2007 Awardee: Lynsey McRitchie

Thank you very much! I am delighted.


From Stornoway in the Western Isles, Lynsey has been involved in music making in her local community for years. She was a founder and key member of the local folk group Teine, which has performed throughout Scotland and Ireland. Recently they recorded an impressive debut CD, on which Lynsey sings, plays fiddle, piano and clàrsach and arranged some of the tracks.

Multi-talented Lynsey has won classes on keyboard, piano, clàrsach and fiddle at local and national Mod competitions. Teine have also won prizes at National Mod competitions. In 2005 she won the Western Isles Young Musician of the Year competition and in 2007 she was invited to play clàrsach for the First Minister in Ann Tanntair and in Orkney.

Lynsey is currently continuing her music studies at Glasgow’s RSAMD and her long-term ambition is to pursue a career in music performance, specialising in Scottish traditional music.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award enabled Lynsey to buy a clarsach.

Since the Award

Since receiving her new harp, Lynsey writes that her playing has gone from strength to strength.  “I feel very privileged to have received a Daughter of Dewar award and realise that it has helped, and will continue to help, my progress on the harp as long as I keep playing and for this I would like to thank you for giving me this opportunity.”

Thank you very much! I am delighted.