The Hands on Harps Team
Creag and Morwenna met while travelling in Australia and share a passion for travel and music. This has lead them, including other places, up Mt Kilimanjaro, all around Europe in a van for 2 years, busking, along the Camino de Santiago with their instruments, volunteering in Kenya, India and the Philippines and now to Nailsworth, a town in South Gloucestershire where at the time of writing they have one toddler and a baby on the way.
Creag grew up in a business environment-his parents ran Swallow Systems, a company that made educational robots for schools. With his dad and best mate Steve he made racing robots to compete in Mircromouse, which gave him an appearance on Blue Peter at the age of 12.
He started playing the guitar aged 18 while at university in Nottingham. He has never had a face to face lesson, learning all of his songs and techniques from videos online-this is part of the inspiration for this course. He first made a harp in 2012 for Morwenna’s Christmas present, and is passionate about working with wood to make beautiful things-he has also made a bed, various signs, a model of his Dad’s workshop, wine racks.
Anya met Creag and Mo through mutual friends whilst they were revisiting friends in Australia. They recently reconnected at a friends’ wedding and took the opportunity to work together. Anya has spent years working with various charities and now lives on the quiet coast of Northern Ireland, enjoys walks, crafting and baking.
Ellie is our new harp maker and teacher who’s joined us after just finishing her Foundation Degree in Art and Design. Ellie has been creating sculptures all her life and is excited to be moving her practice onto functional designs in wood rather than artistic pieces in clay and plaster. Gael Music (now operating in Glasgow) approached Ellie’s school when she was 13 and found her to be a natural harpist. Ellie has carried on the Gael Music ethos teaching folk music to young people at festivals with Shooting Roots and is now studying for her grade 8 in Irish Folk music on the harp.