Heather fell in love with the harp after hearing Alan Stivell’s Renaissance of the Celtic Harp in 1971, which placed the instrument centre-stage. Other bands, such as Robin Williamson and his Merry Band, Sileas, The Poozies and Ceolbeg were all starting to show how versatile the harp could be.
As member of the Clarsach Society, which runs The Edinburgh International Harp Festival, Heather has been privileged to learn with some of the most acclaimed harpers, including Park Stickney, Corrina Hewitt, Ralf Kleeman, Cheyenne Brown, Rachel Hair, Patsy Sneddon and Mary McMaster. The biggest influence on Heather’s playing and singing has to be Wendy Stewart, a fabulous Scottish Harper, who has given encouragement, tunes, beautiful arrangements for songs, and the confidence to build a Bohemian Harp with Christophe Locherbach. This harp can now be heard regularly at sessions on the island playing traditional songs, tunes and stories together with up-beat contemporary pieces, often with a bluesy flavour! Heather has played with Cordon Bleu, Bloomin’ Heather and Dagda’s Daughters. She has known Dónal, Nicola, Cams and Stuart for a long time – playing at sessions with them over the years and has always enjoyed the spark from the music they share.