Ruth Wall and Graham Fitkin performing on stage with various harps, surrounded by blue lighting

FitkinWall – Harpland

Global/Folk Tue 11 Jun 2024, 7:30pm The Haymarket



£24. Under 25s and f/t students £12 (includes £4 booking fee)

Internationally renowned harp and electronica duo FitkinWall follow threads of migration, loss, and longing in their new show.

Ruth Wall's explorations into Gaelic song, fiddle and pipe tunes, and the history of the Scottish Highlands where she grew up have a particular focus on migration and the Highland Clearances. Graham Fitkin has created enigmatic and mesmerising new versions of these for Ruth's three harps – the sitar-like Renaissance bray harp, the beautiful medieval Gaelic wire harp (clàrsach), and the Scottish lever harp.

In this show, the duo combines ancient aural sources with modern technology, creating something beautiful and at times disturbing. Dark, fragmented folk moods transform into soaring, fast-paced music. The performance features a specially commissioned light installation by celebrated artist, Peter Freeman.

FitkinWall have performed around the world, from the Royal Albert Hall, BBC Proms, Aldeburgh and Glastonbury Festivals, to Spiral Hall Tokyo, Aula Magna Rome, and tours in Iceland, Sweden, and Italy.

Cast & Creatives


4 Stars

...composer Graham Fitkin and harpist Ruth Wall conjured a haunting sense of longing and loss, wringing contemporary resonance from traditional tunes
The Guardian
The harp is luminous, pastoral and urban at the same time under Wall's fingers, she pushes the instrument to its limits... The sound is immaculate
London Jazz News

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