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Catriona McKay is a fearless explorer of the Scottish harp who is widely recognised for her dynamic musicianship and innovative, rhythmic use of the harp.

Winner of O’Carolan International Harp Festival (Keadue, Co. Roscommon) 1994.
BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Musician semi-finalist 1994.
1st Class Honours BA Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama / Glasgow University 1998.
Caird Trust scholarship & Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music scholarship 1998-2000.
Royal Northern College of Music PGDip RNCM, and PPRNCM (2000)
Yehudi Menuin’s Live Music Now! Artist 1999-2002 
BBC Radio 3 ‘Young Classical Musician’ finalist 1999.
NFMS (National Federation of Music Societies) Young Concert Artist for 2000/01. 
Premier Prix -  1er Concours International de Harpe Celtique Jakez-François 2004, France.
Catriona McKay Solo cd ‘Starfish’ (2007) nominated ‘Album of the Year’ 2008 Scots Trad. Music Awards.
Winner ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ 2007 Scots Trad. Music Awards.
Catriona McKay finalist ‘Spirit of Scotland’ – Music Category 2010.
Winner ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ 2014 Scots Trad. Music Awards.
Catriona McKay & Chris Stout BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Best Duo 2018

Duo music partnership with Shetland fiddler Chris Stout since 1995, CDs ‘Laebrack’ (Greentrax, 2005) ‘White Nights’ (McKay Stout Music, 2010), Bare Knuckle (McKay Stout Music, 2018) ' ‘Begley, McKay, Stout (2014), ‘SEAVAIGERS’ concerto for Scottish Harp & fiddle with Scottish Ensemble by composer Sally Beamish (2014) . Highly acclaimed performances and collaborations worldwide.


4 solo CDs, Catriona McKay (2002), Starfish (2007) nominated ‘Album of the Year’ 2008 Scots Trad. Music Awards, Harponium (2013), Love in Secret (2020).


Catriona has has created 4 albums of improvised music with composer and sound artist Alistair MacDonald, inluding the recent HARPONIUM electrosessions (2020) and When Feathers Appear (2021).

Member of Shetland band Fiddlers’ Bid since 1998, 4 CD recordings, “Best Contemporary Live Music Presentation” nomination at Australian Entertainment Industry Association’s Helpmann Awards (2002) winner ‘Best Live Act 2003’ and winner ‘Album of the Year 2009’ at the Scots Trad. Music Awards. 2 Harp & Nyckelharpa CD's with Olov Johnasson, Foogy (2009), Auld Harp (2013)

Find out more about Catriona at her website

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