more reviews for SPARKS!!

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“an exquisite mix of style and musicality that is well paced and balanced virtuosity with reflection” , “Brilliantly simpatico duo… exhilarating adrenalin… ecstatic emotion”, “one of the UK’s finest performers and educators of the lever harp” Ahhhh, we’re super chuffed with these new reviews for our new album SPARKS, from Fatea, fROOTS and the Musician Magazine! Head over to the …

Folk Radio Review – YEEHAAAA!! 🎉

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We couldn’t be happier with this review of SPARKS from folk radio “an alluring, accessible and thoroughly enjoyable album which holds the listener’s attention throughout and fully reflects the passion that this duo have for their heritage & tradition. A real treat.” We’re so glad they enjoyed the album! To read the review in full head to :

New Album from Rachel and Ron

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Ron and I are chuffed to bits to announce that our new album SPARKS is now on sale, via this website and in all the usual shops. It’s also available to listen to on Apple Music and Spotify but we’d really like to encourage you to buy a hard copy OR in the very least download it legally via iTunes… …

New Video live from the Hebridean Island of Coll

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We’ve just arrived home after an inspiring weekend over on the beautiful inner Hebridean Island of Coll. We were playing a concert for the Coll Music Group (thanks to Enterprise Music Scotland for making it possible) and we really did have a blast meeting the locals there and exploring the island.   It’s a tiny place with just over 160 …

Manx Harp Music suite “Mannin Aboo” available for free download

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As part of the Edinburgh International Harp Festival I directed the Manx harp ensemble Claasagh to lead over 100 harp players in the playing of my mini-suite of tunes from the Isle of Man (Manx tunes) entitled “Mannin Aboo”. The pieces were arranged to be easily accessible by all levels of players, with a focus on the enjoyment of playing …


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Ron and I are looking forward to playing the world famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe THIS FRIDAY (10th August) at Venue 138, the Acoustic Music Centre on Royal Terrace. We’ve a feeling there might just be a few more gigs on that day in Edinburgh so we’d be very grateful if you could help spread the word about it and well …

Free Harp Sheetmusic Arrangement!

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Here you go folks, as promised on my Facebook page, a tune to celebrate the fact I’ve had to pay lots of £’s to get Mostly Scottish Harp vol. 2 and Claasagh vol. 1 reprinted, so here it is! I’ve actually cheated a bit and given you one from my first book, Mostly Scottish Harp vol. 1 just because, well, …

USA Again!

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I’m very much looking forward to the summer as I’ve been invited back to teach at Somerset Folk Harp Festival. I’m teaching a variety of courses. Check them out here:

Rachel Hair and Ron Jappy – new official duo!

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So in the summer I had a fab time out on tour in Europe on the Weltenklang Celtic Summer Nights Tour with Scottish guitarist Ron Jappy. In fact, we had such a fab time that we’ve decided to start to do some more playing together 🙂 So aye, expect many more Rach ‘n Ron adventures in 2018! For now though …

Instagram anyone?

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Any of you folk on instagram these days? I’m using it more and more including their story feature (when you see my insta profile pic glowing press it for daily updates!). So aye, surprisingly enough you can find me at: DISCLAIMER: I do, eh, harp on a bit… 👻  

Back in Norway

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LOVING being back and touring in Norway with the Rachel Hair Trio After today’s school concerts in Stranda and Sykkylven (thank you all for singing along so brilliantly with South Australia) we took the stunning ferry down the world famous UNESCO fjord Geiranger… I’ve always wanted to come here and despite the rain it was still SO beautiful! 

NEW VIDEO with Ron Jappy

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Check out the video page ( for a new video filmed on the last day of our Celtic Summer Nights tour in Austria. The Duke of Fife’s Welcome to Deeside has to be my favourite Skinner tune ever!

Scottish Harp Day in Peebles

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A WHOLE DAY OF ALL THINGS SCOTTISH HARP!! **Sunday the 27th August ** Can you think of anything better?? If not… PLEASE SHARE THIS POST! I’m very much looking forward to be taking part in the “Celebrate Scottish Harp Day” as part of the Creative Peebles Festival at the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles, the Scottish Borders. They’ve a host of …

Festival Interceltique Lorient, Brittany

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I’m excited to be heading back to Brittany later this week for the Festival Interceltique de Lorient… it’s been too long! I’m playing with the group Annym (Isla Callister on fiddle and Cairistìona Dougherty on whistles/vocals) )from the Isle of Man, so if any Breton friends are in the area please do come say hello! We’re playing at the Espace …

Great fun teaching in Co. Laois Ireland

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Wow. What a weekend I had teaching at the Music Generation Laois Trad summer camp in Co. Laois, Ireland. Great to meet so many youngsters loving trad music! Throughout the year Music Generation Laois provides kids from low income backgrounds the chance to learn irish music and a lot of their work is focused on both uilleann pipes and harps… …

New video from Celtic Summer Nights tour!

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I’ve just uploaded a new video (on Facebook) complete with birdsong!! Filmed on the Weltenklang Celtic Summer Nights tour that I’m currently performing on, with guitarist Ron Jappy. We played this concert in a forest in southern Austria… stunning! See it here:

Not long till Celtic Summer Nights European tour…

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Just a few days before myself and Ron fly out to Austria for the Weltenklang Celtic Summer Nights tour. Please tag anyone you know near these places (we head into Italy and Switzerland too!) 16.06.2017, 20:00, St Gerold AUSTRIA 17.06.2017, 20:00, Uster SWITZERLAND 19.06.2017, 20:00, Korneuburg AUSTRIA 20.06.2017, 20:00 St Polten AUSTRIA 21.06.2017, 20:00 Vienna AUSTRIA 22.06.2017, 20:00 Innsbruck AUSTRIA …

Shetland Tour Day 5

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I’m currently spending a week touring the Shetland islands bringing my harp, tunes and stories in live performances to patients, residents, children and staff at 10 different care settings across the islands. The trip is being organised by the fantastic organisation Music in Hospitals Scotland and has been made possible thanks to Total E&P UK Limited. Today started with a …