Originally from Scotland, clàrsach in hand, Maeve Gilchrist has moved to the United States where she has developed a unique sound between Celtic, jazz and experimental music. The release of her new album, 20 Chandler Street, gives us the opportunity to come back to the unusual career of one of today's most talented harpists.
The Scottish Harp Anthology is a unique collection in three volumes of traditional tunes in arrangement and new compositions by about twenty Scottish or Scottish based harp players: Cheyenne Brown, Gillian Fleetwood, Maeve Gilchrist, Rachel Hair, Corrina Hewat, Emily Hoile, Màiri MacLeod, Mary Macmaster, Karen Marshalsay, Marie Louise Napier, Rachel Newton, Hannah Phillips, Ailie Robertson, Fiona Rutherford, Patsy Seddon, Wendy Stewart, Fraya Thomsen, Heather Yule and myself, since I was living in the country at that time.
Ten Celtic harps performing on stage, a forty-five minutes of music specially composed for them is something quite unusual and noticeable to be presented. Commissioned for the 30th anniversary of the Edinburgh International Harp Festival, this work was revealed as some of the most creative music ever written for the Celtic harp, a crazy bet taken up by Corrina Hewat.