Master Of Traditional Harp Music Heads To Shambellie House

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Scottish harper Karen Marshalsay heads to Shambellie House on Friday 17 June for a concert of three Scottish harps.

Karen is a master of traditional Scottish harp music and will be playing material from her album The Road to Kennacraig, tunes from the piping, Gaelic and Scots traditions, some new tunes she has composed herself and some from the wider harp traditions.

Playing all three Scottish harps – gut-strung, wire-strung and the distinctive-sounding bray harp – Karen has appeared throughout the UK, Europe, America and Australia.

Between gigs with Irish music legend, Boys of the Lough founder Cathal McConnell’s group, Karen released her solo album, The Road to Kennacraig, in 2019, earning a four-star review in The Scotsman. Full of musical insights, her concerts take you into the timeless world of Scotland’s ancient instrument. Her performance will take place in the atmospheric setting of Shambellie House, a Scottish Baronial style house in New Abbey now opened as a venue for arts, heritage and wellbeing activities and events.

To find out more about the programme and to book your seat visit

If you are ‘harp-curious’, then leading Scottish harper Wendy Stewart will be leading a taster session on Weds 15 June for you to come and try the harp. No music experience is necessary. Wendy will provide a selection of harps, plus some extra surprise stringed instruments.

To find out more and to book, visit


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