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Karen Harper

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 as far as 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 with various Ceilidh Bands, including Sporran Again, Tay Ceilidh Band, and SidebySide. Details of these can be found on my Links to Bands page. I can provide a Ceilidh band to suit your needs and budget, with disco options also available.


As well as Ceilidh Music I play in Folk/Country duo alongside Perth based singer/guitarist Callum Wallace. We do work for Music in Hospitals Scotland, a registered charity who's aim is to improve the quality of life for people of all ages in care through the provision of professional live music. Concerts take place in hospitals, hospices, care homes, day centres and special needs schools, bringing the benefits of live music to people who need it most. We also play pubs, clubs and functions across Scotland.


In previous years I have played with 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.


Please click on my other pages above to find out more information on where I'm playing next; about some of the bands I work with; for private Violin/Fiddle lessons, or to get in touch about any of the above.


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