Biography

Taran is an up and coming fiddle player and singer song-writer from Cumbria, with a strong interest in therapeutic music.

After starting the fiddle at aged seven she also branched out into mandolin, guitar and bouzouki playing through the Folkworks Summer Schools where she was taught by musicians such as Kathryn Tickell, James Fagan and Tom Kitching amongst others. Through the summer school she became a part of Kathryn Tickell’s ‘JigHop’ project in 2012, where she performed at Celtic Connections festival, the Newcastle Torch Relay Ceremony and the BT River of Music Festival in Trafalgar Square.

During a series of residentials at Halsway Manor in Somerset, Taran became interested in song collecting and singer song-writing, and has worked over the years to develop and refine her unique song collection along with her traditional clog dance styles. Having performed at many festivals such as ClogFest, Along the Wall and Maddy Prior’s Stepping Stones festival, Taran then went on to develop her music therapy skills at the Jigsaw Children’s Hospice in Cumbria. This lead her to volunteer in Chile for a year with Project Trust, working with people with learning disabilities.

Taran is currently studying traditional music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a view to continue into music therapy in the future.