Mary and Patsy first met during a Clarsach Society summer school in 1977 and then again in 1981 in Edinburgh University’s Celtic Studies Department. They shared a love of Scottish and Gaelic music and song and began playing together, sparking off each other’s ideas and composing their own pieces to add to the rich seam of Scottish music.
After graduating in 1985, they toured extensively, releasing several recordings as Sìleas and with the groups Clan Alba and The Poozies. In Sìleas, the intricacy of their interwoven harps is heard in its most pure and beautiful form alongside the magical harmonies of their Gaelic and Scots song.
Over the last decades they have inspired many, taking the clarsach to places “it may never recover from”!
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