Harp Course with Alison Kinnaird at Blackhills Estate, Mon 17th July - Fri 21st July 2017 June 29 2017

Alison Kinnaird

Alison Kinnaird will again be teaching this very popular course, which takes place on the beautiful Blackhills Estate near Elgin in Morayshire. Early booking is recommended as the course is limited to fifteen participants.

The atmosphere is always relaxed and friendly and the five day course provides an opportunity to learn in depth. The teaching  is all aural - no need to read music - but is aimed at those with some experience of playing the harp, and is therefore not suitable for total beginners.

The £250 course fee includes all tuition and meals, and the early finish time each day allows opportunities to socialise, relax, play music together and explore the estate gardens. Limited accomodation and harp hire is available on a first-come first-served basis.

Alison Kinnaird has been at the forefront of the revival, and continuing success, of the Scottish harp. She plays both gut-strung Scottish harp and wire-strung clarsach, and is recognised as an authority on both the instrument and its history.

Book or find out more from organiser Steph Christie by e-mail at or by telephone on 01343 842 223

The Blackhills webpage will be updated with details of the 2017 course soon, and can be found here:

Alison Kinnaird MBE - Art in Glass - Edinburgh Festival Fringe Exhibition June 13 2017

Alison Kinnaird MBE - Art in Glass - Solo Edinburgh Festival Fringe Exhibition4th - 28th August 2017
Daily 10am-6pm
Fringe Venue 244
Shillinghill Studios

Temple Records artist Alison Kinnaird has a parallel career as an artist working in glass, with an international reputation. Using the ancient technique of wheel-engraving, often combining it with cutting-edge technology such as LED lighting, her work ranges from small intimate pieces to architectural scale projects and is in many public and private collections, including the V&A Museum, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and the Corning Museum of Glass NY.

'Hers is a fusing with the physical elements of glass of metaphysical elements of imagery and perceptions, inner worlds and 'otherworlds', symbolism, inherited belief and lost experience, time and timelessness'
Hugh Cheape, Royal Museums of Scotland

This solo exhibition will take place in the conservation village of Temple, 12 miles south of Edinburgh, in the converted church which has been Alison's home and studio for many years, the building where Temple Records are also based. The ruined church close to the studio was the headquarters of the Knights Templar in Scotland in the 14th century, and as well as enjoying the open studio exhibition in a spectacular building, visitors can discover this historic venue.

Find out more about the exhibition (including directions and transport) and Alison's work at:

New Version: Temple Records Free Download Sampler! December 22 2016

Free Temple Records Download Sampler
As a little festive gift, we've just updated our free download sampler with six new tracks from Alison Kinnaird,  Fiddlers Five, Heritage, Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band, Mac-talla and Seamus Tansey so download and enjoy!

The sampler allows you to practice downloading from our website
without making a purchase, and lets you hear a selection of great tracks from our catalogue.

Just add it to your cart & checkout as normal - you won't be asked for payment details.

Enjoy, and then come back for more!

New Download: Alison Kinnaird's album 'The Silver String', with full sleevenotes and accompanying videos November 16 2015

We're gradually making our back catalogue available as direct downloads from and we've just made Scottish harper & glass artist Alison Kinnaird's most recent album 'The Silver String' available as a download (FLAC or mp3) in our online store, with full sleevenotes and accompanying videos.  It's also still available as a CD with accompanying DVD.

You can listen to a clip of the opening track 'Laura Bhisa' below and find The Silver String album here in our Secure Online Shop