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Rachel Hair - Harpist in Scotland
Rachel Hair is one of Scotland's finest young players of the clarsach, the Scottish harp. Originally from the Highland village of Ullapool, Rachel was introduced to the clarsach through the work of the Feis movement.
She has since graduated with a first class honours degree in Music from the University of Strathclyde, where she was also awarded the Alexander Stone Prize for "Outstanding Performance" in her solo clarsach recital.
With family roots in both Scotland and Ireland, Rachel has developed her own style of playing traditional music on the clarsach, highly-influenced from her time studying alongside folk, jazz, classical, funk, rock and pop musicians.
Rachel has been going from strength to strength as a professional musician and has steadily begun to gain recognition as a performer and a composer. Over the past year, she has played several times throughout Europe, India, toured twice throughout the USA, as well as playing regularly throughout Scotland and the UK.
In January, she performed on the infamous BBC "Hogmanay Live" show with top Musicians Eddie Reader, Phil Cunningham, Karen Matheson, Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and Aly Bain.
Rachel has also performed as a soloist at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the much coveted Edinburgh International Harp Festival and several times at Glasgow's Celtic Connections Festival, where this year she was filmed playing with Irish harper Laoise Kelly, for BBC TV.
Her debut album, "Charmed", featuring mainly solo clarsach, and also pianist Douglas Miller, is currently being recorded at glo-worm studios and will be released this summer.
Currently as well as working as a soloist, and with her harp trio "Starlit 3", Rachel is involved as a presenter of "Celtic Music Radio". The radio station, which was first to air at this years Celtic Connections Festival, is hoped to be launched as a full time station later this year, with Rachel as one of the key presenters.
Wedding Ceremonies, Functions and Corporate Events
Rachel has an extensive repertoire of Scottish, Celtic, and classical music for wedding ceremonies and background music.
Here are some samples of her work. Just double-click on the link and it should start playing in Windows Media Player within ten seconds. If you are having trouble playing the MP3 see the Help section at the bottom of this page.
O'Carolan's Concerto - MP3 (362KB)
Gillian's Waltz - MP3 (658KB)
The Kesh Jig - MP3 (524KB)
The Noon Lassies - MP3 (567KB)
MacLeod's Farewell - MP3 (422KB)
Da Day Dawn - MP3 (776KB)
To Hire Rachel
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Help! How do I play these music files?
It's easy! Just double-click on the link and Windows Media Player (or whatever music player you have installed on your PC) should run and start playing the music file within a few seconds. Make sure you have your speakers plugged in and switched on.
If you have a Broadband internet connection (which is very fast), then the music files should play very smoothly straight away.
However, if you have a standard "Dialup" connection (your modem dials up to allow you to make the connection to the internet) then you will find the music file stops and starts all the time. This is because your PC music player is trying to stream or play the music as it downloads to your hard drive but your internet connection isn't fast enough to play the music smoothly.
If that is what is happening to you, then all you have to do is let the music stagger through once (it is downloading as this is happening) and then it will play at full speed after that. You can then listen to the the music file as many times as you want.
Alternatively, you can download the mp3 first and play it from your Hard Drive. To do this, just right-click on the mp3 link and select "Save target as" from the drop-down menu.
You can then save the mp3 file to your Desktop or any other folder of your choice.
When the mp3 file is completely downloaded, double-click on it and it will play immediately on Windows Media player or whatever music player you have installed.
We hope that has helped you. If not, just give us a ring on 0141 577 6604 and we'll talk you through it.
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