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Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Alison Kinnaird

I chose Alison Kinnaird for today's post because I thought it would be a good idea to feature an artist, who plays Celtic harp music. I like Alison Kinnaird's music because the harp has a beautiful sound and because her music is slow paced and gentle.

Alison Kinnaird was one of the first exponents of Scottish harp music. She has so much experience with regard to harps that she knows how to play gut & wire-strung harps and has written books of harp music. She has also researched the repertoire of the harp in Scotland for more than 25 years, and helped to write the book, The Tree of Strings, which was the first history of the harp in Scotland. She was the first artist to have her Scottish harp music recorded and her first album of Scottish harp music, The Harp Key - Crann Nan Teud, is regarded as a good album to listen to if you are interested in the Scottish harp, so she is very well respected as a Scottish harp player.

If you'd like to listen to more samples of her music, here are the links to her mp3 albums on Amazon: The Scottish HarpThe Harper's Land (She recorded this album with another artist), The Harp KeyThe Silver StringThe Quiet Tradition (She has also recorded this album with another artist) and Music In Trust (another album she recorded with another artist).

This is the book she wrote with Keith Sanger and Alison Kinnaerd on the history of the harp in Scotland: Tree of Strings Crann Nan Teud: A History of the Harp in Scotland.

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