Ruth grew up in the Highlands and has had a strong interest in traditional music since a young age. She began singing and playing the piano aged 7, but discovered where her true passion and talent lay when she was introduced to the Scottish harp at the age of 12.
After school, Ruth moved to Glasgow where she went to university and gained a BA (Hons) European Business degree. Following periods of study and work in France and Japan, she settled in Glasgow to pursue her career in music and begin her studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Ruth gained a Diploma in Music Education then continued on to the BA (Hons) Scottish Music course, graduating with First Class Honours in 2016.
Ruth is an innovative composer and is experienced in arranging different styles of music for the clarsach, ranging from traditional tunes to contemporary songs. Ruth has performed at numerous gigs, music festivals, concerts, weddings and events across Scotland, and continues to be in demand as a solo performer. She also enjoys performing in healthcare and hospital settings, and her practical research in this field led to her appointment as Musician in Residence on the Hospital Notes pilot project at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert.
Ruth is also passionate about music education. She teaches one-to-one and group harp lessons for learners of all ages and abilities, both privately and with The Clarsach Society and Feisean nan Gaidheal branches. She regularly leads music workshops in nurseries, schools and community groups. Since November 2016 she has been part of the Art of Learning project (a partnership with Creative Scotland and Education Scotland) which sees her working with primary schools and teachers to explore the role of music in cross-curricular creative learning.
“Thank you for the lovely performance during our event. We received many positive comments about the delightful music and I felt it added immensely to the overall enjoyment of our guests on the evening.”
Consul General of Italy, March 2015.