19 August 20195* review of Misha's Gang

Karen has been guesting with the acclaimed Russian String Orchestra in Misha's Gang at Surgeons Hall during the fringe this year and got a 5 star review from the Southside Advertiser - you can read it here!

15 August 2019CD review in Liverpool Sound and Vision

Karen's album has received a great review from Liverpool Sound and Vision - read it here

02 August 2019Fatea Showcase download features a track from Karen's new album

cover art for the fatea showcase sessions autumn 2019

Now available to download from 

Fatea is proud to announce the new Fatea Showcase Session Autumn 2019:Discover is available to download

Once again we've looked at the fantastic releases that have come through the Fatea office and put together an eclectic mix of some of the best rising names across the acoustic spectrum for your enjoyment.

Featuring 16 exceptional artist we think you'll be amazed and captivated by the strength of the songs that will be available for you to download on the Fatea Showcase Session Autumn 2019:Discover compilation.

01. The Brothers Gillespie - The Banks Of The Liffey
02. Stew Simpson - True Love Is Never Blind
03. Green Ribbons - Heathery Hills
04. Forty Elephant Gang - Young Mans Game
05. Daisy Chute - London’s On Fire
06. Ariana Brophy - A Bit Of Fresh Air
07. Honey And The Bear - Dark Heart
08. The Countrymen - Trees On The Hill
09. Sadie Horler - Washed Up Mermaid
10. Neal Hoffmann - Instinct And Feel
11. Steamtown - The Kids
12. Henry Parker - Silent Spring
13. Nic Norton & The County Band - Matthew I Never Knew
14. Amy Hopwood - The Call Of The Wind Witch
15. Karen Marshalsay - The Road To Kennacraig
16. The Meadows Band - Lowlands Away

"Discover" is the 46th download in the Fatea Showcase Sessions series and is available from August 1st until October 31st 2019. This is the 12 series of releases

The download comes to you at no charge. Support the artists involved by listening to the download and then more of their songs, buying their albums, going to their gigs, writing about them on Facebook, publicising them on Twitter etc.

The 2019 Fatea Showcase Session Front Covers are beautifully artworked by Amy Goddard

02 August 20194* review in The Scotsman

Jim Gilchrist gave The Road to Kennacraig a lovely four star review in The Scotsman! Read it here.


16 July 2019London Jazz News feature

There's a lovely question and answer feature up on London Jazz News on my new album and the similarities between traditional music and jazz!

15 July 2019iTunes, Google, Spotify, Amazon release today!

Karen's new album The Road to Kennacraig is officially released today 15 July and is now available on for downloads/streaming on  iTunes, Spotify, Google, and Amazon. 

07 July 2019First album review up

The first review of Karen's new CD is now up online. David Harley notes on his own site that it's "Scottish harp music much influenced by pibroch. I really like it." The review is published by

"Perhaps it’s because of the Marmite sound of the Scottish pipes, but I think we sometimes underestimate the art of pibroch. Certainly my ears have been opened by this CD to a whole new appreciation of the genre, as well as to the instrumental artistry and compositional prowess of Karen herself.  I hope to hear a great deal more of her in the future: in the meantime, I suspect I’ll be listening to this CD quite a lot."

You can read the full review here.

04 July 2019New FB music page

Karen now has a dedicated Facebook music page if you'd like to keep in touch with all her activites you  can like the page here   It;s a good way to keep in touch with gig listings, posts, pics and even some videos etc!

27 June 2019Birnam Arts Centre 8 November

New date just added - Karen will play a solo gig with all 3 harps at Birnam Arts Centre on Friday 8 November.

24 June 2019Fife country house hosts music events

Article by Rob Adams on the series of events at Hill of Tarvit Mansion including the solo harp concert by Karen on Friday 23 August.

23 June 2019 New date in Biggar 13 September

Karen will be giving a solo harp concert for Biggar Music Club on 13 September - more details soon!

14 June 2019Solo harp gigs 23, 25 August

Karen will be playing some solo harp gigs in late August

Hill of Tarvit Mansion (NTS property) Friday August 23rd 7.30 tickets £15 here

Eyemouth Hippodrome - Sunday 25 August - afternoon concert more details tbc!


She will also be doing a solo concert on Saturday 21 September - Cappucino Concert, Wighton Centre, Dundee Central Library 11-12noon £5 info here


Check back later for more details!

06 June 2019Guesting with Russian String Orchestra 4, 11, 18 August

Karen will be guesting with the Russian String Orchestra at the Fringe this year! More info here

Tickets are available to book here £14.50 / £12  Sundays 4, 11, 18 August 1445 theSpace@Surgeons Hall (1 hour 10 minutes)

29 May 2019CD Pre-orders now online

Karen's new solo album The Road to Kennacraig is now available to buy here as a preorder ahead of the official release date of 15 July (when it will become avaiable on iTunes, Spotify etc). These CDs will ship from 25 May and cost £10 plus p+p (£2 to UK, £3 overseas).

30 April 2019Solo gig Linlithgow 24 May

Karen will be doing a solo gig with all three Scottish harps - gut and wire -strung clarsachs and buzzing brays in Linlithgow on Friday 24 May at Red Door - St Peter's Church on the High Street.

Our red doors open at 7.30pm, event commences 8pm. Tickets £12/8 available from "Far From the Madding Crowd", 20 High Street, Linlithgow or call 07849 509407.

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