Herald Angel Award: Cationa McKay & Chris Stout

Harp and fiddle duo Catriona McKay and Chris Stout have won a Herald Angel Award at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Catriona and Chris, who have worked together as a duo for almost twenty years, won the award following their concert as part of Scotland’s Harps series programmed by The Clarsach Society, Edinburgh Branch. Their programme included excerpts from Seavaigers co-commissioned from composer Sally Beamish by the Edinburgh International Harp Festival and performed by Catriona, Chris and the Scottish Ensemble at the 2013 festival.

Now in their 20th year, the Herald Angels are awarded by Glasgow-based newspaper The Herald for excellence across the range of festivals taking place in Edinburgh each August. The awards are much coveted by performers, companies and event organisers and previous winners include pipers Gordon Duncan and Allan MacDonald, Gaelic singer Flora MacNeil, fiddler Duncan Chisholm, and fiddle quartet Rant.

Collecting the statuette on behalf of the duo, Catriona McKay said: “What a truly lovely surprise. We’re delighted to win the Herald Angel, especially when we see the quality of performers from across the whole range of the arts that this puts us alongside.”