The Hands on Harps Team
Creag and Morwenna met while travelling in Australia and share a passion for travel and music. This has lead them, including other places, up Mt Kilimanjaro, all around Europe in a van for 2 years, busking, along the Camino de Santiago with their instruments, volunteering in Kenya, India and the Philippines and now to Stroud, a town in South Gloucestershire where they have settled down and now have 2 young boys.
Creag grew up in a business environment-his parents ran Swallow Systems, a company that made educational robots for schools. With his dad and best mate Steve he made racing robots to compete in Mircromouse, which gave him an appearance on Blue Peter at the age of 12.
He started playing the guitar aged 18 while at university in Nottingham. He has never had a face to face lesson, learning all of his songs and techniques from videos online-this is part of the inspiration for this course. He first made a harp in 2012 for Morwenna’s Christmas present, and is passionate about working with wood to make beautiful things-he has also made a bed, various signs, a model of his Dad’s workshop and wine racks.
Matt came to luthiery after completing a guitar building course in Totnes. He brings with him a wealth of woodworking and musical knowledge. Matt is a graduate of the University of Wales College of Medicine where he studied Radiography and Diagnostic Imaging. Once qualified, Matt went into pub management and ran several pubs before ending up in Monmouth for 5 years. Whilst at Monmouth he ran a successful music venue that was frequented by amongst others the Pixies, Kasabian and Robert Plant.
He now lives in Dursley with his fiancée Madeleine and his dog Lupa.
Helen joined the Hands on Harps team officially in April 2021, having always been an unofficial sounding board for Creag as his big sister. Her main job is to keep things running smoothly, especially (but not exclusively) regarding admin and bookkeeping.
Having worked in hospitality & recruitment for all her career, Helen is a problem solver by nature & is slowly de-cluttering Creag’s brain into some kind of order.
Helen lives in High Wycombe next door to her and Creag’s parents with her husband Martin, children Richard & Timmy, Wesley the dog & Gizmo the cat.
Harper joined the team in April 2023. She specialises in harp percussion, using her tail, but her main job is as a well-being consultant, which she does fantastically.
She is also a customer greeter and chaser of balls.