Crathes Music Sessions: Celtic Christmas with Fearghal McCartan

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Celebrate the festive season with Celtic music by Fearghal McCartan.

Join us at a festive evening of Celtic music in the Great Hall of the Castle. Featuring Fearghal McCartan, an award-winning harpist originally from County Down, Ireland, ‘Celtic Christmas’ is a musical tour of Celtic lands, including Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Wales and Brittany.

The music featured this evening spans several centuries and is a combination of lively reels and jigs as well as peaceful lullabies and carols– all themed around winter, Christmas and the New Year Get into the festive spirit this December, enjoy the Celtic sound journey...and cup of delicious homemade mulled wine.

A very limited number of tickets are available!


Born in County Down, Ireland, Fearghal has been playing traditional harp for over twenty years and classical harp for fifteen. After completing his university studies in Aberdeen, he stayed in Scotland teaching both privately and with Scottish Culture & Traditions as well as performing with many of the city’s orchestras, giving solo performances and working with ceilidh bands.

Fearghal has won many of Ireland’s top harp competitions including Keadue, Co. Roscommon (2008, 2015), as well as Senior Harp Solo and Voice with Harp at the Pan-Celtic Festival (2014 & 2015) against competitors from the six Celtic nations. In 2017 he also won the Traditional Open and James Scott Skinner Open sections of the Aberdeen and North-East Music Festival – the first time in its history that a non fiddle-playing competitor has won the latter.

Before teaching and touring with SC&T (FestiRibe in June 2016), Fearghal worked as a cocktail musician between 2010 and 2014 with Swan Hellenic Cruises. He traveled the world and completed a circumnavigation of South America as the leader of a trio of musicians at the start of 2014.

He is currently based near Grenoble in the south-east of France, teaching, playing and touring with local groups (including AMTrad in Chambery) but he returns regularly to teach and perform in both Scotland and Ireland. His main interests are the music of Turlough O’Carolan, which served as the basis for his first CD in 2012, and traditional music from the Pan-Celtic countries. He has composed around fifty tunes to date.

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