Karen Marshalsay

Karen Marshalsay

February 18, 2023
Start time - 20:00
Crail Community Hall



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Karen Marshalsay at Crail Community Hall

Karen Marshalsay is a master of traditional Scottish harp music. Specialising on all three Scottish harps – both gut- and wire-strung and the baroque bray harp with its buzzing sitar effect – Karen has appeared throughout the UK, Europe, America and Australia.

Career highlights include the Edinburgh International Festival, Celtic Connections, and the Australian National Folk Festival, working with African, Indian and Paraguayan musicians and on multi-cultural projects including Yatra, which premiered at the Edinburgh Mela in 2008.

With a particular interest in pipe music, Karen has played with Allan MacDonald in his acclaimed pibroch concerts, including the Edinburgh International Festival’s From Battle Lines to Bar Lines series (2004), and for the National Piping Centre’s 2013 Ceòl na Piòba concert.

As a composer, Karen has produced new works for Celtic Connections’ New Voices series, Hands up for Trad’s Distil showcase concerts, and Drake Music Scotland, and she was Composer in Residence with Harps North West in 2016. She released a solo album, The Road to Kennacraig, in July 2019.

Karen also currently performs with the legendary Irish flute player, singer and founder of Boys of the Lough, Cathal McConnell’s trio.

Full of entertaining musical insights, Karen’s concerts take you into the timeless world of Scotland’s ancient instrument.

“One of the leading contemporary performers on the instrument” – The Scotsman

“One of the finest harpists in the world…all three Scottish harps centre stage and giving the acoustic lift that heightens the senses gloriously” – Liverpool Sound and Vision

“The Road to Kennacraig is a compelling and well-wrought collection” – The Living Tradition


Crail Community Hall

Crail Community Hall is a beautiful and unique Grade B listed building set in the picturesque Royal Burgh of Crail. It was originally a Church building dating from the Edwardian period featuring a beautiful wooden roof linked with pairs of arches into the transepts. The building consists of two halls and a kitchen. The small hall holds 50 people and is directly linked to the kitchen through big folding doors. The large hall can seat up to 120 people, features a stage including professional theatre lighting and sound system, both of which are controlled from the gallery.

Address - Crail Community Hall, St Andrews Road, Crail, KY10 3UH

Phone no - 01333451206

Accessibility - Wheelchair access through side door opposite the car park

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