Fraya Thomsen

YEAR OF AWARD: 2007
AGE AT AWARD: 24
ARTFORMS: Music , Harp
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Biography

Born in Sutherland, Fraya is considered to be one of the best clàrsach players of her generation. Now living in beautiful Arisaig, Fraya studied Scottish traditional music at RSAMD, Glasgow, where she graduated with an exceptional first class honours degree.

Since then, Fraya has built up a reputation as a professional musician of note, with her band, The Duplets, and also touring with Abigail Grey, a seven piece original song band.

 

Fraya’s 10-year-old clàrsach, which has travelled all over the country with her as well as to other continents, is giving up the ghost. As Fraya says, it ‘makes unusual and unwanted noises’ when playing. This might sound familiar to those starting to learn a new musical instrument, but disconcerting for the professional musician.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award enables Fraya to buy a new professional standard clàrsach.



I am hugely grateful for this substantial contribution, which will enable me to pursue my career in a highly professional manner.