Are you a musical instrument maker, or musician, working with historical instruments and looking for ways to inform and enhance your work?
Are you a museum professional seeking to discover the full potential of the musical instruments in your collection?
Take a look around and explore the services I offer and samples of my work. I conduct construction, craftsmanship, and historical use analysis of musical instruments and provide the information and technical guidance my clients can use to advance their work.
My expertise is in non-invasive techniques, utilizing 20+ years of experience in digital multispectral scientific imaging, and an interdisciplinary background in STEM and music, with advanced training and experience in musical instrument research and analysis. Don't see what you're looking for here? Get in touch. I would love to hear from you!
I have led groundbreaking work studying the historical harps of Ireland and Scotland, including a recent project funded by the Arts Council of Ireland to undertake analysis of the Hollybrook harp at the National Museum of Ireland for the Historical Harp Society of Ireland.
Previous work includes scientific analysis of the Lamont and Queen Mary harps, two rare early surviving clàrsachs, in collaboration with the National Museum of Scotland. This research is now being used by musical instrument makers to produce informed replicas of these historical harps.
I also give presentations to specialist and general audiences, and am dedicated to public outreach and education. I served on the Governing Body of the Historical Harp Society of Ireland from 2016–2020, and am Assistant Director for the 2021 Scoil na gCláirseach - Festival of Early Irish Harp.