Plucky performance from Larbert harpist Sarah

Sarah MacNeil
Sarah MacNeil

A young musician will showcase her heavenly harp skills with two brilliant bands at one great gig tonight.

Former Larbert High School pupil Sarah MacNeil (22) knew from an early age music would be her life.

Now she’s going to show people just how far she’s come when she plucks some acoustic instrumentals with roots duo Mira and then plugs in her Camac electro harp to accompany the songs of her other band, Cherry Grove, at Stirling’s Tolbooth.

A recent graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Sarah has hooked up with friend Jessica Burton to form Mira and release their eponymous debut EP.

“I like all music,” she said. “I played classical when I was growing up, but now we play a lot of our own tunes and our own arrangements of traditional tunes.

“I don’t sing any songs, but who knows what the future holds. I hope to do a bit of singing along with the instrumental stuff.

“I’ve played a lot of gigs with Cherry Grove, including Glasgow’s King Tuts, and we’re heading for France later this year for a Celtic music festival.

“Mira has just started, but I would want to play more gigs with Jessica and keep trying to put a jazz and pop twist on traditional tunes.”

Always busy, Sarah says she is able to balance her role as a music tutor with Fèis Fhoirt at the Tolbooth with her two bands and also find time to fit in the odd wedding gig as well.

“You usually find that traditional musicians are in more than one band,” she said.

Having started off learning the bagpipes, Sarah’s instrument of choice is not as portable as some.

“It’s quite heavy,” she admitted. “My dad used to carry it everywhere for me, but I do it myself now. I’ve built up a bit of muscle over the years!”

Sarah MacNeil and Friends make beautiful music together from 7.30 p.m. at the Tolbooth.

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