Heather Ferrier is an accordionist and clog dancer based in the North East of England. Originally from Stockport, Heather’s love for traditional music came from the Fosbrook Folk Education Trust. Starting at the age of 7, she learnt accordion, piano and clog dance, and proceeded in performing in festivals in the UK and Europe with them. At 18 Heather switched the North West for the North East, to study the Folk degree at Newcastle University. There she spent her years finding her style as a composer and arranger, ending her studies double majoring in performance.
Now based in Newcastle, Heather now plays in different collaborations, which showcase different sides of her musical palette. This includes contemporary folk quartet Balter, who in January 2020 released their new single ‘Erica’s’. and this year are taking part in Sage Gateshead’s summer studios. Balter have also been nominated at the Scots Trad Music award for video of the year. She also plays with Bodhrànist Callum Younger in their duo RŪNN. 2021 will see them releasing their debut album HOPE, after a year of working remotely. Heather was also part of the group Superfolkus, led by Northumbrian piper and fiddler Kathryn Tickell, and in 2019 was asked to dep in Kathryn’s new project Kathryn Tickell and the Darkening.
As well as performing, Heather also teaches accordion and clog dance in and around the North East. She has been a tutor for Music Partnership North for many years and has also taught and led workshops at institutions such as Sage Gateshead and Newcastle University.
After a year of multiple lockdowns, 2021 will see Heather release her debut solo single “CIRCLES”. An exploration in finding inspiration from the cyclical and mundane nature of everyday life in the midst of a global crisis, ‘CIRCLES’ immerses us within our deepest thoughts before a cathartic release allows us to reconnect with our emotions once again. Heather will also be working on her EP “From the Ashes”, a piece of music that explores the emotion processes and feelings of being in lockdown.