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CATHAL McCONNELL & FRIENDS

Award-winning Irish folk legend Cathal McConnell,Karen Marshalsay

Scottish fiddle master Duncan Wood and

Harp player Karen Marshalsay team up to present

an exciting programme of traditional music.



Cathal, a founder member of The Boys of the Lough, is an international star in every sense – this year he completed his 80th tour of the United States and recently was named Irish Traditional Singer of the Year. Cathal’s flute and whistle playing and Duncan’s unique fiddle style blend effortlessly together in a mixture of rare and interesting tunes from the 18th century to the present day, evidence of which can be heard on their recent, highly acclaimed CD Auld Springs Gies Nae Price. Part of the Festival of Spirituality and Peace.


Kathryn Nicoll is a well-known Edinburgh fiddler.  She has been playing since the age of 7, and was the Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship winner in 1993.

She is a regular at local folk clubs, having played Leith Folk Club and the Wee Folk Club recently.  She is standing in for Duncan Wood, who is unable to play due to illness.


Karen Marshalsay

Karen Marshalsay's music draws on a wealth of differing experiences, from work within the Gaelic and Scottish traditions to studies with Paraguayan harp master Rito Pederson. Playing both gut and wire-strung clarsachs (Scottish harp) as well as bray and Paraguayan harps, Karen has developed through the folk world of feisean, festivals and lessons with leading players such as Alison Kinnaird and Bill Taylor. Karen's credits have included appearances at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh International Harp Festival, commissioned pieces for Celtic Connections and others, and work as musical director of ALP's Scots Music Group Big Band.

She has taught and performed at festivals in the USA, Australia, France, Germany and Switzerland, as well as numerous home festivals and events.


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