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Rachel Hair

Rachel Hair

A superb Highland Harper

BBC Radio 2

Brilliantly simpatico duo, exhilarating adrenalin ecstatic emotion

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Traditional Music

Instrumentation

  • Rachel Hair - Clarsach (Scottish Harp)
  • Ron Jappy - Acoustic Guitar

Repertoire

Rachel and Ron are passionate about performing Scottish Traditional music and they tailor their performances to each concert, performing mainly music from Rachel’s 6 critically acclaimed albums.

From tunes written by Scotland’s fiddle greats and Highland bagpipe heroes to the recent gems composed in today’s new tradition ... heartfelt airs and waltzes to jigs and reels composed by Rachel and influenced by her worldly travel’s, Rachel and Ron tell the stories and history behind their music, allowing the audience too gain a greater understanding of it’s culture.

Biography

Take the oldest Scottish instrument, the Clarsach (Scottish Harp), and the newest addition to the traditional music arsenal, the Guitar, and throw them in the musical melting pot that is Glasgow, and out comes Rachel Hair and Ron Jappy!

Superb instrumentalists in their own right, Rachel and Ron have a shared passion for the traditional music of Scotland and have toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe, the USA and Asia.

Masterful communicators, Rachel and Ron tailor their performances to each concert, setting the scene for each piece by telling the stories and history behind them, allowing their audiences to understand so much more and be at one with the music and it’s culture.

Born and brought up in the Highland village of Ullapool and described by Musician Magazine as “One of the UK’s finest performers and educators of the lever harp” - Rachel is regarded as one of the world’s finest exponents of Scottish harp music and has released 6 highly acclaimed albums and published 5 books of traditional and original harp music. She regularly travels worldwide to perform and teach harp.

Rachel began performing with acoustic guitarist Ron Jappy, from the fishing village of Findochty, when both living in Glasgow in 2017. Their duo album SPARKS was received with superlative reviews and worldwide airplay and they are now recording it’s long awaited follow up with thanks to funding from Creative Scotland. It is planned for release in late 2022.

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