Catriona McKay – Harp
We are delighted to welcome Catriona to the fantastic line up of tutors this year.
Catriona, is a fearless explorer of the Scottish harp who is widely recognized for her dynamic musicianship and innovative style.
A diverse Scottish musician who has a unique sound fused with a daring rhythmic style. She has a long standing duo with fiddle genius Chris Stout. They explore sounds that connect and challenge through a bold and adventurous dialogue of their native Scottish music.
Catriona plays in Shetland band Fiddlers’ Bid, with Swedish nyckelharper Olov Johansson, improvising duo Strange Rainbow and the Glasgow Improvisors Orchestra.
Her exceptional inventiveness and unique rhythm harp playing combined with imagination and skill keep her at the forefront of harp playing.
Catriona’s new cd Harponium is a solo project with music composed, recorded and produced by herself.
Joleen has been playing the harp since the age of 10,and was taught by Brenda Barron at the Foyle Irish Harp School. She comes from Malin, Co.Donegal and has been playing in a group called the Henry Girls with her sisters Karen & Lorna since the age of 17, performing in such countries as Germany, Italy, Sweden, U.S.A., Scotland,(including the Shetland & Orkney islands) England & Ireland. Joleen also plays the piano and studied music at the University of Ulster,graduating in 2005. She currently teaches both piano & harp locally in Inishowen.