Maeve Gilchrist Edinburgh born harpist and composer has been credited as an innovator on her native instrument and taken the Celtic (lever) Harp to new levels of performance and visibility. Currently based in the Hudson Valley, NY, Maeve travels the world as a soloist and taking part in many innovative projects As a composer, Maeve straddles the worlds of folk and classical with pieces including her original concerto for symphony orchestra and harp (a co-commission with Luke Benton). She is a regular visiting artist at the Berklee College of Music and has had a number of instructional books published. Maeve has released a number of albums. Her most recent, TheHarpweaver was described by the Irish Times as “buoyant, sprightly and utterly beguiling….a snapshot of a musician at the top of her game”. Maeve is the co-music director of the WGBH holiday show, a Christmas Celtic sojourn and the co-artistic director of the brand new Rockport Celtic Music festival; an innovative new festival focused on cross-curation and the outer-fringes of Celtic Music.
Su-a Lee is one of Scotland’s most versatile, adventurous and charismatic cellists. She has worked with rock icons Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce (Cream); jazz musicians Peter Erskine (Weather Report) and Thomas Strønen; Indian sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Scottish folk-electronica pioneer Martyn Bennett. As Assistant-Principal Cello of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Su-a works extensively within the UK classical music scene, with the innovative Mr. McFall’s Chamber and is in great demand as a collaborator in the Scottish folk and jazz scene. She has a passion for community education and music therapy, working with dementia programmes in hospitals throughout Scotland. She regularly tutors for NYOS, NYOGB, Benedetti Foundation and youth orchestras around the world and is Patron-in-Chief of the Perth Youth Orchestra.
Fergus McCreadie is a complete and well-rounded musician. A pianist and composer he is as at home with traditional music as he is with Jazz. His innovative music fearlessly and stylishly draws on these genres to produce mesmerising compelling and exciting music. His own Trio features piano, drums and bass and for EIHF he transfers his skills to the harmonium in the premiere of the Sharmanka Suite.
Ruth Nelson The Belfast born viola player is a regular guest at chamber music festivals including Southwell Music Festival, Cervo Chamber Music, St Endellion Festival and Musicfest Aberystwyth. Now based in Glasgow, recent highlights include appearances with Aurora Orchestra, Spira Mirabilis, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and 12 Ensemble. She currently works with students at the Junior Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Benedetti Foundation.
Aidan O’Rourke grew up in an Irish family in Argyll and learned fiddle in Oban in the West Highland style. As a performer he has collaborated with countless distinguished traditional musicians, notably with Lau who won Best Group at the BBC 2 Folk Awards an unprecedented four times. As a composer, major projects of recent years include the epic tune-cycle 365 and the music for the first ever feature-length Gaelic cinematic documentary, Iorram. Aidan teaches at University of Ulster and has been a regular guest tutor at Newcastle University and University of Limerick.
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