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Canada calling for harpist

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CANADA’S foremost Celtic Colours International Festival will this year be opened by a musician from Moffat.

Singer and composer Phamie Gow, who grew up in Annandale, has been invited to open the event at the Centre 200 Arena in Cape Breton in October. She will be sharing the stage with Canadian platinum disc fiddler Ashley MacIsaac and one of Ireland’s greatest treasures, The Chieftains.

Known as a virtuoso on the Celtic harp, Phamie’s compositions have been described by Living Tradition magazine as ‘breathtaking work, wonderfully mellifluous and captivating’.

The 39-year-old released her ninth self penned album last year, entitled Beyond the Milkyway under her independent record label Wildfire and in just over a year has reached over 10m listens on digital platforms and continues to rise. Her ‘War Song’ piano solo composition is regularly played on Classic FM, who have credited her as being ‘One of the Great Women Composers’.

Before her autumnal adventures to Canada, Phamie will be in concert with some well known artists and special guests sharing the stage in this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival on August 7 at Edinburgh’s Queens Hall.

  • Pic by Aitken Pearson (Madeira)
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