Celtic Harpist

Rachel Hair

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About Rachel

Internationally acclaimed harpist based in Glasgow, renowned for her professionalism, reliability and impeccable turn-out.
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Rachel Hair is one of Scotland’s foremost Scottish harpists and is passionate in providing a first class service of high quality music, tailoring it to each event, helping make YOUR event one to remember! Rachel’s career as a performer has seen her release 5 critically acclaimed albums and regularly sees tour in the USA, Canada, Asia and Europe. Renowned for her professionalism, reliability and impeccable turn-out she has performed and provided music at weddings and corporate events at many of Scotland’s top venues for some of the world’s most famed companies and clients. She has performed for dignitaries including HRH The Queen, HRH Prince Phillip, the US Secretary of State, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, the First Minister of Scotland, and numerous celebrities. A first-class music graduate, Rachel is happy to provide a playlist for wedding clients and is happy to discuss any special requests.

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Rachel's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Emma F
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

THANK YOU, Rachel, for providing impeccably beautiful music during our wedding ceremony. We loved all the songs and the trad pieces fit in so well with the venue surroundings. All of our guests commented on how wonderful you were too. You were a joy to work with and to have a part of such a special occasion. Don't think twice about getting in touch with Rachel- she was a joy to work with and her service is a solid 10/10.

Natalie N
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Fantastic performance! Rachel was a pleasure to work with.

Claire C
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Rachel was just amazing. Cannot fault her at all. Beautiful music and amazing catalogue of music to choose from and even learnt a song at my request for the ceremony

Michael D
3 years ago
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5 out of 5

Can't give Rachel any more than 5 stars across the board. She was fantastic and I would advise anyone thinking about a harpist to book her whether it be a wedding ( like we did ) or any indeed any other event with live music. She was really professional and was happy to learn our wedding song which wasn't on her current playlist, despite it being fairly short notice. Thanks again.

From other customers:

Elizabeth C
4 years ago, for a Wedding in The Gleneagles Hotel
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5 out of 5

Thank you so much for playing harp at our wedding. So many guests have commented that your playing was just beautiful and it was just magical to be able to walk down the aisle to my favourite song! I wish you all the best in your career.

Joanna A
7 years ago, for a Wedding in 10 Dumbreck Rd
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5 out of 5

A quick note to thank you so much for playing at our wedding. Sorry I didn't get a chance to thank you on the day. We loved your music and our guests commented on how beautiful it was.

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Rachel's Song list

Amazed (Lonestar)
Angel (Robbie Williams)
A Moment Like This (Leona Lewis)
Blowers Daughter (Damien Rice)
Blowin in the Wind (Bob Dylan)
Cannonball (Damien Rice)
Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis Presley)
Drops of Jupiter/Tell Me (Train)
Everything I do, I do it for You (Bryan Adams)
Fields of Gold (Sting)
Fireflies (Owl City)
Flying Without Wings (Westlife)
From This Moment On (Shania Twain)
Hallelujah (Alexanda Burke/Leonard Cohen)
Have I Told You Lately (Van Morrison)
He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother (The Hollies/Nial Diamond/The Osbournes)
Here Comes the Sun (The Beatles)
Hero (Mariah Carey)
Hey Jude (The Beatles)
Hoppipolla (Sigor Ros)
Greatest Day (Take That)
I Believe I Can Fly (R Kelly)
Love Me Tender (Elvis)
Lucky Man (The Verve)
Nothing Else Matters (Metallica)
Only Time (Enya)
The Prayer (Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli)
River Flows in You (Yiruma)
Rule the World (Take That)
Run (Snow Patrol/Leona Lewis)
Something Inside So Strong (Labbi Siffri)
Stairway to Heaven (Led Zepplin)
Tears in Heaven (Eric Clapton)
The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face (Roberta Flack/Leona Lewis/ Ewan Maccoll)
Truly Madly Deeply (Savage Garden)
What a Wonderful Wolrd (Louis Armstrong)
Yellow (Coldplay)
Yesterday (Beatles)
You Raise Me Up (Westlife/Josh Groban)
The Arrival of the Queen of Sheeba (Handel)
Bridal March from Lohengrin/Here Comes the Bride (Wagner)
Canon in D (Pachebel)
Chaconne (Clarke)
Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring (Bach)
O’Carolans Concerto (O’Carolan)
Ode to Joy (Beethoven)
River Flows in You (Yurima)
Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)
Wedding March from Midsummer Nights Dream (Mendelssohn)
Film / TV / Musicals
A Thousand Years (Twilight)
All I Ask of You (Phantom of the Opera)
Beauty and the Beast (main song)
Braveheart (main theme/Secret Wedding)
Can You Feel the Love Tonight (from The Lion King)
Concerning Hobbits (Lord of the Rings)
Everything I Do (Robin Hood)
Forrest Gump (main theme)
Game of Thrones (main theme)
Homeland, Hans Zimmer (Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron)
Jurassic park (main theme)
Moon River (from Breakfast at Tiffanys)
My Heart Will Go On (from Titanic)
Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’ (Oklahoma)
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (from The Wizard of Oz)
Star Wars (main theme)
Superman (main theme)
Oh What a Beautiful Morning (from Oklahoma!)
The Rose (The Rose)
Touch the Sky (Brave)
Up (main theme)
Walking in the Air (The Snowman)
Amazing Grace
Caledonia (Dougie Maclean)
Danny Boy
Dark Island
Eriskay Love Lilt
Flow Gently Sweet Afton (Robert Burns)
Flower of Scotland
Highland Cathedral
My Love is like a Red, Red Rose (Robert Burns)
O’Carolons Concerto (O’Carolan)
Whisky in the Jar
Wild Mountain Thyme
And lots more of the same Celtic theme

Rachel's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£200
Up to 1 hour£230
Up to 2 hours£290
Up to 3 hours£350
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I don't tend to book more than one event on the day, so as long as you let me know if timings have changed it shouldn't be a problem.

How much time do you need to set up?

Generally I arrive 45 minutes before performance time to set up, tune my harp and warm-up.

Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?

It is indeed I've include all travel costs, including the transport of my harp, in the quotes.

Do you need any equipment provided to play outdoors?

If it's dry all I'll require is a shaded area (I've pale Scottish skin that burns easily!). If it's raining I'll need full cover as my instrument is valuable and could be damaged.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Yes of course, hopefully you'll see something you like!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If you have any requests please let me know in plenty of time and I'll see if it will be possible for me to play. I have a maximum of 3 request songs, any extra and there will be an extra fee of £10 per song.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I tailor them especially to the event... making sure that the music is perfectly timed, eg, for walking down the aisle. I am most attentive to details and experienced at reacting to what is happening.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Edinburgh Castle Stirling Castle Gleneagles Hotel One Devonshire Gardens Prestonfield House The Old Course, St Andrews Mount Stuart National Museum of Scotland The Balmoral Blair Castle Dundas Castle Dalhousie Castle Hopetoun House Borthwick Castle Cornhill Castle Blairquhan Castle Wedderburn Castle The Signet Library The Scottish Parliament

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Whilst I'm most at home playing Scottish music, I'm a lover of movie music, and well, I love playing Disney hits on the harp!

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

For HRH the Queen and HRH Prince Phillip.
Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Pop, Classical
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Virtual event
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Other skills:
Accompanist, Instrumental teaching
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