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Karen Harper

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I am a Fiddler - Violinist from Carmyllie, Angus, on the East Coast of Scotland. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Applied Music, and an Associate of the London College Teaching Diploma (ALCM(TD)). I have been playing the violin since age 7. I was originally classically trained and passed my Grade 8 Violin with distinction. I found a passion for Scottish Fiddle music early on and age 9 I joined Dundee Strathspey and Reel Society, where, under the tutelage of Bob Edwards, I entered and won my first fiddle competition at Newtongrange, aged 10. As a soloist I competed all over Scotland including invitation only contests at Glamis Castle. In 1991 I won Scottish Junior Fiddle at the renowned Mussleburgh festival. At age 14 I travelled to Germany to perform in Wurzburg with Dundee Strathspey and Reel Society, and was awarded their young musician of the year later that year. My teenage years saw me perform at international music and dance festivals across Europe including Austria, France, Holland, and Switzerland.


I have over 20 years teaching experience and currently teach for schools within Angus Council, as well as running my own private teaching practise. I have full disclosure from Disclosure Scotland PVG scheme and also hold a certificate in basic first aid.


I regularly perform alongside some of Scotland's Finest Musicians on a freelance basis. I can provide a Ceilidh band to suit your needs and budget, with disco options also available.


Bands I have played in previously include Celtic Group Makinadin with whom I recorded an Album at Redbarn Studios; Callanish; The Lomond Ceilidh Band; The Gallivanters; Kinlochard Ceilidh Band, and Montrose based Folk Band Heidrum, including performing at Lancaster Music Festival as well as Norway.


I also play bagpipes and have competed in grade 3A including the World and European Pipe Band Championships. I have played for Arbroath RBL and Carnoustie and District Pipe Bands, and currently play for Forfar and District Pipe Band, who are a non-competing band.



Some of the bands I currently work with

The Tay Ceilidh Band









2018 Scottsh Wedding Awards Finalist The Tay Ceilidh Band is the ideal band for your function; we will talk you through all the dances for those who need a wee refresher on the steps. We can even provide Ceilidh/Disco for a fantastic night of entertainment. The main emphasis on the Tay Ceilidh Band Is FUN.


The Tay Ceilidh Band can be booked as anything from a 2 to 5+ piece band depending on budget. You can have Accordion, Drums, Fiddle, Piano, Second Accordion, Bass, Electric Guitar, Bagpipes. The band is made up of some of Scotland's top professional musicians.



Sporran Again


Sporran Again is a popular five-piece Scottish Ceilidh band based in Dundee, Scotland performing celtic music in a fresh, contemporary style for Scottish ceilidh dancing to audiences all over the UK for weddings, parties, student functions, corporate events, festivals, and more!


Often described as the ‘super funky ceilidh five piece’, we have been wowing audiences to their feet both at home and abroad since 1997. With a line up including fiddle, flute, electric guitar, bass, and drums we draw upon Scotland’s wealth of traditional music, presenting it with our own contemporary flare. A typical evening of dancing with Sporran Again includes a good mix of well known Scottish ceilidh standards as well as an introduction to some newer favourites – all expertly guided by our enthusiastic dance caller ensuring that everyone feels confident joining in the fun, particularly if it is their first Scottish ceilidh dance experience. Stick around and let us show you how our fresh, funky, style is quite a departure from the usual – perfect if you’re looking for a contemporary take on the ‘traditional’ Scottish ceilidh…and for something a ‘wee bit’ out of the ordinary!




SideebySide Ceilidh Band


SidebySide Ceilidh is an energetic and fun way to celebrate any event. Dynamic, upbeat and fun music showcasing guitars, drums, vocals and harmonica, Side by Side love playing at events and weddings will give you a music experience you will never forget. Add in some Fiddle-led ceilidh to give a contemporary modern twist to traditional gatherings. Rest assured – our caller will teach your dancers all the steps!



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