The Hands on Harps Team
Creag and Morwenna met 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 Nailsworth, a town in South Gloucestershire where at the time of writing they have one toddler and a baby on the way.
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, wine racks.
Charlie and Hannah met while studying guitar making at London Metropolitan University. They both have the travel bug so we don’t know how long we’ll have them for, but we’ll hold on to them for as long as we can!
Hannah, being a keen viola player since the age of 15, always had the desire to make her own instruments. She went on to receive a First Class Honors Degree in Musical Instruments from London Metropolitan University in 2016. Upon graduating Hannah and Charlie were recruited to Hands on Harps to continue instrument making. One of the many projects she has come up with is a beer keg cello.
Charlie began his journey into instrument making at the age of 16, when he first started modifying an electric guitar to install a touch pad that could control effects. By age 19 he had already began building guitar effects pedals. Charlie hand built his first instrument under Mark Bailey in Ayr, Scotland. He then went on to receive a First Class Honors Degree in Musical Instruments from London Metropolitan University in 2016. Upon graduating he and Hannah were recruited to Hands on Harps to continue life as luthiers.
Anya met Creag and Mo through mutual friends whilst they were revisiting friends in Australia. They recently reconnected at a friends’ wedding and took the opportunity to work together. Anya has spent years working with various charities and now lives on the quiet coast of Northern Ireland, enjoys walks, crafting and baking.