world. She is co-founder & co-musical director of the extravagant 22-piece Unusual Suspects - the folk big band dubbed The Scottish National Folk Orchestra “one of the most exciting bands I’ve ever seen” quote Mike Harding Radio 3. She is also a skilled and innovative composer and arranger, having written many large scale commissions, while also musically directing various and diverse music events. Corrina is a founder member of distinct bands such as Bachue, Chantan and Shine and is currently working on new material with the Corrina Hewat Band.

Mary Macmaster Best known for her pioneering work with the metal-strung clarsach and the fantastic Camac electro-harp, Mary Macmaster is also a fine singer of Gaelic and English language songs.

During the last twenty years she has toured extensively with Sileas and The Poozies. At home she has collaborated live and in the studio with many of the most talented musicians in Britain

Patsy Seddon: A versatile and experienced musician, who sings in Gaelic, English and Scots, and also plays the Scottish fiddle in a variety of settings. Patsy regularly performs with bands and solo, in concerts, at festivals and at private events. She has toured extensively with Mary Macmaster and the Poozies. She is in great demand as a teacher of harp and of singing, in schools, on University courses, in workshops and for private pupils. She has performed all over the world, and speaks German, Gaelic and French.

Heather Yule: Heather is an established harp teacher in Scotland. She has taught and performed on the clarsach throughout Scotland and at various events in the USA and Cape Breton, Canada. She also performs in Europe and North America as a traditional storyteller, combining harp music and stories in a unique way.

Úna Monaghan plays harp, composes music, and also plays concertina.

She is currently a PhD student at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) in Belfast, researching the boundaries of Irish Traditional Music Performance, including improvisation and live electronics.

Before beginning PhD study, she graduated from Cambridge University with an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences (Astrophysics), completed a Masters in Sonic Arts at Queen’s University Belfast and worked as Studio Assistant at SARC for 3 years.

Úna performs as an Irish traditional musician, and as an improviser (Trad Noise Trio, Fuaim is Solas).

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