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A pdf is available to download listing all scores and is updated as new works become available.

Each harp arrangement / composition provides a score to allow a full performance.

Each fiddle score comes with an mp3 solo fiddle performance by Chris Stout.


Catriona McKay C.V.

Catriona McKay is a fearless explorer of the Scottish harp who is widely recognised for her dynamic musicianship and innovative, rhythmic use of the harp.

Winner of O’Carolan International Harp Festival (Keadue, Co. Roscommon) 1994.
BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Musician semi-finalist 1994.
1st Class Honours BA Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama / Glasgow University 1998.
Caird Trust scholarship & Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music scholarship 1998-2000.
Royal Northern College of Music PGDip RNCM, and PPRNCM (2000)
Yehudi Menuin’s Live Music Now! Artist 1999-2002 
BBC Radio 3 ‘Young Classical Musician’ finalist 1999.
NFMS (National Federation of Music Societies) Young Concert Artist for 2000/01. 
Premier Prix -  1er Concours International de Harpe Celtique Jakez-François 2004, France.
Catriona McKay Solo cd ‘Starfish’ (2007) nominated ‘Album of the Year’ 2008 Scots Trad. Music Awards.
Winner ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ 2007 Scots Trad. Music Awards.
Catriona McKay finalist ‘Spirit of Scotland’ – Music Category 2010.
Winner ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ 2014 Scots Trad. Music Awards.
Catriona McKay & Chris Stout BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Best Duo 2018

Duo music partnership with Shetland fiddler Chris Stout since 1995, CDs ‘Laebrack’ (Greentrax, 2005) ‘White Nights’ (McKay Stout Music, 2010), Bare Knuckle (McKay Stout Music, 2018) ' ‘Begley, McKay, Stout (2014), ‘SEAVAIGERS’ concerto for Scottish Harp & fiddle with Scottish Ensemble by composer Sally Beamish (2014) . Highly acclaimed performances and collaborations worldwide.

Member of Shetland band Fiddlers’ Bid since 1998, 4 CD recordings, forthcoming DVD. “Best Contemporary Live Music Presentation” nomination at Australian Entertainment Industry Association’s Helpmann Awards (2002) winner ‘Best Live Act 2003’ and winner ‘Album of the Year 2009’ at the Scots Trad. Music Awards.

2 Harp & Nyckelharpa CD's with Olov Johnasson, FOOGY (2009), AULD HARP (2013)

CHRIS STOUT

Born and brought up in the Shetland Islands in the North of Scotland, Chris Stout has become nationally and internationally recognised as one of the most exciting and dynamic fiddle players on the traditional music scene.

Whether as a solo artist or as a duo with long time musical associate Catriona McKay, Chris continues to innovate within traditional and contemporary musical circles, delivering performances that continue to excite and inspire audiences all over the world.

Chris’s restless ambition to collaborate and discover music from around the world has taken him to countries such as Brazil, Japan, Russia, Jordan, Algeria, USA, Canada and Singapore as well as touring extensively throughout Europe.

Chris has also performed many iconic venues such as the world famous Sydney Opera House and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.

He has also composed for and performed with The Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  The Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, The B.B.C. Scottish Symphony orchestra, The Singapore Chinese Orchestra, The Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Nova Scotia. In 2012 Chris was delighted to record the solo violin parts for the Pixar animation ‘Brave’ with the London Symphony Orchestra!

Chris’s music talks truthfully about the land and seascapes of Shetland. The music is open and expansive. However, for over 25 years now Chris has lived in Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city. It is this contrast which has further shaped the energy of his music and given it the identity it has today. Progressive and looking forward, yet with a deep respect of where it has come from, the deep, solid grounding of the Shetland Islands. 

His recording career has seen him release over 20 albums with various projects while also appearing as special guest on countless others.

Chris Stout has left few musical genres unexplored but his style remains grounded. He has become a true international musical ambassador to his native Shetland Islands.
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