Lucie Hendry has been nominated in Up and Coming Artist of the Year sponsored by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2023.
I am a lever harpist originally from Aberdeenshire and grew up with a passion for both Scottish music and world music. I went on to study Scottish traditional music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and graduated in 2018. Since then I have been working freelance in Glasgow and the past few years, I have also been working more in Denmark, both on my solo repertoire while promoting Scottish music in the country.
I am currently enjoying some international collaborations, primarily through the Lucie Hendry Trio, where I am joined by an electric guitarist and drummer. We recorded my debut solo album, Land of Eden, which I released in June 2023 and have since toured in both Denmark and Scotland. I am particularly interested in exploring alternative instrumental constellations as a lever harpist while creating Scottish folk fusion music.
Growing up listening to and playing Scottish traditional music established strong roots from which all my music now stems from. My Scottish musical roots ground me and have always given me a sense of place and cultural identity, no matter where I travel to or who I work with.
My recent Scotland tour with my trio was a real highlight. We absolutely loved touring around Scotland for the first time as a trio and giving a couple workshops to music students. Releasing my debut solo album, Land of Eden, earlier this June was another highlight. I would also say that being a finalist of the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2021 competition was pretty special for me!
My plans involve creating lots more music and collaborating with many different musicians both at national and international level. I'm starting to plan album 2, and I want to keep developing my trio as well as getting a project up and running with fellow harpist, Justyna Krzyżanowska, that we have been writing music for. My aim is to explore new musical grounds with the lever harp while sharing the instrument with many new audiences.