INVERCLYDE Harpist And Sailor To Perform At Beacon

9 March, 2023 | Local, Noticeboard

A HARPIST and sailor who writes songs inspired by her voyages will perform at Beacon Arts Centre this month.

Chloe Matharu, from Wemyss Bay, creates music that draws on her time working as a navigational officer in the Merchant Navy.

The singer has sailed around the world on oil tankers, and her songs give an insight into the modern sailor’s life, and blend field recordings of the natural world with the harp.

She is keen to explore breaking down cultural and gender barriers through her music, which offers a unique maritime narrative -– the voice of a female seafarer.

Matharu will perform Small Voyages, her eight-track album of original songs, at the Beacon on Saturday 18 March at 7.30pm. Tickets are available online.

The album was named Celtic Music Radio’s Album of the Year in 2022, and Matharu has performed at several folk festivals including Fringe by the Sea in North Berwick and the Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections.

Lisa McRuvie, marketing manager at Beacon Arts Centre, said: “Matharu’s music draws on her experience working at sea, and blends together her beautiful harp playing with sounds of the natural world.

“This year marks the 10th anniversary of Beacon Arts Centre. We are celebrating with a packed programme of music, theatre, theatre and visual arts.

“Our key mission is to make the arts accessible to all and hope to continue bringing a fun and varied programme in the years to come that showcases local talent like Matharu as well as artists from further afield.”

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