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Taigh Ciùil: Esther Swift

Likened to Kate Bush, Anna Meredith and Bjork, Esther Swift explores ritual, connection, isolation, and the natural world in her performance with pedal harp and voice. We are thrilled to host Esther for a Taigh Ciùil night on North Uist as part of her 2023 Hebridean Tour in what promises to be an enchanting evening of live music. 

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“Björk-esque” – The Edinburgh Reporter 

“inventive…really impressed and engaged” – Fiona Shepherd, The Scotsman 

“singularly compelling, as well as accessible” – Adrian Pallant, London Jazz 

“monster musician” – Chris Wood

A prolific, boldly innovative harpist, composer and singer, Esther works across genres as diverse as classical chamber music and free improvisation, and writes for ensembles large and small. Having studied at Edinburgh’s St Mary’s Music School and the Royal Northern College of Music, as well as with harp pioneer Catriona McKay, Esther has received numerous prestigious commissions and featured in many international collaborations. She has travelled to Vietnam, New Zealand, Malaysia, Mongolia, and beyond with her music, and shared international, music lead collaborations with musicians and other artists around the world.  

She was recently commissioned by Celtic Connections, Chamber Music Scotland, Manchester Jazz festival and The Edwin Morgan trust and was selected for the Made in Scotland 2022 programme at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival with her Celtic Connections Sound Effects piece.  



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