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Simon Chadwick is a specialist in the ancient music of Scotland and Ireland. Simon lives in St Andrews on the east coast of Scotland, and has been studying and teaching the clarsach or Gaelic harp since 1999. He has made four CDs of historical Scottish and Irish music.
In 2007, Simon commissioned a replica of the medieval Queen Mary harp held in the National Museum of Scotland, from the Irish sculptor, Davy Patton. This beautifully decorated instrument with its precious metal strings forms the inspiration for Simon’s investigation of the old traditions.
Simon performs solo unaccompanied, creating a lush and mesmerising sound from the stunning replica of the Queen Mary harp. From short sets as part of a festival or event, to formal evening concerts, he specialises in tailoring the music presented to the location and theme of the event. Simon also works with Gaelic singer Gillebrìde MacMillan in a duo presenting ancient Gaelic poetry chanted to harp accompaniment.
Cumh Peathar Ruari, or Rory Dall’s Sister’s Lament, by Ruaidhrí Dall Ó Catháin (1570-1650), from the CD Old Gaelic Laments (EGH2, 2012): mp3 download, 1.8MB, 1:59
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