Tutored by Gordon Davey R.A., I made my first harp in 1990. Between 1992 and 1995 I studied musical instrument making (BSc (Hons) Music Technology) at London Guildhall University (now London Metropolitan University) followed by a short stint at Pilgrim Harps, Surrey, England. In 2000 I retrained as primary school teacher and since have specialised in special educational needs. Following the discovery of the lost papers of Jacob Erat's harp company, I returned to London Met in 2008 where I completed an MA. Between 2010 and 2017 I undertook an AHRC funded PhD, graduating in 2018. In 2016 I received a Let Teacher's Shine Award for work on communication with autistic teenagers, and in 2019 I won the Terence Pamplin Award for Organology from The Worshipful Company of Musicians. My first book, Mizen: Rescued Folklore, Histories and Songs from Ireland's South West was published in 2019, and my new book, Harp Making in Late-Georgian London, will be available in the summer of 2020.
Writing. Goleen, West Cork, Ireland. 2016
Preparing soundbox wings for a 41-string Progress double-action harp (extended soundboard) at Pilgrim Harps, South Godstone, Surrey, U.K., 1996
Working on the body of a 41-string Progress double-action harp (extended soundboard) at Pilgrim Harps, South Godstone, Surrey, U.K., 1996